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Transforming medical education for the 21st century in low and middle income countries: Rwanda and V

Symposium 6 - Transforming medical education for the 21st century in low and middle income c ountries: Rwanda and Vietnam experience

Date: Sunday 29th August
Time: 1600 - 1730 (UK time)
Stream: Room 2


  • David Duong, Harvard Medical School, USA
  • Tuan Tran, University of Medicine and Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Abebe Bekele, University of Global Health Equity, Rwanda
  • Joseph Rhatigan, Brigham and Women's Hospital, USA
  • Todd Pollack, Partnership for Health Advancement in Vietnam, Vietnam
  • Lisa Cosimi, Brigham and Women's Hospital, USA

Summary: 10 years after the publication of the landmark Lancet Commission’s report on Health Professional Education in the 21st Century, the third wave of systems based reforms, driven by competencies, is still limited in many LMICs.  Indeed, no one country has all medical schools implementing the third generation of medical education.  Our symposia will explore how Vietnam and Rwanda, both resource-limited countries, have implemented the third wave of curriculum reform, emphasizing patient and population centredness, competency-based curriculum, inter-professional and team-based education, IT-empowered learning, and policy and management leadership skills.  We will highlight the common challenges and opportunities experienced by these two countries, offering lessons for medical education reformers in similar contexts. Additionally, our symposia will underscore the importance of partnerships and multi-stakeholder engagement to enable and sustain medical education reform.

Who should participate: Faculty and university leadership invested in medical education reform in low-and-middle income countries

What will they gain from participating: Participants will be introduced to the process of medical education reform in two LMIC countries, including the initiation, implementation and sustaining of the reform process.  Additionally, novel partnerships which enable medical education reform will be discussed.

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