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Pan-European Professional Curriculum for Gynaecologists
Date du début: 1 sept. 2015, Date de fin: 31 août 2018 PROJET  TERMINÉ 

In Europe there are more than 5 million births each year and about 2 million women have failed pregnancies. Maternal deaths associated with pregnancy and delivery are as high as 30/100.000 births, of which 50% are linked to substandard care. Furthermore about 25.000 babies are stillborn every year and another 25.000 die before their 1st birthday. There are only a few EU-wide agreed health indicators for the care of women during pregnancy, during labour, and for the care of newborn. Although the standards of care in the EU are above average (compared with worldwide standards), maternal deaths associated with pregnancy and delivery are as high as 30/100.000 births. The standards of care to facilitate a uniform quality of education and training face the problem that ‘state of the art’ educational programmes , to be compliant with European directives and standards, are either outdated or do not exist. Current national approaches are insufficiently transparent and are not harmonized and therefore may lead to suboptimal quality of training in different settings. EU policies clearly make a case for EU cooperation and the creation of an international field to stimulate structural changes in (training for) health care provision. This is very relevant as EU integration allows free movement of specialists across Europe. At the moment it is not possible to assure the quality of post graduate training across different countries or to compare skills acquired by the medical specialists through different training programmes: this raises concerns regarding patient safety. In order to offer a solution for the need to strengthen and to harmonize the quality in higher education and training in the field of obstetrics and gynaecology, EBCOG (the European Board & College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology) has taken up the ProCuGyn project to create a pan-European Obstetrics and Gynaecology curriculum. This curriculum must meet: • The need for conformity with regard to European directives and standards. • The demands for professionals, employers and other stakeholders in the different countries and institutions. • The expectation of stakeholders and society with respect to safety in health care of (pregnant) women and (unborn) children. The ProCuGyn Strategic Partnership will be of great value for the current and next generation of obstetrics and gynaecologist professionals. It offers the possibility for professionals to be trained and educated by a ‘state of the art’curriculum in conformity with European directives and standards. ProCuGyn guarantees that professionals involved will be able to keep up with future developments (learning to learn). The pan-European Obstetrics and Gynaecology curriculum will set an example for other (medical) curricula as well. The curriculum will consist of: 1. Core content and elective modules 2. Societal and general skills for EU obstetrics and gynaecologists 3. Educational strategy 4. SWOT analysis on implementation per country 5. Policy recommendations/guidelines 6. Handbook for pan-European traing The ten partners in the ProCuGyn project represent a great diversity in culture and organisation of national health care systems. All partners have a solid track-record on the latest developments in obstetrics and gynaecologists. Together they represent outstanding knowledge and expertise from the field of obstetrics and gynaecology, support from important EU and international organisations (EBCOG, ENTOG) and academic levels in a well-balanced cooperation between field organisations and educational organisations. The consortium partners work together in order to improve and share innovative practices within and beyond the participating organisations to equip (future) professionals with the core knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their high-skilled occupations. By the involvement of different kind of stakeholders (patients, midwifes, nurses, hospitals/employers) in the design and delivery of the curriculum through staff exchange and bringing in practical experience, this curriculum will be attuned to current and future labour market needs and fosters employability and mobility in Europe. ProCuGyn strongly contributes to the European Area of Skills and Qualifications as it promotes the use of learning outcomes in the design, delivery and assessment of this new curriculum which will provide future trainees with state-of-the-art knowledge and competencies needed in their high-skilled occupations. ProCuGyn will strenghten quality as stated in the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2014-2020 as it will boost European mobility, because skills and qualifications from trainees of different European countries will be standardized. In this way obstacles in mobility in higher education will be removed.



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