An increased number of efforts are being monitored towards fostering Open Medical Education during the last decade. Open Education across Europe and US especially in the field of Medical Education is being developed in parallel with a lot of different tools, approaches, curriculum and policies to take place in different regions. An EC co-funded CSA project aims to act as the backbone for open education for healthcare workforce in the EU and US and merge the chiasm between the two sides of the Atlantic in order common efforts to further boost the open education in terms of practice and policy.
CAMEI project, will achieve its aims towards Open Education through the coordination of research activities and policies towards the development of renewed educational material and programs, by boosting new trends for acquiring new knowledge in respect of the implementation of eHealth systems in practice; by fostering transnational access to research infrastructures from both EU and USA partners and by establishing a network of best practices in Medical Education Informatics
In this paper two major results of CAMEI are going to presented, which can act as the basis for collaboration and merging efforts on Open Education between EU and US. Firstly, CAMEI’s White Paper which presents a recommendation plan that identifies different ICT related market segments with high potential (Technology standards in healthcare education, strategic R&D, and IT skill programmes), while a list of key recommendations is provided on how USA and EU could empower sharing, reuse, repurposing and creation of educational material applied in different context and promote renewal of programmes. Secondly, a Cooperation Action Plan (CAP) is thought as a dynamic document – a best practice example of how EU and USA organizations and communities could collaborate together on medium- to long-term goals on fostering IT skills for healthcare workforce. Two collaboration cases are presented. The CAMEI collaboration with American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) and its portal (MedEdPortal) and the mEducator (EC co-funded project) with the Medbiquitous Consortium (standardization body) collaboration for aligning the efforts for the semantic extension of its current standards.
The CAMEI coordination action is inspired by the need to address the EU objective for new educational material and programmes for IT-skilled workforce in healthcare and establish a cooperation framework between EU and USA contributing to open education in terms of practice and policy, taking into consideration different languages, cultures and curriculum.
- www.camei-project.eu ; www.meducator.net ; www.mededportal.org; www.medbiq.org
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