A major SCHE vehicle for making Stanford’s health educational content available to anyone, anywhere, anytime is the Digital Medical Education International Collaborative (Digital MEdIC).
Digital MEdIC was launched in January 2016 to address a critical deficit in the number of health professionals being trained worldwide, especially in under-resourced areas. In 2013 the World Health Organization estimated that 83 countries had a collective shortage of 7.2 million health care professionals. That number is projected to increase to nearly 13 million by 2035. Today, Digital MEdIC’s overarching goal is to provide high quality online medical education to health care providers, their patients, and patients’ families, impacting healthcare across the globe but most especially in under resourced areas of the world. It does this by repurposing Stanford’s health educational content for diverse audiences and uses, and working with content partners who share SCHE’s vision of building human capacity and impacting health outcomes through education. The Digital MEdIC initiative currently is being implemented in India and South Africa, where SCHE has established relationships with an initial group of academic institutions, NGO’s / not-for-profit organizations, and government agencies.