Transformative Education
for Health Professionals

Policy Briefs

Policy Brief on Faculty Development

The issues and challenges related to the development of faculty for the teaching role are described in seven broad areas: the multi-dimensional roles of health professionals; attitudes towards teaching;
conflicting opportunities; the shortage of teachers; the increased demand for physicians, nurses and midwives; developing health professionals for a teaching role; and rewards for teaching. These seven
issues and challenges have been discussed using Steinert et al.’s (1) conceptual framework. The major problem is that there is an absolute shortage of medical educators, and this is a limiting factor in terms of the scaling up of health-professional education.

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Policy brief on Regulation of Health Professions EducationPolicy Brief on Accreditation of Institutions for Health Professional Education

Accreditation of institutions and programmes preparing health professionals for practice is widely accepted as essential. It has grown in importance over the past decades as private educational institutions have proliferated, and as health professionals increasingly study and work in international settings. Some radical new approaches in health professional education, and an increasing demand for accountability and quality assurance in higher education, have contributed to a stronger worldwide focus on accreditation.

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Policy Brief on Regulation of Health Professions EducationPolicy Brief on Regulation of Health Professions Education

In the context of health care, regulators are charged with ensuring that the public have access to competent health care providers. The regulation of health professions education must therefore ensure that physicians, nurses, midwives and other allied health providers receive a quality education that prepares them to provide safe, competent and ethical care, are certified or licensed upon entry to professional practice and maintain competency throughout their active clinical careers.

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Policy Brief on Financing Education of Health ProfessionalsPolicy Brief on Financing Education of Health Professionals

The aim of this policy brief is to provide empirical evidence of how health professional education is funded, and how the level, composition and mechanisms of financing affect the quantity, quality and relevance of health workers, and to use these experiences to identify policy recommendations that could guide the development of policies in other countries with similar socioeconomic backgrounds and needs.

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Policy Brief on Monitoring and Evaluating the Education of Health ProfessionalsPolicy Brief on Monitoring and Evaluating the Education of Health Professionals

One of the main causes of shortages and maldistribution of health workers in a country is the lack of entry into the labour market of adequate numbers of persons with appropriate education and training. Yet in most countries few data on health worker entry are available for use by the education system or the Ministry of Health, impeding the ability of the health system to respond to labour market forces and to develop effective health workforce strategies (1). The aim of this policy brief is to provide guidance on ways in which entry into the health workforce can be monitored and assessed, and how the appropriate data can lead to the formulation and evaluation of policies and programmes to correct shortages and maldistribution of health workers.

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