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How to review a medical curriculum


Hays, RB, How to review a medical curriculum, The Asia Pacific Scholar, 1, (1) pp. 25-28. ISSN 2424-9270 (2016) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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A curriculum is an important component of a medical program because it is the source of information that learners, teachers and external stakeholders use to understand what learners will experience on their journey to recognition as a medical graduate. While many focus on and debate the content of a medical curriculum, with some suggestions that there should be national curricula for each jurisdiction or even a global curriculum for all medical programs, the curriculum content is only one factor to consider when designing, revising or accrediting a curriculum. Just as important are the alignment with the program’s mission and health workforce needs, the presence of agreed graduate outcomes, the theoretical bases of the curriculum, the prior learning of commencing students, the curriculum implementation models, the assessment of student progress and program evaluation processes. This paper presents a framework for this more holistic approach to reviewing a curriculum, proposing triangulation of information from several sources – documents, websites, learners, teachers and employers – and considering several accreditation standards that impact on curriculum design and delivery.

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Item Type:Contribution to Refereed Journal
Keywords:medical education, curriculum, evaluation
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Health policy evaluation
UTAS Author:Hays, RB (Professor Richard Hays)
ID Code:109476
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2016-06-20
Last Modified:2016-06-21
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