Moving towards improved pediatric healthcare

Moving towards improved pediatric healthcare

Society
08 October 2019, 16:05 67
As of 2020-2021, Azerbaijan Medical University (AMU) will start residency training in pediatric subspecialties - pediatric cardiology, pediatric surgery, pediatric neurology. The number of undergraduate medical programs in higher education was reduced from 175 to 148, 46 new specialties were created, and around 70 specialties were either removed or merged. "Physical Education and Rehabilitation", "Physiotherapy and Medical Rehabilitation", "Coaching" and other specialties are among the newly created specialties. Admissions to the new specialties will be held in the 2020-2021 academic year.
 
We asked experts for their opinions on the importance of such staff training and the need for specialization in other areas.
 
Education expert Nadir Israfilov said whether we like it or not, we have to agree with and accept the fact that not only is it necessary to make appropriate changes in the classification of different levels of education, but it is also important. "In other words, the removal and merger of certain specialties, and in some cases the addition of new specialties to the classification, is a necessity arising from the demands of time, not by the desires of anyone,” he said.
 
The expert noted that the Cabinet of Ministers has made amendments to relevant decisions on the classification of undergraduate programs in higher education.
 
"Even though I am not a doctor, creating a medical residency for pediatric subspecialties, such as pediatric cardiology, pediatric surgery, pediatric neurology at AMU can be as important as creating new specialties in engineering and technology, IT, agriculture, educational management. Because children and adults have different psychology, physiology, and physiognomy. Either way, the labor market and time will determine the extent to which changes in classification are necessary and its effects on the quality of education,” he added.
 
Chief pediatrician Nasib Guliyev said this year the Ministry of Health started residency training in subspecialties. "This practice is also applied in neighboring Turkey. They conduct training in both general pediatrics and pediatric subspecialties. We did not have this type of specialization before, but that has changed now. Resident doctors will be trained in pediatric cardiology, urology, neurology, and dentistry. That is, there will be skilled doctors in pediatric cardiology, and also in general pediatrics. Pediatrics is a very broad concept. Children constitute 27% of the population. Therefore, it is advisable to specialize in one area for quality healthcare,” he said.
 
Medical expert Adil Geybulla also said that this experience was adopted from Turkey and will be effective. "This specialization is at the heart of Turkey’s education system. It would be better if we adopted Turkey’s basic medical education as an example as well. The ties and similarities between the two countries will continue to expand, and we will have access to various healthcare services. Sometimes people take pediatrics lightly but on the contrary, it is one of the most difficult professions. Pediatrics itself is a very wide field. It is not possible for a pediatrician to have the same level of knowledge in both cardiology, urology, and neurology. It is best to have specialization in even the smallest areas. Of course, every practitioner should have the same level of basic medical education but there should be further advanced training at the next stages. This specialization should be conducted in all medical specialties. As a result, the quality of healthcare will improve,” the expert noted.
 
Gunel Azade