The Anatomy of The Global out Break: The Future of Human And Society

The Transformation of Health Education After the Pandemic

Higher education was interrupted in many countries due to the COVID-19 outbreak. In countries with infrastructure, distance and remote learning was initiated. While theoretical trainings and lectures are carried out relatively successfully, problems related to applied trainings continue to be discussed. Practical training, clinical internships and field practices in almost all health programs, especially in medical education, have been suspended in many countries. Not only associate and undergraduate education, but also studies of doctoral students who continue postgraduate education, specialty education and clinical research have been affected by the pandemic. Fast track graduation can be discussed, especially in countries where healthcare personnel are required to pass applied proficiency exams or attend supervised study that are mandatory after graduation. As a matter of fact, the obligations such as post-graduate internship, supervised study/work phases or a master’s degree in certain health programs provide additional education and experience to graduates. In countries where health programs graduate, as in our country, can take part in the provision of health services without any secondary filter or educational processes, the subject should be handled differently. Our medical graduates start their compulsory service directly, and our nurses, midwives and dentists can also participate directly in the provision of health services. The primary issue here is not to ignore the competencies and achievements of the relevant program, to correctly evaluate the authorities given by the diploma and to decide accordingly. Therefore, while evaluating the measures and decisions taken in health education during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, issues such as the type of education and post-diploma processes of the relevant country, whether there are secondary processes for competencies and achievements, and the presence of state/board exams should also be taken into consideration. Alternatives need to be developed on how to make compensatory training in the process of gaining health training and competencies for the post pandemic period as well as during the pandemic period... Training of the use of artificial intelligence in diagnosis, digital education, virtual reality applications in surgical practices, patient interviews in digital environment... The pandemic and digital transformation that are currently underway will re- veal many innovations and expansions and may enable us to adapt them in our routine life soon, while it could take almost 10 years to achieve the same level in a normal evolution

Prof. Zeliha Koçak Tufan
DOI: 10.53478/TUBA.2020.030