Medical studies reform to meet societal needs

Algeria is reforming the first-year programme of medical studies to achieve a “quality education”, with greater coordination between the health and research ministries, Tahar Hadjar, the minister for higher education and scientific research, has announced.

Hadjar said the new programme would be introduced in September at the start of the new academic year, and that the ministry’s measures “will have a positive impact with the completion of their studies by the first cohort, which will comprise doctors trained according to the needs of society and development of methods of care”, reported the Algérie Presse Service (APS).

The reform of medical studies, which has already been completed for the second year, also aims to “rectify educational and regulatory deficiencies, while introducing changes caused by external factors which have an impact on training and its content and modernisation”, said Hadjar.

He stressed the importance of placing greater emphasis on coordination between the ministries of health and of scientific research, with “priority for achieving progressive revision of the educational content, taking account of new needs regarding health and the transmission of infections to achieve these objectives”.

Hadjar said experts from other countries had contributed to the reform, which would introduce new domains such as specialised general practice and family medicine, reported APS. – Compiled by Jane Marshall.

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