The main directions in medical education development in Ukraine for 2020 are defined

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On 21 January 2020, the second Steering Committee meeting of the project “Medical Education Development” was held in Kyiv. All the participants of the project – representatives of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine (MoH), regional health care departments, international projects, reformers, medical educatoкі , managers of higher educational institutions, and students – joined the  meeting.

Since 2018, the project “Medical Education Development” has been helping universities to innovate education in the frame of the medical education reform implemented by the MoH of Ukraine. The project focuses on medical universities which train future family doctors and nurses – primary health care providers – as well as managers of primary health care facilities. The higher medical education quality, the healthier the people.

In order to measure medical education performance in Ukraine, it is customary to hold the Steering Committee meetings during which all the participants summarize the work done and define the updated strategy of theoretical and practical training. Considering the implemented activities of 2019 and based on the updated understanding of the overall context and higher education institutions’ experience, better awareness of the field and actors, the MED project will implement the following changes in 2020:

It will merge simulation centres, learning environment, teaching skills, library, and e-learning, i.e. all separate activities at the pilot medical universities and nursing academies, under one umbrella of capacity building, thus ensuring more systemic approach to collaboration with the pilot institutions.

It will implement peer groups for family doctors, nurses, and health care managers, and, in future, educatos. Preliminary, the first steps of implementation may start in March.

It will support PHC providers through building the community of nurses in order to prepare the ground for advanced nurse practitioners.

In 2019, the project representatives received the request from the MoH of Ukraine to support Internatura enrolment software (called e-match) development. Further actions will depend on approval of the Decree on Internatura. If it is not approved, the alternative strategy will be developed, e.g. mentors will be trained.

It will consider developing the course on human resources planning and conducting the research on the part of graduates staying in the family doctor profession and their motivation.

It will develop the health care management program and its modules which will have a blended format (online and offline).

In all the activities the project representatives ensure multisectoral approaches, integrity, transparency, and accountability as well as compliance with international standards.

“We, on our part, actively contribute to international policy dialogue with the Ministry of Health of Ukraine and our main aim is to raise the level of Ukrainian medicine to international standards. Healthy people are above all”, said Martin Raab, Project Leader of the Ukrainian-Swiss Project “Medical Education Development”.

Petro Ilkiv, Project Coordinator of the Swiss Cooperation Office in Ukraine, mentioned: “Many years ago I really wanted to create the Summer School of Medical Education. And we did it! Dreams come true, and this year we’ll have four seasons. Why does the SCO invest in education? We understand that without quality medical education one cannot speak about quality medicine and healthy patients. That is why we are committed to support medical education development in Ukraine in the next 10 years”.

Serhiy Kvit, the Head of the National Agency for Higher Education Quality Assurance, noted: “We continue developing the culture of higher education quality assurance as well as educational services and scientific research. We are now striving to comply with international standards of higher education quality assurance and continue developing the legislative framework and transferring to digitalization. That is why medical education development in Ukraine is crucial”.

“As for universities’ autonomy, it gives freedom and possibility to act without approval of numerous public institutions. In its turn, this can significantly accelerate development and bring medicine to a totally new level,” commented Inna Sovsun, Member of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Senior Lecturer at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and Kyiv School of Economics.

The Project “Medical Education Development” is implemented by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) with the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The Project partners include the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, Institute of Nursing Science (Basel, Switzerland), Maastricht University (Netherlands) and School of Public Health of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, World Federation for Medical Education, Strengthening Academic Integrity in Ukraine Project (SAIUP).