Med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion re­form guide­line is­sued

China Daily (USA) - - POLICY REVIEW -

The State Coun­cil’s Gen­eral Of­fice is­sued a guide­line on deep­en­ing re­forms on med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion, to en­sure a more com­pre­hen­sive med­i­cal pol­icy en­vi­ron­ment by 2020 with bet­ter med­i­cal ex­per­tise. Ef­forts will be en­hanced through four as­pects. First, the govern­ment will ac­cel­er­ate steps in es­tab­lish­ing a stan­dard­ized train­ing sys­tem for med­i­cal ex­per­tise. Sec­ond, a more en­abling struc­ture be­tween sup­ply and de­mand for med­i­cal ex­per­tise will be in the pipe­line. Third, sys­tem­atic in­no­va­tion is needed be­tween teach­ing and med­i­cal train­ing and fourth, the govern­ment will of­fer more in­cen­tives to med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als. Ac­cord­ing to the guide­line, med­i­cal schools and in­sti­tu­tions are re­quired to im­prove en­roll­ment and work to at­tract bet­ter-qual­i­fied stu­dents. Re­form on med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion needs to be fur­ther im­ple­mented, es­pe­cially in clin­i­cal and tra­di­tional medicine. The new guide­line calls for en­hanced train­ing for gen­eral prac­ti­tion­ers and pe­di­a­tri­cians in par­tic­u­lar, to­gether with train­ing in ar­eas in­clud­ing pub­lic health, phar­macy, nurs­ing and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion. It also stressed build­ing ed­u­ca­tional bases for clin­i­cal train­ing as well as train­ing and ed­u­ca­tion for med­i­cal ex­per­tise af­ter school. At the same time, med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion in cen­tral and west­ern re­gions will be im­proved, the guide­line said.

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