Emese Ibolya

Improving Medical School Curricula and Roma Access to Health Care in Hungary

Final Activity Report
For Second Half of the Fellowship

The aim of conducting this research was to examine cross-cultural contents in medical school curricula in Hungary. My main focus was on the sensitization of future medical personnel for communication and cooperation with the Roma minority in the interest of better access for them to quality health care services. In the light of my original project plans, there were no major changes in the implementation of my research for the second half of my fellowship.

During this period of time I realized the following activities:
I analyzed health care policies relevant to my research topic and collected data from medical school teachers and students through in depth interviews and focus group discussions. The aim of data collection was to reveal attitudes and the value system of teachers and students towards cross-cultural studies and the Roma; moreover, to gain insight the ‘culture’ of medical education in Hungary.
In order to have sufficient information on the international dimension of education policy for borrowing successful models from other countries I also attended a course. It took place between September and December, 2005 on international education policy studies hosted by Columbia University in New York. It was a distance course including a one-week seminar taking place in New York at the end of October.
In the upcoming months I continued collecting data and consulted several research materials, reports and surveys conducted on the given topic ; moreover, analyzed curricula of medical schools. I also conducted interviews with government officials in the areas of health care and Roma inclusion. As soon as I finished data collection, I analyzed the given data then I evaluated my findings. After the evaluation process I finished my policy paper and research paper and published them on my website for dissemination.
As for further advocating my findings, during the second part of my fellowship I remained in continuos contact with and informed on my results the monitoring body and director of the Roma Integration Directorate of the Government Office for Equal Opportunities in Hungary, representatives of the Public Health Program of the Hungarian Soros Foundation, experts of the National Institute of Public Health, Roma and non-Roma NGOs operating in health care, Roma self-governments throughout the country and teachers at medical schools.   
I plan to publish my research and policy study in a booklet for the above mentioned target group and will distribute it among such professional audiences.

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