Deputy Minister of Health Oleksandr Linchevsky and Advisor to the Minister Inna Sovsun on the pages of the Ukrainian Week journal tell about changes in Ukrainian medical education and the World Conference 2019 World Federation for Medical Education World Conference (WFME 2019), during which they presented changes to the world medical community.
"Our statement at this conference described the steps Ukraine has made in the field of development of medical education: simple steps aimed to launch a deep transformation of an extremely conservative system. The discussion in Seoul allowed us to see how similar are the problems of Ukrainian medical education, and how they differ from those in other countries", the authors comment.
This year, Ukraine was first introduced at this conference, which serves as the world center for the development of medical education standards at the international level. The event took place in Seoul (Korea) from April 7 to April 10, 2019, and was dedicated to ensuring the quality of medical education in the twenty-first century. The conference is organized by the World Federation of Medical Education, an organization that engages in coordinating the development of medical education around the world.
It should be noted that over the past three years, important steps have been taken to ensure a qualitative change in the medical education sector, in particular:
Strategy for the development of medical education has been adopted;
A threshold for the admission for medical specialties introduced;
Starting 2019 medical students will pass the Unified state qualifying exam;
International monitoring study of the quality of higher medical education has been held;
Continuous professional development for physicians introduced.
At the beginning of the year, the conference organizers visited Ukraine and expressed their support with regard to changes in medical education, in particular, the President of the World Federation for Medical Education David Gordon highly evaluated the strategy for the development of medical education.