Objectives

BioS project objectives

The BioS project will equip medical doctors with knowledge, skills and competences that can be immediately applied in clinical environment and will allow them to tackle effectively concurrent challenges in the EU healthcare systems, services, and policies, in benefit of the health of EU citizens.

Specific objectives of the BioS project are:

Innovation

a) to design and deliver a training programme on a highly innovative field as the field of Computational Biology thus contributing to personalization of predictions, earlier diagnosis, better treatments, and improved decision support for clinicians b) to design and deliver a flexible training programme that will develop coherent teaching methodologies and tools tailored to the needs of the target group, including hands-on experience.

Impact

a) to involve all stakeholders for exploiting the VET potential in cutting-edge subjects for creating growth and jobs in the Healthcare sector, b) to enhance the use of Bioinformatics by medical doctors in clinical environments, c) to promote the application of EQAVET and EQF/ECVET frameworks that ensure both quality and better transferability of the project’s results.

Sustainability

a) to create a lasting partnership of all types of stakeholders that will monitor and adjust to changes in the sector’s needs, b) to facilitate transnational mobility between the sectors’ stakeholders, c) to provide transversal skills as well as career guidance, career management skills and access to the labour market, thus improving their long-term employability.

These objectives will be pursued through the following activities:

  1. Develop innovative modular curricula that integrate the latest advancements in Computational Biology for the Healthcare sector and transversal skills that can be immediately applied by medical doctors in clinical context.
  2. Develop the aforementioned modular curricula according to the EQF/ECVET framework
  3. Develop a virtual learning environment to bring together medical doctors, bioinformatics experts, educators and researchers, as well policy-makers from across Europe. The platform is going to be developed as a "virtual world" that enables users to interact with each other. In this platform, users can exchange experiences and follow virtual lessons.
  4. Deliver the BioS training programme as a VOOC underpinned by EQAVET
  5. Provide participants with hands-on experience through work-based learning periods
  6. Produce Policy Briefs and Recommendations to contribute to relevant national and EU policy agenda
  7. Disseminate the project outcomes giving emphasis in creating exploitation plans for continuing the project work after the end of the project’s funding period.

Medical doctors throughout Europe are currently being called to respond effectively to a number of challenges emanating by the profound changes rapidly evolving in the sector and thus shaping the sector skills needs. By developing the abovementioned novel training programmes, the proposed project is going to cover exactly this training need. The information is also going to be available on the virtual platform, thus allowing for a much larger end-user pool access.

The project also addresses the need for coordination between policy makers, training and education providers and health professionals’ associations, through the establishment of a multi-stakeholder partnership, as well as the implementation of targeted dissemination activities and networking, including actions explicitly targeted to national and EU policy-making levels.

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