Experiments to facilitate links between medical and paramedical research

Since 2020, 23 universities have started implementing joint training projects in medicine and secondary medical sciences by order of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research. So, access to uniform training for all health professions: possible or completely utopian?

A small revolution is underway for health education. The Ministry of Higher Education has actually started work invites projects from universities for to test the links between medical and secondary medical education. The stated aim: “To encourage exchanges, cross-curricular activities and better access to research between different health training courses (medicine, pharmacy, health care)”.

A total of 26 projects are ongoing in 23 universities. Started at the beginning of the 2020, 2021 or 2022 academic year, these experiments will end in 2026. This is why some may bother you and even go on…

Dual courses at university for paramedic students

Many universities offer it dual undergraduate courses for secondary medical students (nurses, occupational therapists, massage therapists, podiatrists, orthoptists, psychomotor therapists, etc.). This is especially true of the University of Clermont-Auvergne, the University of Angers or the III University of Toulouse. However, be careful, they do not open their dual diplomas to all secondary medical courses listed, you should contact each institution.

Students in parallel with the professional diploma get a bachelor’s degree, with the most the words “health sciences” or “sanitary and social sciences”.. Along with courses dedicated to their discipline, they follow additional study units whose content allows students to familiarize themselves with university research.

“A professional diploma theoretically leads to a master’s degree, but the success rates are quite low. This dual course is one way.encourage more students to study“says the Ministry of Higher Education.

Similar dual curriculum projects exist at the graduate level, for student masseuses-physiotherapists, specialized nurses or health professionals. To confirm a master’s degree in addition to a professional diploma, students are trained in university studiesallows them then apply for doctoral registration. This is also necessary undergo research experiencemade possible by the extension of schooling.

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Pass the gateway to secondary medical education

About ten universities tested another method creation Transitions between PASS (special health acquisition course) and paramedic training. students with PASS approved 60 credits of the year access to health research (medicine, maieutics, odontology, pharmacy) is possible entering the second year of the secondary medical course.

A mandatory condition You must have followed PASS in your year a special minor preparing for secondary medical education. It is also offered to students in experimental projects make up missed experiences in the first year. These bridges are offered, for example, at the University of Saint-Etienne, Reims or Toulouse III, but again, find out about the training courses for the relevant medical staff.

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Interacting courses between health education

The University of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté is experimenting combining courses during the first three years of secondary medical education. A speech therapist and physical therapist may be required of students share lessons.

Medical and dental students are also required to comply Common study units for Paris Cité University. A project from the University of Nantes allows general medicine trainees to collaborate with practice supervisors in pharmacy and midwifery.

The transition between medical and paramedical research remains rare

Most of the projects offered by universities are related to secondary medical courses. Apart from tests of transitions from PASS or L.AS (licence with “access to health” option) to paramedical sectors, most projects do not bridge between medical and secondary medical education.

A finding partially explained by the Ministry “Logistical problems” for coordinating the work of the two sectors. A preliminary evaluation of the experiments should be drawn up in early 2023.

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