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Training Requirements for the Specialty of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine: challenges to the achievement of an International Standard

Session outline

The achievement of a standard for PRM education worldwide would represent an important achievement for the discipline as it would allow us to establish, clearly and unequivocally, what are the several commitments of the PRM physicians towards people experiencing disability, their carers, the rehabilitation health professionals, the other medical specialities, the policymakers, and the society.

The Rehabilitation 2030 initiative introduced a “call for action”, gathering stakeholders towards coordinated global actions to scale up rehabilitation.   At least 4 out of 10 priority areas for action call for emphasizing the pivotal role of PRM physicians and harmonizing post-graduate education in PRM

  • Creating strong leadership and political support for rehabilitation at different levels,
  • Developing a strong multidisciplinary rehabilitation workforce,
  • Promoting rehabilitation concepts across all health workforce education, and
  • Building research capacity to expand the availability of robust evidence for rehabilitation

The workshop will present available standards in postgraduate PRM education (the European and American models), highlight the challenges of extending such models to LMIC and discuss possible solutions that will help expanding PRM physician workforce worldwide. Open discussion and audience interaction is highly encouraged to further enrich learning and promote collaboration.

Learning outcomes

  • Discuss the main responsibilities PRM physicians should achieve at the end of postgraduate education, in different settings, from acute care units to community settings.
  • Present the Entrustable Professional Activities to be considered for the formative and summative assessment of PRM trainees.
  • Explore the challenges of PRM education in LMIC

Target audience

  • Administrative Directors
  • Physicians
  • Resident/Fellows
  • Program Chairs
  • Program Coordinators
  • Medical Students

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