Int’l conference hosted by UP and PhilHealth to deal with innovation and transformation of medical education

| Written by Fred Dabu

 

The training of future medical doctors needs to become more innovative and sustained especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the transforming landscape of education, medical schools around the world are now using telehealth platforms and simulation laboratories. All these changes are necessary so that students in the first four years of medical schooling, as well as educators, will continue to adapt and hone their skills in the art and science of healing.

The training of future medical doctors needs to become more innovative and sustained especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the transforming landscape of education, medical schools around the world are now using telehealth platforms and simulation laboratories. All these changes are necessary so that students in the first four years of medical schooling, as well as educators, will continue to adapt and hone their skills in the art and science of healing.

As part of the STOP COVID DEATHS webinar series of the University of the Philippines, in partnership with the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), the “Virtual International Conference on Medical Education in the Pandemic – Part 2: Innovation and Transformation of Medical Education” will be held on Friday, November 20, from 12nn to 2pm.

Among the issues and corresponding solutions to be discussed in the conference are restricted interactions among faculty, fellow students, and patients during the pandemic. Even with such restrictions and suspension of face-to-face classes, medical students must continue to undergo rigorous, experiential, and interactive training. Changes in the curriculum, technology-based methods, and other innovations are being applied and anticipated. While students are becoming more engaged in research, educators are looking at more opportunities for them to serve patients in low-transmission areas so that they will become adequately prepared as humane, ethical, and excellent practitioners and specialists in the future.

Dr. Charlotte Chiong, Dean of the College of Medicine of UP Manila; Dr. Shin Chan Soo, Dean of the College of Medicine of the Seoul National University; and, Dr. Rajeev Kumar, Associate Dean for Academics of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, will serve as presenters.

Terence Lapeñas of the Asian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA) – Philippines and Regional Chairperson to AMSA-International; and, Ferdinand Nykko Bautista, National Medical Interns Chapter Chair of the Association of Philippine Medical Colleges (APMC) Student Network, will serve as reactors.

Dr. Ramon Arcadio, Executive Director of the APMC, will deliver the opening remarks. Dr. Roderico Ofrin, Country Representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) India, will deliver the welcome message at the conference.

This special online event is organized by UP, in partnership with PhilHealth and the UP Manila NIH National Telehealth Center, and in cooperation with the UPCM and the UP-PGH.

Register here: bit.ly/StopCOVIDDeathsWebinar31.

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