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Curriculum development

This section considers manuscripts that investigate what material should be covered in medical school curricula and how the material should be developed as students progress through their education.

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  1. Content type: Debate

    The medical education system based on principles advocated by Flexner and Osler has produced generations of scientifically grounded and clinically skilled physicians whose collective experiences and contributi...

    Authors: L. Maximilian Buja

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:110

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Many foreign students have difficulty taking histories from Chinese patients, especially in clinical context of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. The efficacy of using standardized patients to prep...

    Authors: Jing Zhang, Meng Cheng, Na Guo, Aiyun Xing and Liangzhi Xu

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:108

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Design thinking is a problem-solving framework that has been used to enhance patient experiences, improve clinical outcomes, and refine medical curricula. This study reviewed the use of design thinking in heal...

    Authors: Jacqueline E. McLaughlin, Michael D. Wolcott, Devin Hubbard, Kelly Umstead and Traci R. Rider

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:98

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Dual degree program MD/PhD candidates typically train extensively in basic science research and in clinical medicine, but often receive little formal experience or mentorship in clinical and translational rese...

    Authors: Jonathan A. Stefely, Erin Theisen, Chelsea Hanewall, Linda Scholl, Mark E. Burkard, Anna Huttenlocher and John-Paul J. Yu

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:89

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Few studies exist regarding the perception of medical students toward older adults’ wishes during their end-of-life period. Better understanding of students’ perceptions regarding this topic could help improve...

    Authors: Panita Limpawattana, Varalak Srinonprasert, Manchumad Manjavong, Srivieng Pairojkul, Jarin Chindaprasirt, Sawadee Kaiyakit, Thitikorn Juntararuangtong, Kongpob Yongrattanakit and Thunchanok Kuichanuan

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:78

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Traditional medical education in much of the world has historically relied on passive learning. Although active learning has been in the medical education literature for decades, its incorporation into practic...

    Authors: Stephen Mehanni, Lena Wong, Bibhav Acharya, Pawan Agrawal, Anu Aryal, Madhur Basnet, David Citrin, Binod Dangal, Grace Deukmedjian, Santosh Kumar Dhungana, Bikash Gauchan, Tula Krishna Gupta, Scott Halliday, S. P. Kalaunee, Uday Kshatriya, Anirudh Kumar…

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:61

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Frontline healthcare workers are critical to meeting the maternal, newborn and child health Sustainable Development Goals in low- and middle-income countries. The World Health Organization has identified leade...

    Authors: Erin Pfeiffer, Medge Owen, Christie Pettitt-Schieber, Romeck Van Zeijl, Emmanuel Srofenyoh, Adeyemi Olufolabi and Rohit Ramaswamy

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:52

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  8. Content type: Research article

    There are currently training gaps, primarily procedural and teamwork skills, for pediatric emergency medicine (PEM) fellows. Simulation-based learning (SBL) has been suggested as an educational modality to hel...

    Authors: Justin M. Jeffers and Shannon Poling

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:22

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Europe is becoming more social and cultural diverse as a result of the increasing migration, but the medical doctors are largely unprepared. The medical education programmes and teachers have not evolved in li...

    Authors: Janne Sorensen, Marie Norredam, Jeanine Suurmond, Olivia Carter-Pokras, Manuel Garcia-Ramirez and Allan Krasnik

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:21

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Advances in genetics and genomics require that healthcare professionals manage and incorporate new technologies into the appropriate clinical practice. The aim of this study was to identify core competencies i...

    Authors: Alessia Tognetto, Maria Benedetta Michelazzo, Walter Ricciardi, Antonio Federici and Stefania Boccia

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:19

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  11. Content type: Research article

    An integrated curriculum is designed to be repetitive yet progressive and the concept has rapidly established itself within medical education. National organizations have recommended a shift to a spiral curric...

    Authors: Sarah Fraser, Alexander D. Wright, Paul van Donkelaar and Jonathan D. Smirl

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:17

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Increasingly, non-English speaking countries use English as the medium of instruction (EMI) to teach academic subjects. This study investigated the challenges and adaptation strategies of teachers and students...

