SNS Research Brief 54. Medical training for future healthcare

SNS Research Brief 2019.06.17
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Physician training, Specialist training, and life-long learning must be adapted to ­accommodate the rapid developments that are taking place in healthcare and medicine. Technological advances within visualisation, simulation, and artificial intelligence (AI) create new interactions between humans and machines – but education and training are lagging behind. Psychologically challenging situations also place new demands on training in order to combat burnout, high staff turnover, and to prevent professionals from leaving point-of-care work.

This report describes some of the challenges and needs that medical training and education face at all levels. We have identified the challenges and needs based on our own ­experiences, current research, and ongoing discussions. We also propose some measures for improvements, such as changing the selection requirements for specialist training, systematising continuing medical education, and international accreditation of training centres.


Li Felländer-Tsai, professor, senior consultant of orthopaedics, Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska University Hospital

Annika Östman Wernerson, professor, senior consultant of pathology, Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska University Hospital

Anders Bergenfelz, professor, senior consultant of surgery, Lund University and Skåne University Hospital