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Plans for Integrating Health Care Personnel between the Two Koreas
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  • Journal title : Korean Medical Education Review
  • Volume 18, Issue 1,  2016, pp.1-15
  • Publisher : 연세대학교 의과대학 의학교육학과
  • DOI : 10.17496/kmer.2016.18.1.1
 Title & Authors
Plans for Integrating Health Care Personnel between the Two Koreas
Lee, Hyekyoung;
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 Abstract
In preparing for the unification of North and South Korea, rather than unilaterally over-writing the North`s human resource training system with the South`s health care human resource development system, it is important to understand the North`s system and its ecology and to achieve a balance by seeking out aspects of each of the systems that could be consolidated with each other. The training period in both the North and South`s health care human resource development systems is specified to be 6 years, but there is no system for internships or residencies in the North. South Korea introduced a 6-year system for pharmacist education in 2009, but North Korea has been using such a system since the 1970s (currently 5.5 years). In North Korea, training of health care personnel is conducted at various levels: at universities, at vocational schools, and at institutes for training health officials. Various types of training (daytime training, online, and ad hoc programs) are carried out. Also of interest is the North`s licensure examination system. Rather than a state examination system as in South Korea, the North favors a graduation exam given by a national graduation examination committee composed of university professors, which awards both graduation certificates and `permits,` that is, licenses for doctors and pharmacists. In working out a plan for the integration of the two Koreas` systems based on the study and analysis of the North`s educational and testing system for doctors and pharmacists, this paper does not place exclusive focus on the distinctions between the systems or cling to negative views. Rather than claim that unification/integration is a practical impossibility, the paper focuses on the similarities between the two systems and maximizes them to uncover an approach for arriving at solutions. It is hoped that the practical data offered in this paper can contribute to the design of a forward-minded unification/integration model.
 Keywords
Undergraduate;Online;Short course;Licensure;
 Language
Korean
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