Transforming health professional education through ICT

A total of 278 health professionals including physicians, nurses, midwives, medical technologists, public health and other allied professionals at a two-day National Conference on Health Professionals’ Education (HPE) 2018 underscored the need for formulating a dedicated policy for transforming health professional education through information and communication technology (ICT).

In the conference, a total of 49 topics were shared in different sessions covering theories and practices of the use of ICT in HPE in Bangladesh. Two international speakers from India and Indonesia contributed to the conference.

World Health Organization (WHO), Center for Medical Education (CME) and Association for Medical Education (AME) Bangladesh jointly organized the conference from 11 to 12 February 2018 in Dhaka.

The purpose of the conference was to bring together national and international experts, practitioners, academicians and researchers in the field of HPE to discuss, and disseminate current progresses, opportunities and challenges for transforming HPE through ICT and way forward in Bangladesh.

The conference identified that the use of ICT in education would help establishing a modern and online-based education management information system at institutional level, which could be supported by development of eLearning platforms easily accessible to all concerns.

The conference also identified a set of policy recommendations, which includes formulation of a specific digital health professional education policy at national level aligning with the government’s ongoing effort towards “Digital Bangladesh” by 2021. This could be supported by development of a roadmap through a rapid situational assessment involving major professional categories.

The two-day conference was inaugurated by Director-General of the Directorate of Health Services Professor Dr Abul Kalam Azad, while the eminent economist and Former Advisor of the Caretaker Government Mr Hossain Zillur Rahman was the chief guest in the concluding ceremony.