We will shortly begin a fundamental review of our medical training programmes to ensure that they are providing doctors with the skills and expertise required to meet the needs of patients and society for the next ten years.
The review will take into account challenges posed by an ageing population, the prevalence of chronic diseases such as Diabetes and Obesity, as well as the introduction of the European Working Time Directive.
The review will be conducted by Professor Kevin Imrie, incoming President of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He will provide external, expert oversight and validation to the review group, which will led by Professor Colm Bergin, Dean of Postgraduate Specialist Training at RCPI. It is expected that the review group will report its findings by June 2014.
Commenting on the review, Prof John Crowe, President of RCPI said, “Ireland has an excellent international reputation for training doctors. It is vital that we continue to ensure that training programmes equip Irish doctors to meet our changing demographics and societal demands. Training pathways should also be flexible enough to accommodate doctors with young children and various professional interests and goals, including research and teaching. I am pleased that such an internationally respected physician and educator as Prof Imrie has agreed to carry out this important review”.
The review will consider the duration, structure and content of postgraduate medical training and the use of new and emerging technologies including high fidelity simulation. It will also review the needs of an ageing population and the prevalence of chronic diseases in Ireland. International trends towards generalism in medicine will be reviewed. It will also examine the relationship between the professional contribution of trainers and trainee doctors to the health service and their own professional training requirements with particular reference to the new hospital networks.