With the recent recession and increased unemployment in many industries, health care has clearly emerged as the industry of the future. As new students converge on local educational institutions in record numbers, health care’s education systems find themselves in challenging times.
In this presentation, our speakers will discuss the various issues surrounding traditional and emerging educational structures, long-term barriers, new opportunities and systems, and the new innovations that are meeting student needs while challenging traditional thinking. We will analyze the more long-term traditional education systems as compared with the emerging models. These new systems offer flexibility that meets student needs and interests, but some question the quality and competency of their graduates. Which is best? Do both models meet the needs of the student as well as the safety of patients?
Harold P. Jones, Ph.D., FASAHP, has served as Dean of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Professions since 2001. Prior to that, he was Dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences at East Carolina University for nine years. His previous positions include serving as the first Branch Chief for the Science Planning and Analysis Branch at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, as Program Director for the Shared Instrument and Instrument Development Programs at the National Science Foundation, as Associate Dean for the College of Allied Health Professions at the University of South Alabama and as a faculty member in the Department of Biochemistry in the School of Medicine at the University of South Alabama where he received more than $1.0 million in extramural research support from NIH, NSF and the American Heart Association.
Stephen N. Collier, PhD, is an administrator, teacher, and researcher with over 35 years experience in the health professions. He is currently Professor and Director of the Office of Health Professions Education and Workforce Development in the School of Health Professions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Outside of his duties in his various university positions, he has been Chairman of the Commission on Health and Human Services for the Southern Regional Education Board and Chairman of the State Policy Task Force for the Pew Health Professions Commission. He also held appointments at Harvard University in the Center for Health Policy, Research, and Education, and in the Graduate School of Education. More recently, he served as a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the Health Professions Education Summit.