Yesterday, Dr Livinia Da Dalt from Padua, described their model for inculcating global child health concepts in their paediatric training program by enabling selected trainees to work for 6 months in developing nations across Africa.

This made me reflect on the situation of mandatory regional/remote training in Australia – something I feel ambivalent about (the mandatoriness, not the actual benefits of regional/remote training). Comparison with European trainees having an option to train in Africa is not useful.

This was complemented by a talk by Dr Hazen Ham (VP of the American Board of Pediatrics Foundation) today, giving a brief summary of the history and current mission of the Global Pediatric Education Consortium (GPEC) . GPEC has developed a 700+ page paediatric curriculum for people to adapt and use how they wish, and so far it seems several South American Countries, Japan, and perhaps some African nations have adopted this curriculum. It has also been used to successfully lobby government for resources to improve paediatric training in Brazil (lengthening their training program from 2y to 3y !). Our own Kevin Forsyth (former RACP Dean) is apparently assisting GPEC with developing the educational business model to extend the scope of GPEC’s works into providing educational resources online . This will be interesting to see in years to come. Funding for GPEC seems to come predominantly from the American Board of Paediatrics. The RACP is not an affiliate member of GPEC.

Prof Jonas Norquist, an educational specialist from the Karolinska Institute gave a talk entitled “How to Make a Good Specialist”. He had wonderful style, and was an engaging speaker, but his message was only pithy like this:
1. Have detailed learning objectives.
2. Provide as much formative feedback as possible.
3. Have physical space in which to give feedback

Prof Nordquist has physical spaces for education as a little hobby, I suspect. Interesting to note this idea echoed in other educational forums in Perth (AISWA “Briefing the Board” 2014). The Karolinska Institute has exchange programs