Under this Project funded by USAID, Juzoor provided technical leadership and implementation related to pre-service and in-service education, accreditation of educational programs, and licensing and certification of health workers.
Improve pre-service (PSE) and in-service education (ISE)
Juzoor supported AQAC, the Palestinian Ministry of Higher Education (PMOHE), and Education in Health (EiH) Department at the PMOH in disseminating and rolling-out the revised Critical Care Nursing (CCN) curriculum package for undergraduate nurses at the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) level.
To improve the quality of support for critically-ill patients in ICUs, PHCP facilitated the two-day Basic Assessment and Support in Intensive Care (BASIC) course targeting 21 senior critical care nurses, internal medicine residents, and anesthesia senior residents from PMOH and Palestinian non-PMOH hospitals. The BASIC course is accredited by the International Pan Arab Critical Care Medicine Society (IPACCMS), as well as other regional and international organizations.
Online Resource Centers (ORCs) utilized by health care workers
Juzoor backstopped the Ministry of Health to promote and activate the online resource centers, engage the trained facilitators, enhance the technical management of the online learning format “Moodle,” and develop and post three continuing education courses for MoH staff in Infection Prevention and Control, Neonatal Nursing, and Ethics onto Moodle. The EiH had also appointed an instructor from Ibn Sina to follow up periodically on the ORCs and with the facilitators, gathering information on any challenges faced and helping to solve them.
Juzoor supports the MOH to develop a mechanism to accredit and track continuing education for its workforce
Juzoor completed an assessment to understand the existing CME/CPD of health providers in Palestine in comparison to regional and international CPD systems. The assessment focused specifically on existing accreditation of CPD activities by the PMOH and other CPD providers to identify gaps in CPD and address them in the future. The assessment was used as a baseline to plan and initiate the CPD system in the PMOH. Juzoor continued its support for the CPD taskforce team to revise and approve the national guidelines for CPD accreditation standards and the national CPD strategy.
Developing and implementing a mechanism for licensing and certification of health workers
Juzoor maintains close collaboration with the PMOH, Palestine Medical Council (PMC), and other key stakeholders involved in planning, implementation, and follow-up of the licensing and certification of health workers.
Development of training curricula for medical residency in General Surgery, Pediatric Medicine, and Internal Medicine
Juzoor, in cooperation with the Palestine Medical Council (PMC) and local consultants, provided technical support for the revision and implementation of the general surgery, pediatric and internal medicine training curricula at a national level. Using the Quality Improvement Collaborative (QIC) approach and supportive field visits to the six implementing hospitals, Juzoor evaluated the implementation progress and shared best practices, challenges and lessons learned.
The Palestine Medical Council is in the process of establishing a new approach for accrediting medical training facilities. Rather than accrediting all hospitals as residency training sites for select years of the residency program, three regional centers will be accredited in the North, Middle, and South of the West Bank. Each of the centers will include several teaching hospitals, including PMOH and Palestinian non-PMOH hospitals that collectively offer the five years of residency required for specialization in surgery, and four years for specialization in pediatric medicine.
Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)
In an effort to enhance the Palestinian board exam, a manual for the examiners and applicants was developed. The General Surgery and Pediatric Medicine Scientific Committees at the PMC were oriented on the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), a new modality of exam methodology. To ensure quality standards for the OSCE exam, the General Surgery and Pediatric Medicine Scientific Committees, with technical support from the consultant from the Royal College of Surgeons, agreed on exam regulations, rules, and standards of preparation including administration, logistics, exam scenarios, stations, questions, and the setting for the exam. Once approved, this methodology will be used in future board exams.
Palestinian Medical Board Exam Preparatory courses
Juzoor provides four pre-requisite courses for the Palestinian board exam in surgery and pediatric medicine. The courses included the Basic Surgical Skills Course (BSSC), Basic Life Support (BLS), and Pediatric Medicine Advanced Life Support (PALS). Juzoor also conducts two non-clinical training courses in communication skills in health and ethics.
The Basic Life Support (BLS) course is accredited by the American Heart Association (AHA) and has been approved by the PMC to be a pre-requisite course in the revised pediatric medicine curriculum, required prior to undertaking Part One of the Palestinian Board Exam.
With technical support from a consultant from the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health, PHCP facilitated the Educating the Educators course (EtE) in health training for nineteen pediatric medicine specialists and senior residents from all training hospitals to enhance their capacity in adult teaching, learning principles, and methodologies.