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Towards a health sector driven by learning


Alaa Jarad


October 25 2021

I was inspired by the idea of ​​the article from a dialogue with my friend and colleague, Dr. Adel Sadiq, who is an international reference in the field of pharmaceutical industries and continuous learning. Since the emergence of the “Covid” epidemic, many countries and institutions have begun to pay attention to the importance of investing in people, and in building their capabilities to deal with the new challenges that are passing through. It includes institutions and all sectors, whether industrial, service or public benefit institutions, and one of the sectors most affected by new trends, in which institutional learning is a mainstay in its construction, is the health sector in all its branches, whether therapeutic or pharmaceutical, or the technical sector related to medical equipment, laboratories and research centers In addition to the most important sub-sector, which is continuous learning, and raising the efficiency of workers in this vital sector, which has a direct impact on human life in all parts of the world.

Continuous learning is one of the branches of institutional learning and lifelong learning, and given the frightening mistakes in the medical and pharmaceutical field, it was necessary to pay attention to raising the efficiency of workers in this sector and developing their skills on an ongoing basis, as there is new every day, pharmaceutical companies have noticed the importance of investing in research and learning Which came with a very rewarding return more than what those companies had hoped for. The leading companies, such as “Pfizer” and “AstraZeneca”, were able to impose their name in various countries of the world, and some local companies were also able to catch up.

On the other hand, health institutions that have accelerated digital transformation and benefit from what modern technologies offer, such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, digital medicine and robotics, will always take the lead, and will provide added value to the patient and society, and these institutions will be able to achieve their strategic goals when they become motivated by learning.

Medical educational institutions also need to open the fund and understand what is happening in this vital sector. There are specialties that will begin to disappear as a result of the disappearance of some diseases, or access to effective treatment for these diseases. I remember how a disease such as schistosomiasis led to the death of thousands and perhaps millions, but that has become history. Now that he has a cure, hepatitis is about to disappear as well.

New diseases and new epidemics have also emerged, and therefore the medical and pharmaceutical education sector must be flexible and agile to keep pace with the rapid developments. Colleges and institutes of medicine, nursing and technical institutes need to review their curricula, and introduce new curricula and courses that take into account the standards of quality and accreditation, as well as digital transformation and its mechanisms, as well as Institutional learning that goes beyond the boundaries of traditional training to learning from mistakes and from the experiences of others, as well as learning from patients and customers and analyzing their complaints and opinions, as well as learning from employees through a system of suggestions that is the engine that drives innovation and creativity.

Easy and practical practices, such as forethought, post reviews, and mentoring, can raise organizational efficiency and effectiveness 180 degrees, and there are many success stories as well as failures, and both sides can learn.

Attention to raising the efficiency of workers in the health sector is not a luxury, but it is a responsibility and a basic requirement of a decent life.

• New diseases and new epidemics have emerged, and therefore the medical education and drug education sector must be flexible and agile to keep pace with the rapid developments.



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