"Free medical education" - how free is free?

Free for personal benefit

It is not too far to find the concept of free merchandise, including medical training or practice questions for free on the internet and via other marketting methods. It is often catchy in the sense that once you start getting down to business, then you are requested to pay for "premium" services. It then remains one's choice at that point to continue with the free service or to shop around for another free service. Free searches has been the quest of many people. With the exception of a few, almost everyone likes free giveaways! But is free medical education available? Is it really free and it comes at no cost to any person at all?


I had a personal encounter about free stuff on internet. It was to try some multiple choice questions in readiness for some professional examination. I enjoyed free access for a couple of weeks. The free subscription was as good as it could be. When I started discussing with my colleagues who were preparing for the same examination, and who had access to premium materials, no one needed to preach to me to spend some money for quality materials that would see me soar up in the preparation. The premium versions had upgraded features that "free" subscription lacked.


Well, even the free education is not really free; as someone had actually spent time and resources to ensure that the materials are available to people. There are however, some exceptions to when it comes to putting a price to education. Peope can pay for what they value. However, there are times when what you value requires more than you can afford. Yet that value is needed for life to continue.


Above is the situation when it comes to healthcare and provision of medical education in developing countries. Developing countries are in dire need of professionals. Education is still based on practices that lack significant evidence base; or at best, based on evidence that existed several years behind. Due to low per capita status of many students, although they desire to perform at the level of their peers in the developed world, the stack reality is that funds limit their potentials. Heavy reliance on presumptuous diagnoses and or clinical diagnosis rather than evidential management of patients is the norm.


It is on the above background that worthy works limited was born. The passion to promote the health or peoples in developing countries by supporting medical education, using sound evidence based knowledge is our major aim. But as this movement is going "free" for now, it would not only remain free. A lot of resources have been sunk into this project. It is collaborative in approach; bringing academics from all over the world, as well as those resident in developing countries to build a formidable work force that will passionately produce healthy citizens of developing countries.


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