1st Edition

Cost Effectiveness in Medical Education

By Kieran Walsh Copyright 2011

    With economic winter facing many healthcare and health education budgets, the high costs of medical education are bringing it under close scrutiny. However, the costs of not providing high quality medical education - not least human costs in morbidity and mortality from medical error - are also high, presenting medical educators, funding managers, policy makers and economists with an unenviable dilemma. To add to their difficulties, remarkably little has been written on cost effectiveness in medical education, including how to calculate costs, how to get maximal value for money and even what constitutes value for money. In this book, the first of its kind, world leading experts comprehensively outline what is known about cost effectiveness in each of their fields. Undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional education are all explored, as are e-learning, simulation, cost benefit analysis and numerous other areas. Lecturers and researchers in medical education, clinical tutors and educational supervisors and appraisers, managers responsible for funding medical education and health economists and health policy makers and shapers will find this an invaluable resource. 'An excellent analysis and explanation of an under-explored subject' - from the Foreword by Sir Liam Donaldson

    Cost effectiveness in medical education: an introduction. Cost effective undergraduate medical education. Cost effective postgraduate medical education. Cost effective continuing professional development. Cost effectiveness in interprofessional education. Cost effective e- learning in medical education. Cost-effective face-to-face learning. Cost effective simulation. Problem Based Learning: is a cost effective approach possible? Cost benefit analysis of curriculum design for medicine. Cost-effective assessment. Cost-effective educational evaluation. Quality assurance systems for medical education. Research into cost-effectiveness in medical education. Cost effectiveness in medical education: conclusion and next steps.


    Kieran Walsh, MB (Clinical Director, BMJ Learning, London, UK)