THE WHY BEHIND OUR THEME EVENT

Our Theme event topics – Health Workforce and Social Accountability in healthcare – not only align with the current IFMSA Global Priorities, but are also of the utmost importance to the region. The present situation is not satisfactory on many levels: professionals are leaving the country at an alarming rate, the number of specialty spots is not rationally selected… Does that sound familiar? This is an area that many of us, the European youth of today and tomorrow, are struggling with. Ergo, it is essential that we strive to be a strong push towards the change and a good example for the stakeholders and decision makers. This can only be achieved if we take action together. Extremely motivated, we assure you of our capability to create and maintain the best working and ideas exchanging environment for EuRegMe 2020.

OUR UNIQUE APPROACH

In many years of Regional Meetings, it became clear that sometimes IFMSA members would not have the same level of knowledge on Theme event topics. The OC seeks maximum impact regarding the Theme Event and so we are motivated towards working around the issue – starting with EuRegMe 2020. A Theme Event Handbook will be available for all members attending the Regional Meeting with the most essential information regarding the Theme event topics, the current situation within Europe and relevant stakeholders – everything an IFMSA member needs to meaningfully engage in the Theme Event.

A SHORT NOTE ON THE THEME EVENT TOPICS

According to WHO, health workers are all people whose actions are primarily focused on enhancing health – some examples include physicians, nurses, public health care professionals, pharmacists and other workers who are involved in delivering health services. The health workforce needs to have the right numbers, the right set of skills and be in the places they are needed in order to achieve Universal Healthcare Coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals. However, it is projected that we are on a road to a global shortage of healthcare workers and an increased imbalance between countries. 

Social accountability is closely related to the Health Workforce and is defined as the obligation of medical schools to direct their education, research and service activities towards addressing the priority health concerns of the community, region, and/or nation they have a mandate to serve (WHO, 1995). For medical schools to improve their social accountability, changes need to be made in response to present and future health needs and challenges in society, with a necessity to reorient the education, strengthen partnerships and assess their impact.

WHILE WE WAIT FOR THE HANDBOOK...

Learn more about Social accountability in Medical Schools using these useful resources prepared by IFMSA in cooperation with THEnet*:
Get to know the official IFMSA position on Social accountability in Medical schools here.

Want to learn more about Health Workforce crisis? Check out this video made by Global Health Workforce Alliance:

The official IFMSA position on Global Health Workforce is available here.

*Training for Health Equity Network