Thoughts on Future of Medical Education

Thoughts on Future of Medical Education

In the conditions of martial law in Ukraine, attention of society should be specially focused on education, science, and professional development of lecturers of educational institutions. That is why the teaching staff of Zaporizhzhia State Medical University is constantly working and looking for opportunities to integrate international experience into domestic practice.

Recently, ZSMU representatives took part in a panel discussion "Approaches to Integration — Identity Transformation and Pedagogy", organized by Karaganda Medical University (Kazakhstan). The discussion focused on the current state of international medical education, development opportunities and potential prospects. Among the speakers were Dr. Dujeepa D. Samarasekera (Singapore), Prof. Neil Osheroff (USA), Khuseyn Egamnazarov (Tajikistan).

Dr. Dujeepa D. Samarasekera, APBSEA Expert, Senior Director of Center for Medical Education (CenMED) at School of Medicine of National University Health System (Singapore), dedicated his report to the development of integrated programs, modules, new approaches to learning, evaluation and effectiveness of educational programs. He focused on the transformation of theoretical knowledge into practical activities and shared his experience in solving this issue in Singapore.

Professor Neil Osheroff focused on the difficulties in developing integrated blocks of disciplines, which include both basic biological and clinical sciences.

The presentation of Mr. Khuseyn Egamnazarov, who shared the experience of passing international accreditation at Avicenna Tajik State Medical University, aroused great interest.

During the discussion, they also discussed the issues of rational reform of curricula of educational programs of medical specialties, distribution of disciplines by courses of study, international cooperation and exchange of experience, the need to develop soft skills. In addition, the issue of the need to improve constantly the skills of lecturers, ensuring the quality of the educational process, should not be ignored.

10 May 2022

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