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Decolonising medical education

Part 1: Friday 27 August 0930-1100
Part 2: Saturday 28 August 0930-1100
(Note: Workshop consists of two sessions – it is not possible to register for each separately)

  • Nick Bass
  • Djibril Handule
  • Becky Stout
  • Ruti Margalit


Summary of the theme and why it is important:  Health delivery and the educational processes underpinning and supporting relevant health systems are hitting the limits of progress and affordability in rich and lower income countries alike despite - or partly because of? - the existing curricula, assessment and revalidation processes and professional hierarchies. At AMEE 2016 there were a number of predictions made about the future dissolution of professional qualifications in health as we currently know them.  Global Health is a whole-system approach encompassing opportunities for change and provides examples of significant transformation in the thinking and approach to current and future health delivery and what constitutes relevant teaching and learning. 

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has revealed fault-lines in health delivery systems which question the educational underpinnings of medicine. However, some of the best practice and outcomes (so far) have been demonstrated beyond the West and often in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs). 

We aim to provide some examples of positive learning exchange between rich and LMIC countries and invite the audience to participate and share examples of LMIC success - especially those which may be transferable.

What participants will gain:
1) An appreciation of how traditional approaches to health education have served existing health systems across the world
2) Consideration of how a shift of 'power' away from hierarchical approaches has changed education and health in developed countries
3) Consideration of how 'community ownership' approaches can shape health and education in LMIC settings but also provide opportunities for 'reverse innovation' benefiting other countries.
4) An opportunity for the audience to challenge the panel and contribute to the debate as to whether traditional health education approaches are appropriate for future health systems and the communities they serve.

Who should participate: Any grade of health professional including clinicians, faculty and students- Patients and carers- Delegates from developed and LMIC countries- Anyone with a view about the nature of health education and how this may best support clinical outcomes at an individual and population level.

Level of workshop:  Intermediate/Advanced
(Note: Workshop consists of two sessions – it is not possible to register for each separately)

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