Sofia 2018

2nd International Congress of Health Education and Research 2018

We are very pleased to announce that the 2nd edition of the International Congress of Health Workforce Education & Research will take place at the Medical University in Sofia, Bulgaria on Thursday 8th and Friday 9th November 2018. Hosted in collaboration with the Medical University of Sofia's Faculty of Public Health, the event aims to promote interdisciplinary co-operation and critical understanding of the latest research in the field of health workforce education, training and development. The Congress brings together researchers, educators, trainers and policy makers from around the world who are engaged and active in health workforce education.

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Congress Theme: Policy and Practice 

This year’s Congress Theme looks at “Policy and Practice”. It is too often the case that discussions relating to the education of health professionals (and the wider health workforce in general) policy does not include the perspectives of educators. The key objective of this Congress is to identify tools, techniques and approaches that integrate policy with educators’ perspectives on improving the skills of health professionals.  Current factors affecting our rapidly changing global healthcare systems are both diverse and numerous. Challenges include a lack of funding, ageing populations, chronic disease, multi-morbidity and anti-microbial resistance. In order to ease these pressures on health care systems, policy makers are increasingly looking to new solutions such as technological innovation, ehealth and mhealth, new professional roles, skill mix analysis and competency-based policy making. These solutions involve new ways of working and therefore require new skills and further training for the health workforce.  

The benefits of creating, educating and maintaining a future-oriented and effective health workforce is recognised globally. However, further research, social dialogue and educational innovations are needed to ensure health workforces of the future are both sustainable and adaptive to new challenges. It is thus essential to develop policies that allow for the education of flexible health professionals capable of dealing with the ever-changing healthcare environment. INHWE and its global membership base contribute towards shaping this policy agenda by placing a multi-stakeholder and inter-professional approach at the heart of their work.  By doing so, we contribute to supporting educators to employ the most effective teaching methods, researchers to identify the right skill combinations for future professionals, and policy makers to make effective changes to national and international planning and legislation.

The Congress welcomes presentations adopting local, national and/or international perspectives on the above issues. The conference aims to bring together a range of stakeholders – abstracts can therefore reflect perspectives on teaching/training, research, and/or policy: 

  • Teaching/Training: possible topics include pedagogy, assessment methods, curricula, innovation, technology
  • Research: possible topics include results from large-scale surveys, research projects, studies using innovative methods
  • Policy: possible topics include new policy initiatives, future policy directions being pursued by governments and private/non-governmental organisations.