Dubai: Prof. Hossam Hamdy, the Chancellor of Gulf Medical University (GMU), Ajman – the leading medical university in the Middle East region – delivered the keynote lecture at the 35th Korean Medical Education Congress held at Busan City, South Korea on May 30. Organized by the Korean Society of Medical Education, Korea Association of Medical Colleges, the Congress was themed ‘Creativeness and Values in Medical Education’ and explored the changing trends and opportunities in medical education and research.
Prof. Hossam Hamdy presented the plenary lecture of the Congress. Delivering the hour-long keynote speech on ‘Transformation of Medical Education for the Future: from Informative to Transformative’, he addressed a gathering of over 500 participants, including attendees from 47 leading medical colleges in Korea.
Reflecting on the future of medical education worldwide, Prof. Hossam Hamdy said that the field of medicine is a social science, dealing with people, societies and human interaction. Stressing upon the humanistic aspect of medicine, he said, “We should not forget that medicine is a social science and it is about human beings. The next generation health professions should be competent in treating the next generation patients in a value-based Healthcare System,” he said.
He explained how medical education and training was poised for major changes in the future, as modern medical education is embedded in advanced technology. Prof. Hossam Hamdy said that future technology will be disruptive and transform existing medical educational models. “Artificial intelligence and machine learning will influence how students learn. Physical learning spaces will reflect and express the underlying assumptions about what authentic learning and teaching are and embedding the learners in the work environment,” he said.
Prof. Hossam Hamdy further opined that Academic Healthcare Systems and innovation will be the norms for future medical education. “The training of students will be in all healthcare related facilities in the community,” he emphasized, adding, “Entrustable professional activities will be measured more frequently at different points of the students learning trajectory checking their ‘Readiness for Practice’ in a multidisciplinary team-based practice.”
Prof. Hossam Hamdy also stated that research and innovation will be integral to the students’ learning experience. “Students should be exposed to how researchers think and behave and be embedded in a research environment. Public-private partnership in education and research will spread and become more regulated and encouraged,” he explained.
Speaking about Gulf Medical University’s growing network of partner universities worldwide, Prof. Hossam Hamdy revealed that GMU is in the process of exploring opportunities for collaboration with several top universities in Korea. “The healthcare system in South Korea boasts a very advanced healthcare system that is technologically intense. GMU will collaborate with the leading names in medical education and healthcare in South Korea, for exchanges and joint programs in academia, healthcare and research,” he elaborated.
In appreciation of his keynote lecture at the Congress, Prof. Hossam Hamdy was honoured with a memento, presented to him by the Dean of Seoul Medical College.
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