“Investing in new skills to improve health goals”
This morning at CEFPAS – in the presence of about 200 doctors from all over Sicily, the Regional Health Adviser Ruggero Razza and numerous stakeholders in the health system – the three-year training period 2021-2024 for the specific training school in general medicine was inaugurated. The school is the educational structure that the Sicilian region has entrusted to the Nyssian Health Training Center with the aim of guaranteeing a greater professional qualification of the doctor and improving the organization and delivery system of primary care, guaranteeing greater quality of health and welfare level of the population.
The school’s partners are the province of doctors and surgeons and dentists in Palermo, Catania and Messina, the headquarters of the three fitness centers. The specific training school in general medicine allows doctors to acquire the necessary qualifications to practice as a general practitioner in accordance with the guidelines of European, national and regional legislation. The three-year school provides a commitment of 4,800 hours, of which two-thirds to hospitals and doctors who already practice the subject.
“It is well known how the crisis in the health sector has highlighted all the fragility of the local health service and brought the interest in governance back to the importance of medicine closer to the citizens – he says Toti Amato, director of the school and president of the Order of Surgeons and Dentists in Palermo -. At the heart of the $ 15 billion allocated to PNRR mission 6 (Health) are investments in telemedicine and community centers, as multifunctional structures capable of providing an appropriate response to the health needs of the population. The state has planned to build 1,288 structures across the country by 2026, where an interdisciplinary team of doctors will operate, which citizens will be able to consult at the same location. How this will happen is not yet clear, but the challenge remains to make these houses a real point of reference for the population. For this to happen, an organizational and process revolution is needed, and a new model for sharing and interaction between all professionals that extends beyond the individual electronic file that collects all patients’ data. We need leadership skills that are able to guide the process of proximity to work, especially in regions like Sicily where there have never been similar experiences “.
“In contexts of change, such as healthcare, the continuing education we are starting today has great value for the personal and professional growth of GPs, which represents a strategic reference point for our healthcare -” he said at the opening of the case. Roberto Sanfilippo, Director – General of CEFPAS (cover image). The proposed training model involves physicians with up-to-date, interactive and participatory teaching, which aims to create an authentic and solid community of practice among professionals, also thanks to the partnership that CEFPAS has entered into with professional associations and the contribution of its representatives and teachers. The medical school is a valuable support tool for regional health policies that enables us to provide useful answers to problems in the organization and management of local services for primary care and for local health services. “
“After the pandemic, training activities at GP School will resume in the presence of the launch of eight simultaneous courses for this three-year period: four in Palermo, three in Catania and one in Messina. The classroom approach will allow doctors to discuss, acquire new knowledge, work in groups, perform simulation activities and participate in laboratories with obvious learning outcomes, even in emotional terms – he explains Pier Sergio Caltabiano, Director of the formation of CEFPAS -. The training offer in the new three-year period, aimed at general practitioners, will be dedicated to developing skills related to telemedicine, improving the communicative relationship with patients and intervening on many medical-scientific trends that will make their knowledge and skills integrated and appear. .. There is a strong need for new competencies for the medical profession, which will offset the many retirements. The best answer to professional replacement is to ensure high-quality education, which will be an asset for the entire healthcare system ”.
The presentation was also attended by: Mario La Rocca (DASOE General Manager), Patrizia Montante (DASOE Training Service 2 Manager), Ignazio La Mantia (OMCeO Catania President), Giacomo Caudo (OMCeO Messina President), Fabrizio De Nicola (ARNAS General Manager) ” Garibaldi “from Catania), Salvatore Giuffrida (Director General of the” Cannizzaro “Hospital in Catania), Giovanni Mauro (Administrative Director of CEFPAS), Eleonora Indorato (Director of the MMG School), Giovanni Merlino (Coordinator of Palermo Pole), Marcello Scifo ( coordinator of Catania Campus), Aurelio Lembo (coordinator of Messina Campus), Luigi Spicola (head of the theoretical activity on Palermo Campus), Giovanni Benedetto (head of theoretical activity on Catania Campus), Umberto Alecci (Head of ‘Theoretical activity of Polo di Messina), Silvia Radosti (head of the practical activity of Polo in Palermo), Vincenza Paradisi (head of the practical activity of Polo di Catania) and Riccardo Scoglio (head of theoretical activity at Messina Campus).
“The School of General Medicine will give you training, but above all awareness of the subject’s fundamental value for local care. Between pandemics, Pnrr investments and new skills in territorial medicine, healthcare is changing, bringing community houses, healthcare networks with other disciplines in the field and technological innovation with it. Therefore, there is a need for specialist training in general medicine that is able to withstand the news of the national recovery and resilience plan.
The Director of the School of General Medicine Toti Amato, President of Omceo Palermo and Councilor of Fnomceo said this morning at Cefpa’s headquarters in Caltanissetta, at the beginning of the lessons in the presence of the 2021-2024 three-year period of “Specific education in general medicine” .
“At the heart of the 15 billion Pnrr investments – still Amato (photo below) – there are 4 billion earmarked for telemedicine and 2 allocated to 1288 communal homes to be built across the country by 2026. A house for every 24,500 inhabitants, as a multifunctional facility that is able to provide an appropriate response to the health needs of the population through the work of an interdisciplinary team of specialists, nurses and other health professionals.But the real filter with the territory, to limit the congestion of hospitals, will be the presence of GPs and pediatricians of free choice who will be able to work in the structures or from their studies “.
In the houses, the citizens will be able to consult a doctor, every day and at any time, or have assistance in solving most health problems in the same place. How this will happen is not yet clear. However, there is still the challenge of making these spaces a true reference point for health. It is not easy. We need an organizational and process revolution and a new training model for sharing and interaction between all health professionals. Not only. The health service also needs management skills that are able to orient the new process and make the proximity to homes and local hospitals work, especially in regions like Sicily where there have never been similar experiences “.
Attached are the pictures from the inauguration of the GP School.