Preparing the Future Proof Healthcare Leaders: Learnings from the Training Course for Doctors Organized by the Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies, the Standing Committee of European Doctors and the European Junior Doctors Association
Authors: George Dafoulas1,2, Kostas Roditis2,3, Antanas Montvila4, Joe-Max Wakim5, Bogi Eliasen5, Emilie Balk-Møller5, Christiaan Keijzer6, Sara Roda6, Sarada Das6
1) Faculty of Medicine, University of Thessaly, Department of Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases, Larisa, Greece;
2) Junior Doctors’ Network-Hellas (JDN-Hellas), Athens, Greece;
3) Department of Vascular Surgery, Korgialenio-Benakio Hellenic Red Cross Hospital, Athens, Greece
4) European Junior Doctors Association (EJD), Brussels, Belgium;
5) Copenhagen Institute of Futures Studies (CIFS), Copenhagen, Denmark;
6) Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME), Brussels, Belgium.
Presented at: 6th NASCE / UEMS Scientific Meeting & Train the Trainers Course “New Frontiers in Open Innovation”, Athens, Greece.
Health Services and Medical Practice are facing the challenges of Digital Transformation in the era of the 4th Digital Revolution. Postgraduate training for junior doctors and continuing professional development (CPD) for already practicing physicians need to be continuously updated to better reflect the current needs and better adapt for the upcoming digital health transformation.
The present course aimed to shape doctors as future leaders of the biological and digital health transformation and to equip them with needed skills and competencies to create future strategies to deliver better healthcare for patients in Europe. The aim of the abstract is to introduce a successful training initiative to prepare doctors as future proof digital health leaders organized by professional medical associations.
Material & Methods
The course was developed by the Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies (CIFS) Health Team in collaboration with the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) and the European Junior Doctors Association (EJD) to provide a 2-days course on futures thinking strategies adopted towards digital technologies and major future mega trends in healthcare.
34 representatives from 21 countries nominated by their medical associations participated in two 2-days courses, held in Copenhagen, Denmark in April and May 2022. The topics of the course included: The emerging health landscape and changing health behavior, mega trends and the Copenhagen Method in interactive workshops format to prepare them to better adapt and lead the upcoming digital health transformation. The course was highly appreciated by the participants and heavily recommended to continue in order to empower doctors to take an active role in shaping the landscape of healthcare.
The course proved to be a successful and impactful way to provide training in futures thinking and key mega trends in the current biological and digital health transformation and equip doctors with additional skills needed to have an active role in the transformation process.