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Giornale Italiano di Chirurgia Vascolare 1999 December;6(4):227-38

language: English, Italian

Project for the “Certification of the School of Specialization in Vascular Surgery” University of Bologna

Cirelli M. R.

From the Division of Vascular Surgery Department of Surgical Science and Anesthesiology University of Bologna, Italy


Introduction. The Single European Mar­ket, and ­more gen­er­al­ly the pro­cess of mar­ket glo­bal­isa­tion, ­have empha­sised the fun­da­men­tal impor­tance of ensur­ing the ­final qual­ity of prod­ucts/ser­vic­es by ­systems ­that con­trol struc­ture, pro­ce­dure and qual­ity tar­gets. The ­main ­role of the University is to ­devise an organ­isa­tion­al mod­el ­which ­will spec­i­fy and ­enhance its com­mit­ments to its customers/students.
Methods. The Postgraduate Specialisation Schools in Vascular Surgery and Anesthesia and Resuscitation, Internal Medicine and Ophthalmology at the University of Bologna ­have devel­oped a ­pilot pro­ject to ­devise a ­self-assess­ment qual­ity con­trol pro­ce­dure UNI EN ISO 9000 for the pur­pos­es of qual­ity cer­tifi­ca­tion ­with the train­ing sup­port of CER­MET, the Institute for Research and Quality. The pro­ject was devel­oped in ­five stag­es: 1. Informing schools of the ­basic con­cepts of the qual­ity ­system. 2. Identifying the ­main pro­cess­es of the Specialisation Schools. 3. Analysis of the ­legal require­ments and draft­ing of the ­self-assess­ment ­form. 4. Back-up dur­ing the ­self-assess­ment ­stage. 5. ISO 9000 Certification.
Results. It is not ­easy for Specialisation Schools to ­grasp the advan­tag­es of qual­ity man­age­ment, nor is it ­easy to ­acquire the ­right knowl­edge and men­tal­ity to imple­ment ­these advan­tag­es in a sat­is­fac­to­ry man­ner. The ­task of inform­ing schools and spread­ing the cul­ture of qual­ity is ­already one out­come of imple­ment­ing a quality system in the Specialisation Schools.
Conclusions. The appli­ca­tion of ­this mod­el is ­aimed at empha­sis­ing all ­aspects of the train­ing pro­cess through­out the Specialisation ­course: organ­isa­tion, struc­ture, teach­ing, the­o­ry and prac­tice. The cer­tifi­ca­tion pro­ject of the ­four Schools ­aims to “guar­an­tee” the train­ing of a “medical specialist”. In oth­er ­words, it ­aims to ­train a ­good spe­cial­ist ­able to ­take impor­tant deci­sions and be a lead­er in the ­research and teach­ing ­fields.

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