A new model of healthcare delivery is evolving worldwide in which: multidisciplinary teamwork between doctors, dentists, nurses and other healthcare professionals is mandatory; costs are cut by more emphasis on care in the community rather than expensive hospitals; and preventive medicine alongside public health information becomes widely disseminated via the revolution in information technology (IT). The UK registered charity International Medical Education Trust 2000 (IMET2000) was established in year 2000 to accelerate this program.
- Improve community and family medicine.
- Develop multidisciplinary team building.
- Develop a culture of lifelong learning and continuous education.
- Upgrade certain specialty units.
- Improve the quality and number available of some specialties.
A Palestinian Health Sciences Education Centre is proposed to help satisfy the need. It should collaborate with all existing university faculties of medicine, dentistry and pharmacy, as well as colleges for nurses, laboratory technicians and all allied health professionals in Palestine but will be autonomous and independent financially. It should serve the whole Palestinian community and provide a scholastic bridge to similar international centres of excellence.