Transformative Education
for Health Professionals

Streamlined educational pathways and ladder programmes

Building the “Educational Home”: Staying Connected to Alumni with MEPI Graduate Tracking in Ghana

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Discovering the missing pieces – Worldwide Survey on Transition from Secondary to Medical Education

Department of Health Workforce in World Health Organization launched the titled online survey for medical students and doctors around the world. The survey will later be extended to other disciplines including nursing, pharmacy and dentistry. By collecting opinions from different countries, the... Read more

Implementation Considerations

Changes in the workforce generally occur much more rapidly than educational institutions can adjust to them, however, educational institutions can foster and drive change, such as the case in the development of the clinical associates programme in South Africa (Doherty et al., 2013). Regulations can fix rigid professional boundaries and create conditions that hinder a rapid response to new needs. This is often the case in low-income countries where the need for scaling up is greater.

Summary of evidence

Globally, health systems need health professionals who adapt to the health demands of clients and can address the multi-faceted needs of patients. Health system strengthening goals include improving professional development access and the retention of health care providers who can function in multiple settings and have a broad array of competencies.

Streamlined educational pathways and ladder programmes

Recommendation 8

Health professionals’ education and training institutions should consider using streamlined educational pathways, or ladder programmes, for the advancement of practising health professionals.

Quality of the evidence: Low

Strength of the recommendation: Conditional

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