Transformative Health Professionals Education for the 21st century

Session co-hosted by the Global Health Workforce Alliance and Monash University at World Health Summit 2012

23 October 2012, 9.00 – 11.00

The health workforce policy discourse in the last few years underscored the critical importance of health workers in well-performing health systems. Global health goals cannot be achieved without a robust, competent, and professionally capable workforce. Although much attention has been devoted legitimately to workforce shortages, the quality of the workforce is equally important.

Building on the Alliance Task Force on scaling-up medical education, as well as recently published policy and research initiatives such as the Lancet global independent Commission on education of health professionals in the 21st century and the WHO guidelines on transformative scale up of health professional education, the session aims to:

  • Inform the audience about the leading global policy dialogue initiatives in the field of health professional education;
  • Share information and experiences, compare issues and recommendations, with a view to communicate coherent messaging on policy options for health workforce education in the 21st century;
  • Discuss operational implications of global recommendations and guidelines from the perspective of educators and trainees of health educational institutions
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