Two Key Shifts Indicating Growing Opportunities in Medical Education

Medical education is education pertaining to the medical practice of medicine, which includes the first formal training to become an actual doctor and later on additional training in specialized areas of medicine. The basic curriculum provided by medical schools and colleges includes basic science, anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology. It also covers the theoretical part of medical education, i.e., the knowledge of medical terminology, the historical development of medical science and methods, etc. The next step after this is training in a specialized area of medicine, which mainly comprises physiology, anatomy, pathology, pharmacology, internal and external pharmacology, nursing, and other allied health professions after this one is given a certification test to enable him/her practice in his/her specialty.

Different Medical Researches of this era:

There is a lot of medical education research that has been going on for many decades. These research studies aimed at improving the quality of patient care, developing new ways for patient care, diagnosis, and treatments, preventive measures, etc. Some of the important medical education research include:

Knowledge and skills of medical education are required in many sectors. Research has shown that people have a negative perception of healthcare systems in developed countries such as the US and the UK. This is mainly due to a lack of comprehensive medical knowledge, availability of high-priced healthcare services, and rapid growth of medical science and technology. However, in developing countries, medical education plays a very important role in enhancing the quality of life, reducing health-threatening conditions, preventing diseases, and treating them rapidly when they are diagnosed. Moreover, researchers have also found that there is a significant change in the medical knowledge and skills of employees in organizations that go through medical education programs.

Educational Strategies attribution:

The learning environment plays a key role in shaping up future leaders. In fact, recent studies have shown that a learning environment that focuses on learning and development as opposed to the old-style learning environment where the students spend most of their time in the classroom tends to develop better-performing students. It also enhances engagement and promotes healthy behaviors among students. Thus the success in education and healthcare settings can be directly attributed to training and education strategies like Medical School Strategic Planning.

Strategic planning of medical education:

Strategic planning of the medical education curriculum includes end terms, transition, implementation, evaluation, impact, and strategic alliances. It enables learners to make informed decisions on what to do with the curriculum after graduation. It also facilitates decision making and effective implementation of plans and helps to achieve desired learning outcomes. Medical School Strategic Planning provides a framework that helps to determine the scope and type of learning activities, student populations, learning resources, budgeting, financial management, staffing, clinical program development, and other essential factors.

Strategic planning facilitates the identification of key partnerships, collaboration, allocation of resources, recruitment, end dates, and delivery of services. The end dates refer to the date when the curriculum will be completely completed and ready for implementation. These decisions help to align and link the activities of the medical education and research facilities with one another and facilitate an effective response to complex problems. The initiation of new initiatives is dependent upon end dates established in strategic planning. This also enables timely review and integration of new ideas and technologies.

EMR and Computerized Diagnostic Systems:

Accelerating change refers to changes in technology and other factors that create opportunities for transformation. For medical education, this means incorporating more EMR (electronic medical records) and CDSS (computerized diagnostic systems) systems in medical schools. Electronic medical records are very useful for keeping medical histories, as they allow physicians to access medical history data without the need to go physically to a medical institution. CDSS provides information needed by physicians in order to make treatment decisions.

Another important factor facilitating the acceleration of change in health systems science is the increased globalization of the medical education system. This globalization facilitates the efficient training of trained emigres from other countries. These emigres bring with them skills useful in transforming medical education. Thus from the perspective of health systems science, these two key shifts – globalization and the availability of trained emigres – are creating an environment conducive for accelerated change.

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