REPORTING THE RESULTS ACHIEVED UNDER THE PROJECT “SETTING PEER REVIEW INSTRUMENTS AND GOALS FOR MEDICAL (HEALTH) EDUCATION”, FUNDED BY ERASMUS+
Antonia Yanakieva, Angelika Velkova-Monova, Alexandrina Vodenicharova, Karolina Lyubomirova and Joana Simeonova
ABSTRACT: Most former Soviet countries face major and similar challenges in the quality assurance process in higher medical (health) education. Implementation of specific tools of the peer-review process is needed and would lead to quality enhancement in medical education. The aim of the article is to present and discuss the main activities implemented within the project so far.
The project has been funded by the Erasmus+. Fourteen universities from 7 former Soviet countries have been involved in the project. We analyzed: 1) annual reports of Multinational Peer Review Board (MPRB); 2) self-evaluation reports (SER) of HEIs; 3) peer review expert group reports; 4) follow-up mission in 12 HEIs and reports following; 5) annual financial reviews; 6) video recordings of meetings of Peer Review Experts with the Focus Groups; 7) seminar materials; 8) minutes of meetings held; 9) media activities materials.
The project aims to enhance the quality of medical education in the targeted universities. The MPRB, PRIMED-EECA journal and PRAMED-EECA Association have been established. Within the project, many other different activities have been held: over 12 MPRB meetings, 5 online seminars on peer review process in partner country institutions, 12 SERs written by the self-assessment working groups (SAW group), 12 meetings of Peer Review Experts with the Focus Groups of HEIs, 12 peer review expert group reports on HEIs prepared, 12 Follow-up Missions and reports following. All the activities implemented within the project have been announced by social media.
Most planned activities within the project have been completed. Creative and fruitful collaboration among the programme country institutions and PCIs was established.
Keywords: quality assurance process, peer review, Multinational Peer Review Board (MPRB), programme country institutions (PrCIs), partner country institutions (PCIs)