QS Subject Focus Summit – Medicine

Barriers Come Down: Exploring a new paradigm in medical education, research, and health care
14-16 December 2021 | 9:00am to 12:00pm (Moscow, GMT+3)

COVID-19 has pushed all sectors into reconsidering how they operate. Medical education, research and health care present a unique set of challenges, as educators and students consider how best to not only facilitate the provision of learning, but also serving community needs. As borders remained closed to travel, all stakeholders are being asked to look beyond and reimagine global healthcare. How can medical schools deliver education and community benefit during this time? What are the challenges, visions, and future of Medicine? What will a post-COVID world look like for medical schools and their students and graduates?

The medical field and education have been continually reinvented over time, as new methods of addressing healthcare are uncovered. As an adaptive sector in the interests of the public good, medicine often finds itself at the intersection of several concerns, including government policy, funding, and more recently global pandemics. What are the challenges of medicine in the future? How can its vision encompass preventative and curative measures to ensure good ongoing public health? Where will the future of medicine lie?

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the degree to which healthcare around the world is interconnected. With the rise of new variants, global healthcare has been shown to be only as strong as its weakest components. Outside of the pandemic, there is also a disparity in the level of care available between countries, which itself threatens global health. What does a reimagined global healthcare approach look like? Are there best practices to consider that understand the nuances of cultural and geographical differences? Who can lead these ideas?

The rise of STEAM over STEM has pushed the need for creative thinking towards complex problems, and this has become more important during a period of accelerating digitization. As a field, however, medicine has required a large proportion of physical interaction. What is the impact of digitisation on the fields of medical research, education and care? What role can and should humanities play?