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The curriculum is dead! Long live the curriculum! Designing an undergraduate medicine and surgery curriculum for the future

The curriculum is dead! Long live the curriculum! Designing an undergraduate medicine and surgery curriculum for the future

Medical Teacher 34(7): 543-547

Where changing social circumstances demand reform of medicine, this in turn provokes new thinking in medical education. Curriculum changes, however, are often ill conceived, consisting of syllabus (content) modification, rather than careful consideration of fundamental principles and theory shaping a curriculum process initiative. The undergraduate medicine and surgery curriculum of the future must address some basic fault lines in current provision, such as medical culture's failure to democratise work practices ensuring patient safety. While acquiring a reputation as innovative and progressive, and after a decade of success with current provision, Peninsula Medical School (UK) has recognised the need to develop its curriculum for the future. Such a curriculum will be guided by best evidence from medical education to inform pedagogical practices and by sophisticated curriculum theory. Drawing on social learning pedagogies and curriculum reconceptualisation models for guidance, and incorporating evaluation of its current provision and published evaluations of other curricula (particularly Longitudinal Integrated models), fundamental principles were conceived to guide curriculum reform.

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DOI: 10.3109/0142159x.2012.678424

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