Work Package 02: Toolkit to promote openness and mobility in medical education and training in Europe
The training of future medical doctors must meet the needs in the society. Rapid changes in the demographics of Europe induce new challenges for the Health Care systems. Openness and mobility of ideas and people in medical education and training in Europe are crucial to embrace new trends, promote quality improvement and accelerate harmonisation. ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) is one of the instruments created by the EU to facilitate this. While the principles of ECTS for years have been widely promoted, proper ECTS implementation has not been fully achieved. The London Conference of Ministers (2007) stated that "efforts should concentrate on proper implementation of ECTS based on learning outcomes and student workload". This work package will develop a toolkit to assist and coach medical faculties into proper implementation of ECTS in the life long learning in medicine. The toolkit will link up and connect learning communities of students, teachers and administrative staff in networks within medical education in Europe. This will be accomplished through personal contact, web technology and promotion material to offer information and best practice principles. The goal is to have ECTS implemented in at least 70% of Medical Faculties in EU by 2012 and to increase student mobility by at least 10% within this period.
Action lines will produce the following deliverables.
1) Identical ECTS/Mobility posters. (deliv. 3) 2) An interactive web site for students, administrators and academics. (deliv. 4) 3) Pilot personal training group visits to selected universities to meet faculty leaders, academics and administrators. (deliv. 5) 4) Annual meetings and 5) International ECTS schools organised in conjunction with the annual meeting. (deliv. 6) 6) An interactive database in order to survey the evolution of European medical mobility. (deliv. 7)