Workshop suggests changes in medicine curricula
LAHORE, Sept 14: The basic and clinical
sciences' subjects should be included in the curriculum for the undergraduate
and medical students, medical educationists said on a workshop on
The workshop on Review of Medical Education was organised by
the University of Health Sciences (UHS).
The participants said the
faculties of basic, para clinical and clinical sciences, while preparing the
curriculum, should consider that the undergraduate education was to produce a
general medical practitioner and not a subject specialist. UHS vice chancellor
Prof Hussain Mubashar inaugurated the workshop and said the basic sciences'
teaching should be relevant to the medical course and clear to the students.
He said the courses should illustrate principles for understanding the
human health and diseases. He said qualified teachers should teach basic
sciences and use combined teaching sessions on clinical problems. "It helps
enforce basic concepts and highlights the basic sciences' relevance to clinical
practice," he added.
The VC said the teaching methodology should be
changed. The Community Oriented Medical Education (COME), the Problem-based
Learning (PBL) and the Evidence-based Medical (EBM) should be added to the
existing teaching and learning techniques, he added.
Mubashar also called
for involving students in the curriculum development.
He said the UHS had
revised the curricula of various programmes and all examination from 2007
onwards would consist of multiple choices and short essay questions. Daily Times
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