The APE MOH “Ukrainian Medical Assembly” is an institution of postgraduate education, the purpose of which is to ensure a high level of professional development in the field of health care. Among the priorities are the improvement of professional skills necessary for practical training, the formation of professional readiness for independent medical activity, and ensuring pre-certification training for the formation of the educational portfolio.
Starting from 2000, APE MOH “Ukrainian Medical Assembly” is a leading center for the formation and development of professional medical training. Thus, following the consolidated decision of the coordinating and advisory body at the Ministry of Health of Ukraine within the government’s target program for the development of the health care system in Ukraine and bringing national legislation in line with Resolution of the 27th World Medical Assembly (Munich, 1973) supplemented by the Resolution of the 35th World Medical Assembly (Venice, 1983) on the working conditions of health workers, national self-government of doctors was established, the main purpose of which was to ensure high professional standards of medical practice and its guarantees, high professional level, protection of professional doctors’ rights in the interests of health care of patients and the state of Ukraine.
In August 2014, the Ministry of Health of Ukraine initiated the development of the National Strategy for Health Care Reform in Ukraine. According to the Strategy, for the period of 2015 – 2020, one of the parts of which was the reform of education and training, determination of the focus on creating a new system of continuing professional development as part of the mechanism of certification of doctors to verify qualifications, thus defining certification of doctors as a way to improve activities of health care facilities of all forms of ownership to further develop the provision of medical care to the population, according to the common practices in developed countries in Europe, America and Asia.
By the decision of February 13, 2020, the APE MOH “UMA” was established. The Academy is a holistic educational and scientific complex, which provides continuous professional development and advanced training of health professionals.
On February 14, 2020, the APE MOH “UMA” was established according to the adopted Strategic Program of UMA 2020 – 2025, approved by the protocol decision of the Conference of the public organization “Ukrainian Medical Assembly” and according to the Ukrainian legislation aimed at training students in all fields of medicine. The main constituent document of the APE MOH “UMA” is the Statute.
Since February 20, 2020, there is a research and project group, which, according to the profiled decision, created faculties following the sectoral licensed activities.
From March 03, 2020, the Academy began work in a new structural format that allows administration of licensed educational activities, postgraduate training, and retraining, advanced training in health care.
As of today, the Academy provides access to the material and technical base, namely: libraries, laboratories, classrooms, inpatient facilities for medical care, computer classes, etc. Occasionally, the academy attracts partners and conducts educational events, scientific and practical conferences, congresses, symposia, etc.
The establishment of the Academy is acknowledged by the protocol decision of the Conference of the public organization “Ukrainian Medical Assembly” following the Ukrainian legislation to train students in all areas of medicine.
The status of the APE MOH “UMA” is based on the orders of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine № 1074 of December 03, 2010 “On measures of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine to improve the training of doctors” and № 1088 of December 10, 2010 “On improving postgraduate education of doctors”, Law of Ukraine “On education” № 1556-VII (2014), the Order of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine of February 28, 2014 “On the implementation of the Road map for the development of Ukrainian education”, Law of Ukraine “On professional development of employees” № 4312-VI of January 12, 2012, Order of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine № 742 of November 23, 2007 “On certification of junior specialists with medical education”, Order of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine № 446 of February 22, 2019 “On some issues of continuous professional development of doctors”, Order of the Cabinet of Ministers № 95-p of February 27, 2019 “On approval of the Strategy for the development of medical education in Ukraine”.
Ensuring by the Academy of continuous professional development and advanced training of specialists in the field of health care is carried out according to the Constitution of Ukraine, the Law of Ukraine “On education” and bylaws, including Regulations on specialization (internship) of graduates of medical and pharmaceutical educational institutions of III-IV levels of accreditation of medical faculties of universities approved by the Order of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine № 291 of September 19, 1996, Regulation on postgraduate training of doctors (pharmacists) approved by the Order of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine № 166 of August 27, 1993, On further improvement of the system of postgraduate training of doctors (pharmacists) and the Procedure for passing the certification approved by the Order of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine № 446 of February 22, 2019, on some issues of continuous professional development of doctors by conducting licensed educational activities to improve training in the field of health care in the form of cycles of thematic improvement, providing the advanced training in a separate section of specialization with mandatory improvement of professional skills needed to improve the level of practical training, professional readiness for independent medical practice and ensure pre-certification training for formation of educational portfolio.
Today, the activities of the Academy are based on the principles of humanity, democracy, traditional world and national education, science, culture, and are carried out according to the Constitution of Ukraine and other regulations of domestic law and international treaties ratified by independent Ukraine. The legal basis of activity and legal status is defined in the Statute of the Academy – the constituent document.
The curriculum and programs of cycles of thematic improvement are developed and approved by the research and project group of the Academy according to the International Education Standards and in compliance with Ukrainian legislation: Laws of Ukraine “On education”, “On professional development”, Orders of the Ministry of Health “On some issues of continuous professional development of doctors”, “On certification of junior specialists with medical education”, Decrees of the President of Ukraine “On measures to reform the system of training and employment of graduates of higher educational institutions” and Orders of the Departments of Health in the field.
The main purpose of the Academy’s activities is to ensure continuous professional development by improving the skills of health professionals. The acquisition of professional skills necessary to increase the level of practical training is a priority area of activity that contributes to the formation of the professional profile of the specialist, his educational portfolio. Curricula provide for the passage of cycles of thematic improvement of a certain educational and scientific direction, following the curricula.
The vision of the Academy is effective and coordinated continuous development of health professionals, which is free from corruption, accountable to the Academy, and fully meets the EU standards and best medical practices, ensures the integrity and improves the state of education in Ukraine.
The main strategic vector of the Academy is to ensure high-quality postgraduate education, corresponding to the level of foreign medical research institutions, based on building an effective model of social partnership with students, doctors, staff, health care system, professional community, and society. In view of this, the Academy plans to comply with the following professional standards:
– Directive 2005/36/ЕС of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 September 2005 on the recognition of professional qualification; – WFME Global Standard for Quality improvement: Basic Medical Education, WFME Global Standard for Quality improvement: Postgraduate Medical education and WFME Global Standard for Quality improvement: Continuous Professional Development.