By Prof Marco T Medina
WFN Education Committee
Dean, School of Medical Sciences, National Autonomous University of Honduras
In the last 12 years the WFN started a Continuing Medical Education (CME) project using the WFN Seminars in Clinical Neurology and the AAN continuing medical education journal Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology. This last program is a partnership between the WFN and the American Academy of Neurology (AAN).
Since 2001, the AAN and the WFN have each provided six specially designed educational courses each year. Twelve Latin American countries currently participate, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Cuba, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela. Each country has a WFN Education Coordinator appointed by that society's President.
The WFN has provided a program certification process for programs that wish to have an external review. This has been carried out in Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, and Peru.
The Education Committee of the World Federation of Neurology (WFN), in collaboration with the Postgraduate Direction of the National Autonomous University of Honduras, the Honduran Neurological Association, and the Honduran Secretary of Health helped establish the country's first Neurology Training Program in 1998. By 2011 the program has resulted in a 60% increase in the national neurologist ratio per inhabitant.
The Honduras Neurology Training Program has provided a valuable model for other developing countries with similar needs for neurological care. Based on this Honduras experience, members of the Education Committee of the WFN have established guidelines for neurology training programs in developing countries.
Panama is planning to start a Neurology Training program with the support of the WFN.
The XIII Pan American Congress of Neurology will take place in La Paz, Bolivia in March 4th to 8th, 2012; several educational activities will take place in this congress
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