Ahmed H. Fahal, University of Khartoum, Sudan
Abstract: The establishment of the educational development centers for medical and health professionals (EDCs) in the Sudan are a response to global changes in medical and health education and increasing expectations by the society as well as the professions. This paper provides an overview of the four EDCs established in Sudan. The paper argues that these centers have responded to the challenge of growing demand for qualified teachers in health sciences by offering effective teacher training programmes, consultation on curriculum evaluation, planning and implementing curriculum changes and innovative teaching and evaluation methods for the health professions. In conclusion the paper recommends the need to sustain the cooperation and joint effort between the EDCs and the expatriates Sudanese experts in medical and health education and training. This cooperation will offer a great opportunity for knowledge transfer by organising beneficial and effective training courses, seminar and conferences in the Sudan and by sponsoring short training placement for young Sudanese medical and health professions to be exposed and acquire international experience and assist in technology transfer to the Sudan.
Keywords: Medical and health professionals; Medical education; Training and development; Knowledge transfer