MER: Medical Education Reforms

"Medical Education Reforms in the Kyrgyz Republic" (MER) was initiated with financial support of the Swiss Development and Cooperation Agency and initially the project's efforts were fully focused on the reform of undergraduate medical education. Since 2013, measures have begun to reform postgraduate and continuing medical education.

At the undergraduate level, significant curriculum transformations are carried out with a focus on GPs, the curricula of the first three years of study have been completely revised and updated, and important changes have been made to teaching methods. Two centers of clinical skills were created and equipped, an electronic system for controlling the quality of the educational process and students' knowledge was introduced, and an electronic library was created. To date, the faculty of the KSMA is working on the reorganization and reform of the curriculum for the next three years of clinical training (4-6 courses) to strengthen clinical skills. To facilitate reform, a large number of workshops were held, and working groups were actively involved in complex transformation processes.

Measures to reform postgraduate and continuing medical education (PDMO and CME) were initiated after an initial needs assessment in 2013. A joint assessment of colleagues from Kyrgyzstan and Switzerland determined the need for decentralization to regions of a certain amount of clinical training and the need to strengthen clinical skills and skills.

The National Strategy for the Development of Postgraduate and Continuing Medical Education for 2014-2020, developed in accordance with international standards, defined a general framework for the implementation of the medical education reform. An assessment of the potential of clinical sites and a review of the educational activities of professional medical associations were conducted. To date, a review of existing clinical protocols and guidelines for setting standards at the primary health care level and identifying the need to develop new protocols with a focus on non-communicable diseases is underway.