Fighting for Access to Healthcare through Quality Medical Education at Scale

I just returned from spending an amazing week in Dublin at the Fourth Global Forum on Human Resources for Health, where health ministers from across the world, NGOs and other interested parties met to discuss shortage of healthcare professionals at global scale.

While universal health coverage is the goal, we are expected to run short of almost 13 Million health care workers by 2035 needed to achieve this objective (source). At the same time, the majority of countries simply cannot respond to this crisis, due to the limited capacity in medical universities, lack of trained medical teachers or other limitations.

To overcome this challenge, the European Medical College offers a model for scalable education: combining a global network of hospitals for students to do their practical rotation in, complemented by a digital campus for factual knowledge acquisition. This allows students worldwide, in developed and developing countries alike, in urban environments or remote rural areas, to gain practical experience within their local communities while learning current, evidence-based medicine from the world's best medical minds. Collaborative, flexible, available and accessible, unbound.

This is the initiative the WHO invited us to present last week, a project I've been working towards for more than 2 years, and I am incredibly excited to see it taking shape.

A year from now, the first cohort of medical students in select locations will be engrossed in their first courses, pioneers in their own right, paving the way towards significant improvements in the quality of healthcare education, and in response of healthcare as a whole, at massive scale.

More to come.