be a long-term and continuous endeavor. Relevant studies and research, as well as active international cooperation and collaboration, therefore, seem to be indispensable.
Until 1990, research in medical education was carried out within the Research Plan individually or jointly organized by the Scientific Councils of the Czech Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education.
There are currently no private medical schools, but such a possibility is under discussion. The bill of the new Higher Education Act is being prepared and should be dealt with by the Czech Parliament soon.
The Czech Association for Health Manpower Education is a member of the Association for Medical Education in Europe and the Association of Medical Schools in Europe. Very close contact and collaboration exists with the WHO regional office in Copenhagen and with the World Federation for Medical Education.
Given the uncertainties in the political and economic situation in our country, it is impossible to predict the direction of change in medical education. Of fundamental significance is the creation of an atmosphere for democratic dialogue and consensus among all involved--teachers, students, politicians, professional bodies, health care providers, and the public. Though there are conflicting priorities, good will, optimism and commitment are not missing.
We are happy that we can profit from the European experiences as well as from the prospective tendencies thoughtfully being initiated by the respective governmental and nongovernmental bodies and associations. The assistance and support coming from other parts of the world are especially appreciated. All that gives us confidence that changes in the system of medical education will contribute to a continuous improvement of the quality of health care and health status of our citizens.
Czech and Slovak Federative Republic, Federal Assembly. 1990. Higher Education Act.
Institute of Health Statistics, Prague, and Institute for health statistics, Bratislava. 1990.
Health services in Czechoslovakia. Cited as Institutes.