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Policy issues related to educating the future Israeli medical workforce: an international perspective

Overview of attention for article published in Israel Journal of Health Policy Research, October 2015
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Title
Policy issues related to educating the future Israeli medical workforce: an international perspective
Published in
Israel Journal of Health Policy Research, October 2015
DOI 10.1186/s13584-015-0030-y
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Authors

Stephen C. Schoenbaum, Peter Crome, Raymond H. Curry, Elliot S. Gershon, Shimon M. Glick, David R. Katz, Ora Paltiel, Jo Shapiro

Abstract

A 2014 external review of medical schools in Israel identified several issues of importance to the nation's health. This paper focuses on three inter-related policy-relevant topics: planning the physician and healthcare workforce to meet the needs of Israel's population in the 21(st) century; enhancing the coordination and efficiency of medical education across the continuum of education and training; and the financing of medical education. All three involve both education and health care delivery. The physician workforce is aging and will need to be replenished. Several physician specialties have been in short supply, and some are being addressed through incentive programs. Israel's needs for primary care clinicians are increasing due to growth and aging of the population and to the increasing prevalence of chronic conditions at all ages. Attention to the structure and content of both undergraduate and graduate medical education and to aligning incentives will be required to address current and projected workforce shortage areas. Effective workforce planning depends upon data that can inform the development of appropriate policies and on recognition of the time lag between developing such policies and seeing the results of their implementation. The preclinical and clinical phases of Israeli undergraduate medical education (medical school), the mandatory rotating internship (stáge), and graduate medical education (residency) are conducted as separate "silos" and not well coordinated. The content of basic science education should be relevant to clinical medicine and research. It should stimulate inquiry, scholarship, and lifelong learning. Clinical exposures should begin early and be as hands-on as possible. Medical students and residents should acquire specific competencies. With an increasing shift of medical care from hospitals to ambulatory settings, development of ambulatory teachers and learning environments is increasingly important. Objectives such as these will require development of new policies. Undergraduate medical education (UME) in Israel is financed primarily through universities, and they receive funds through VATAT, an education-related entity. The integration of basic science and clinical education, development of earlier, more hands-on clinical experiences, and increased ambulatory and community-based medical education will demand new funding and operating partnerships between the universities and the health care delivery system. Additional financing policies will be needed to ensure the appropriate infrastructure and support for both educators and learners. If Israel develops collaborations between various government agencies such as the Ministries of Education, Health, and Finance, the universities, hospitals, and the sick funds (HMOs), it should be able to address successfully the challenges of the 21st century for the health professions and meet its population's needs.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Brazil 1 2%
Unknown 46 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 9 19%
Student > Doctoral Student 6 13%
Student > Bachelor 5 11%
Student > Master 5 11%
Lecturer 4 9%
Other 16 34%
Unknown 2 4%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 16 34%
Nursing and Health Professions 7 15%
Social Sciences 6 13%
Business, Management and Accounting 3 6%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 3 6%
Other 8 17%
Unknown 4 9%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 2. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 07 October 2015.
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#2,757,363
of 6,265,888 outputs
Outputs from Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
#63
of 156 outputs
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#93,765
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Outputs of similar age from Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
#3
of 7 outputs
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