Task Force 1: Quality Assurance

Leader: CHE Consult , BerlinUwe Brandenburg
Contact: Uwe Brandenburg (uwe.Brandenburg@che-consult.de)


Year 1: Comparative study & analysis in view of toolbox development
Year 2: Identification of best practice and toolbox development
Year 3: Dissemination, valorisation, implementation and promotion of the label ‘International Medical School’


The partnership has agreed to spread the specifications for TF 1 over a period of 24 months, the first two project years. In the course of the third project year, the TF will materialize project results that are in line with the project’s specific objectives (see WP 7). A similar methodology and timetable has been adopted for TF2 and TF3, each with separate outcomes and deliverables (see WP 2 & WP 3).

In order to get started, the TF1 members will need to become acquainted with one another, identify how each medical school/faculty deals with QA and come to a decision on how the partnership wishes to conceptualize QA for future collaboration in this field. Through a group decision technique (delphi method/nominal group technique) a joint QA definition will be drafted for all medical schools/faculties in the IMS 2020 project and key indicators will be agreed upon. P3, as TF1 leader, will invest a substantial time in this preparatory phase. In the course of the first project year, two successive workshops will be held at CHE headquarters in Gütersloh (DE). Between workshops all TF1 members will complete homework that will consist of institutional contributions to the SWOT analysis, contextualisation (PESTEL), self-evaluation of current practice, identification of good practice, etc.

In the course of the second project year, the TF1 members will develop a toolbox that will constitute a prerequisite for the ultimate implementation of the IMS 2020 Quality Label. The project findings of year 1 will feed into the activities that are scheduled for year 2. A workshop will be organised in Gütersloh. The aim of this meeting will be to compare good practice at the different institutions and to subsequently design the framework conditions for the label, thus, creating the toolbox. In the course of year 2, separate web pages will be launched with specific information related to QA for medical schools/faculties. All TF1 members will be closely involved in the production of the content. The toolbox itself will be designed as an interactive on-line learning tool. In other words, usage (among the core partners, associate partners and external users) will lead to adaptations in structure and content reflecting dynamic structural flows in medical schools. In the periods between workshops, the TF 1 leader will function as a helpdesk for the TF 1 members who may need additional support with the implementation of their assignments: Definition of QA in medical education, overview of different QA mechanisms in place at IMS 2020 institutions, SWOT Analysis, Toolbox, QA Label prerequisites.