Kiribati President Taneti Maamau (rear middle) watches the country’s vaccination campaign roll out in early September.
COVID-19 might have hit Pacific nations harder had it not been for Cuba’s long-standing policy of international medical diplomacy and cooperation.
Health education curriculums need to specifically prepare healthcare professionals to respond to a pandemic when it comes to aspects like infection control, aged care and mental health.
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Trans and non-binary people often avoid seeing a doctor because they fear discrimination. Health professionals need better training to provide gender-affirming care.
D.O.s like Sean Conley, physician to the president, can face stigma from people who don’t understand the practice.
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Almost 10% of physicians in the US are doctors of osteopathic medicine, and that proportion is rising. Their medical knowledge matches that of other doctors; the difference is the philosophy behind it.
Training with actors gives nurses the chance to practise caring for a diverse set of patients.
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Using actors can provide nurses with valuable training dealing with a diverse set of patients.
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We need to make sure those brought in to help cope with the pandemic have adequate training to avoid any risks in patient care.
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We need to recapture the humanity of the NHS and make doctors feel more than grinding cogs in a brutal machine.
Cadaver-based teaching prepares students intellectually and emotionally to deal with the challenges they will face in their health sciences careers.
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Dissection is important for developing a range of skills, as well as moral and ethical training and a humanistic approach to patient care.
Canadian medical students graduate with up to $200,000 in debt, and burnout rates are high.
A ‘learn local’ strategy, along with increased residency positions and the return of a rotating internship could go a long way towards improving Canada’s system of medical training.
Simulating real-life disaster situations helps students develop physical and emotional resilience and leadership skills.
In a public hospital, a team of doctors will be looking after you.
The person in charge of your surgery is a consultant surgeon. A consultant is the most qualified doctor in a hospital.
A few woefully underfunded academic health sciences centres are responsible for providing complex care to patients with life-threatening illnesses as well as training future doctors and testing the latest in new surgical techniques.
Canada’s systems of health funding, medical training and physician compensation need an overhaul – to support vital centres of medical research and complex care.
Student doctors need good role models to learn good patient communication.
Doctor communication is an important part of their education. But they can’t have unlimited empathy for their patients either, or they’d never get the job done.
To become a qualified physician in Canada, medical graduates must complete a two- to six-year medical residency. Competition for spots is becoming increasingly intense.
Thousands of medical graduates across Canada are waiting nervously to find out whether they will secure a coveted residency spot in the area of their choice.
A new model of ‘competency based’ medical education is gaining popularity globally, in which trainees are assessed on skill rather than mere time invested.
A radical new model of “competency based” medical education emphasizes trainee skill over time invested. Queen’s University is the first in Canada to fully embrace this shift.
We shouldn’t have to wait for a disaster to make sure anaesthetics are properly regulated.
After the tragic death of a young woman undergoing a cosmetic procedure, people are rightly asking who should be able to administer anaesthetics.
We tend to consider certain people or roles as privileged and resilient.
If we want doctors to listen, be empathetic, solve complex problems, we need to invest seriously in their well-being.
If you live in a rural area, you would never think Australia had too many doctors.
Australia has more doctors per population than most comparable countries, yet many living in rural and remote areas don’t receive the care they need. Changing the way we train doctors will fix this.
Long term monitoring of mental health in medical trainees is urgently required.
About a quarter of medical students show symptoms of depression, and one in ten report suicidal thoughts.
For some medical students, learning on simulated patients isn’t enough.
Medical students are practising invasive techniques on themselves and fellow students, a new study shows. But aside from obvious safety concerns, is there anything wrong with self-practice?