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The potential impact of the revision of the Basic World Federation Medical Education Standards


Hays, RB, The potential impact of the revision of the Basic World Federation Medical Education Standards, Medical Teacher, 36, (6) pp. 459-462. ISSN 0142-159X (2014) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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DOI: doi:10.3109/0142159X.2014.907881


BACKGROUND: The World Federation of Medical Education has released a revised version of their Basic Medical Education Standards. This paper compares the original and revised versions following an external review of a medical school based on the original version, and indicates potential implications of the changes for making judgements about the quality of medical education.

METHODS: A comparative analysis was conducted of the original and revised standards, producing a list of changes, through either "strengthened" or "new" standards or guidance for their interpretation. The potential impact of the changes on the writing of a report for this external review was then considered.

RESULTS: The revised standards have more specific requirements for curriculum design, clinical placements, research training and the support and participation of students. In order to meet the revised standards, medical schools may need to invest substantially in acquiring in-house medical education expertise and better prepared teaching and research staff.

CONCLUSION: The bar appears to have been raised substantially in the revised standards document. While individually the changes appear sound, the overall impact, particularly in the developing world, may be substantial.

Item Details

Item Type:Contribution to Refereed Journal
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:Evaluation of health outcomes
UTAS Author:Hays, RB (Professor Richard Hays)
ID Code:96394
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2014-11-04
Last Modified:2015-05-20

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