International Medical Education Programmes
These programmes have evolved along two separate routes, one in Palestine and the other in the Ukraine.
Since it was established in the year 2000, IMET 2000 has been working to address the immense need for upgrading healthcare in Palestine. It facilitates continuous lifelong learning and professional development for doctors, nurses, dentists, paramedics, community health workers and allied health professionals by providing a core matrix of e-learning and self-directed learning which is both accessible and cost effective. Our current work is particularly focused on mental and physical trauma in children resulting from conflict, severe economic deprivation, torture and abuse.
Our six main projects are:
Training of workers dealing with physical trauma including military casualties, accident and emergency and burns.
A child psychiatry project to deal with the breakdown of family networks and social fabric as a result of occupation
A Centre for Health Sciences Education in Ramallah offering e-learning, telemedicine and specialist training, and help with such Palestinian initiatives as Community Health worker training
Upgrading the standard of anaesthesia, intensive care and management of acute and chronic pain
Establishing with the MoH a new ATLS centre and programme
Dealing urgently with the serious problem of hospital infection and hygiene
IMET 2000 opened discussions with Palestinian colleagues in April 2008 to plan a Palestinian Health Sciences Education Centre with a mission to provide a postgraduate training and continuous professional development service for all professionals working in the Palestinian Health Sector. The IMET 2000 Palestinian representative Dr Anis Al-Hajjeh was appointed in Ramallah and was joined soon after by a Director of Health Sciences Education (DHSE), Dr Malik Zaben. An IMET 2000 office was opened officially in September 2008 in Ramallah and badged as IMET 2000-Pal.This has developed over the past 8 years to a total of 4 staff, such that medical, nursing and dentistry staff have been recruited to join the DHSE to a total of 8 staff working near full time or part time. Expansion to recruit others in pharmacy and allied professionals is planned. Much of our activity depends on a blended learning approach combining e-learning, websites, telemedicine, videoconferencing, SKYPE, MOODLE, workshops, conferences and intensive face to face learning opportunities in the home country or overseas (UK, USA, Europe).
This office is now functioning as an embryonic Centre and is running extensive educational and specialist training courses and workshops, many linked to well known international centres of excellence. Strong links have been established inside Palestine with the PA Ministry of Health, many Palestinian Authority (PA) senior staff, the Palestine Medical Council, universities, colleges, Dental and Nursing Associations and NGO’s. Similarly, close affiliations have been set up overseas in the UK, USA, South Africa, Sweden, Norway, Lebanon and the Gulf States. It is also running big 3-5 year projects in Gaza and the West Bank in the management of severe burns, in anaesthesia and in improving mental health in children and adolescents.
The strategy for a Centre up to the best international standards has been planned in three phases. Phase One started September 2008 and completed satisfactorily in 12 months. Phase Two completed in July 2011 ahead of schedule. Phase Three is a 5-year plan started September 2011.
For further information on our activities in Palestine, please visit: www.imet2000-pal.org
IMET2000-Ukraine UNESCO Chair in Cryobiology
IMET 2000 has been running a programme for young physicians and surgeons, nurses and biomedical research workers since the year 2000. Much has been achieved through its partnership with the Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences and the UNESCO Chair of Cryobiology based in Kharkov. IMET 2000 also has extensive collaborations with the Kharkov State Medical School. This programme has been run by the late Academician Valentin Grischenko in the Ukraine and Professors Barry Fuller and Colin Green in IMET 2000.
In summary, IMET 2000 has backed education and training to a limited extent and concentrated mostly on research in IVF, genetics, tissue banking, tissue regeneration, transplantation, pathology and maternal health. This has been achieved through:
Working and training visits to the UK, Sweden, France, Belgium, Italy and Czech Republic funded by IMET 2000
Joint grant applications to international donors for specific projects
Travel bursaries for young scientists and health professionals
Prizes for presentations at international conferences
Graduate fellowships leading to higher degrees (MSc and PhD) in UK and Sweden
Working visits of international experts to Ukraine.
For further information on our activities, please visit: www.cryo.org.ua/ipk_eng/unesco.html