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Establishing a new medical school: A contemporary approach to personalizing medical education


Hays, R, Establishing a new medical school: A contemporary approach to personalizing medical education, Medical Teacher, 40, (10) pp. 990-995. ISSN 0142-159X (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/0142159X.2018.1487048


Objective: To borrow a public health concept, there has been a global outbreak, perhaps a pandemic, of new medical schools during the last 20 years, resulting in a diverse range of programs in many different contexts. The question posed was: how should the task of establishing a new medical program be approached in 2018?

Methods: Based on involvement with several new medical programs, this paper presents a highly idealistic commentary on what a new medical program might look like. The paper adopts the organizational structure of the World Federation of Medical Education Basic Medical Education standards as a scaffold, because accreditation both locally and globally is intended.

Results: The program design reflects both progress in learning technology and the challenges faced in a changing world, where disruption appears inevitable, and innovation may be necessary to produce the medical graduates needed to improve the health status of an expanding, ageing and ailing global population.

Conclusion: The program model described represents a combination of educational design, emerging technology and a focus on future health care needs.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:medical education, personalised learning, learning technology
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander public health and wellbeing
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Allied health therapies (excl. mental health services)
UTAS Author:Hays, R (Professor Richard Hays)
ID Code:129439
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Rural Clinical School
Deposited On:2018-11-29
Last Modified:2019-01-23

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