The MEDINE2 Thematic Network in Medical Education in Europe is building on the work of the MEDINE Network, 2004-2007. The Network is required because the education and training of medical doctors to a high standard is critical to the physical health, well-being, productivity and social cohesion of European society. Various issues are being addressed. Despite facilitative legislation, mobility of medical students and practitioners within Europe is limited, despite increasing mobility of citizens. Standards and content of medical education programmes are inconsistent, and the transparency and comparability of qualifications are limited. This adversely affects equity of access to quality health-care. Application of the Bologna principles to medical education is patchy and variable, leading to further divergence of practice.
There is an urgent need to modernise and harmonise medical education and training across Europe in response to rapidly changing societal needs. This relies on educating learning providers about contemporary developments, and enhanced cooperation between institutions. Medical research is essential for European competitiveness, sustainable economic growth, creativity and innovation, and cooperation between institutions and enterprise/industry. Educational aspects of medical research must be addressed in terms of quality, effectiveness, accessibility, openness and coherence. Advances in ICT have implications for health-care delivery and education/training. The Network is incorporating this and promotes innovative use of ICT.
In addition to the overarching collaborative nature of the Network, specific work is being undertaken.
In relation to mobility, new products and services are being developed to address the problem of poor competence in medical language as a barrier to free movement of students and doctors. A toolkit is being developed to facilitate use of the ECTS credit transfer system in medicine. This is being promoted by a range of activities, including pilot site visits.
As regards comparability of qualifications, the successful work of the Tuning task force of MEDINE is being extended. Tuning methodology is being used to generate learning outcomes/competences for 1st cycle medical degrees. Application of the Tuning outcomes to medical degrees in Europe is being promoted through a "toolkit" approach, measures to promote self-evaluation by medical schools, and pilot site visits.
The Network will investigate and promote modern curriculum trends in medicine, through workshops across Europe, with proceedings disseminated on-line. We will investigate and promote the Bologna Process as a vehicle for educational enhancement in medical education. Obstacles will be evaluated, solutions and examples of best practice will be identified and disseminated.
The Network is investigating and promoting modern curriculum trends in medicine, through workshops across Europe, with proceedings disseminated on-line. We are investigating and promoting the Bologna Process as a vehicle for educational enhancement in medical education. Obstacles are being evaluated, solutions and examples of best practice are being identified and disseminated. The Network is seeking to create a new community of practice for those carrying out research on medical education, via the website and a themed conference. Relationships between education of medical doctors and medical/biomedical research are being investigated. Tuning methods are being used to generate learning outcomes/competences for 3rd cycle medical degrees.
The outputs of the Network are being disseminated via the MEDINE2 website. As well as a rich store of useful information, resources, and communication tools, it links to other key sites such as the AMEE website (www.amee.org), the AMEE journal Medical Teacher, MedEdCentral (www.mededcentral.org) and MedEdWorld (www.mededworld.org).
We anticipate that the work of the Network will have a significant impact on the consistency, transparency, quality, and overall standing of medical education in Europe. This will enhance the confidence of employers, patients and society in the doctors who serve them; enhance the safety, health and productivity of patients across Europe; lead to a more satisfied medical workforce; and promote equality of access to good medical care.