Stephanie Hering

Stephanie Hering works for the Swiss Centre of Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education (OAQ). She coordinates projects and conducts procedures in all fields of work of the agency. She participates in the ENQA working group on stakeholder involvement and represents OAQ as project partner in the ENQA LLL project “Transparency of European higher education through public quality assurance reports – EQArep”. Previously she worked in different universities as research collaborator and lecturer. She has a background in sociology.

TOPIC TITLE :  ‘Educating tomorrow’s doctors’ – accreditation and quality assurance of medical education

ABSTRACT : The World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) has published international standards for the quality improvement of medical education since 1997. International norms need to be adjusted to respective regional, national and institutional contexts or specific health care needs.

This contribution will present a case-study from Switzerland as a model of how to negotiate global demands and local requirements in order to educate the next generation of doctors. For the mandatory accreditation of basic and postgraduate medical education programmes quality standards and processes had to be designed. The ministries of education and public health were involved as well as many other stakeholders. The result is a set of robust standards for medical education that successfully integrate multiple dimensions.