    Authors: Miao Yang, Patricia S. O’Sullivan, David M. Irby, Zexin Chen, Chun Lin and Changmin Lin

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:15

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Integrated care unites funding, administrative, organisational, service delivery and clinical levels to create connectivity, alignment and collaboration within and between care delivery and prevention sectors....

    Authors: Ann Griffin, Laura Knight, Alex McKeown, Charlotte Cliffe, Arun Arora and Paul Crampton

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:8

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Point-of-care-ultrasound (POCUS) training is expanding in undergraduate and graduate medical education, but lack of trained faculty is a major barrier. Two strategies that may help mitigate this obstacle are i...

    Authors: Christopher J. Smith, Tabatha Matthias, Elizabeth Beam, Kathryn Wampler, Lea Pounds, Devin Nickol, Kristy Carlson and Kimberly Michael

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:321

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Including content on Indigenous health in medical school curricula has become a widely-acknowledged prerequisite to reducing the health disparities experienced by Indigenous peoples in Canada. However, little ...

    Authors: Sharon Yeung, Amy Bombay, Chad Walker, Jeff Denis, Debbie Martin, Paul Sylvestre and Heather Castleden

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:307

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Tobacco prevention research traditionally focuses upon cigarette smoking, but there is also a need to implement and evaluate the usefulness of waterpipe tobacco smoking (WTS) interventions since it is consider...

    Authors: Randah Ribhi Hamadeh, Jamil Ahmed, Ghufran Ahmed Jassim, Sayed Mahmood Alqallaf and Khaldoon Al-Roomi

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:300

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Curriculum design and specific topic selection for on-site practical courses in clinical disciplines with limited teaching time is challenging. An electronic learning supported curriculum based on the flipped ...

    Authors: Tobias Dombrowski, Christian Wrobel, Stefan Dazert and Stefan Volkenstein

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:294

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Lack of sufficient preparation of physicians for the provision of breastfeeding support and counselling has been well-documented. The development of training in breastfeeding medicine for medical students is c...

    Authors: Fouzia Al-Hreashy, Hanan Al-Kadri, Abduelah Al-Mobeirek and Albert Scherpbier

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:232

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Significant gaps currently exist in the Canadian internal medicine point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) curriculum. From a learner’s perspective, it remains unknown what key POCUS skills should be prioritized. Thi...

    Authors: Kathryn Watson, Ada Lam, Shane Arishenkoff, Samantha Halman, Neil E. Gibson, Jeffrey Yu, Kathryn Myers, Marcy Mintz and Irene W. Y. Ma

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:217

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Introducing patient safety and quality improvement science to medical students is integral to improving healthcare. However, developing and implementing a patient safety curriculum can be challenging in a medi...

    Authors: R. Kutaimy, L. Zhang, D. Blok, R. Kelly, N. Kovacevic, M. Levoska, R. Gadivemula and D. Levine

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:215

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  21. Content type: Research article

    The 1995 Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) guidelines stated that providers may only use the review of systems and past medical, family, social history in student documentation for billing purposes; ...

    Authors: Wirachin Hoonpongsimanont, Irene Velarde, Christopher Gilani, Michael Louthan and Shahram Lotfipour

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:203

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Few studies have compared the effectiveness of brief training courses on point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) skill acquisition of novice attending physicians vs. trainees. The purpose of this study was to evaluat...

    Authors: Toru Yamada, Taro Minami, Nilam J. Soni, Eiji Hiraoka, Hiromizu Takahashi, Tomoya Okubo and Juichi Sato

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:202

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Few global health experiences include intentionally-directed interprofessional training. We aim to prospectively evaluate the impact of a global health elective in facilitating interprofessional education (IPE...

    Authors: James S. Leathers, Heather Davidson and Neerav Desai

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:200

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Nursing students’ empathy and positive attitudes toward elderly people could help provide improved elderly care in their future practice. This study aimed to investigate the effects of empathy skills training ...

    Authors: Sakineh Gholamzadeh, Maryam Khastavaneh, Zahra Khademian and Soraya Ghadakpour

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:198

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Every curriculum needs to be reviewed, implemented and evaluated; it must also comply with the regulatory standards. This report demonstrates the value of curriculum mapping (CM), which shows the spatial relat...

    Authors: Ghaith Al-Eyd, Francis Achike, Mukesh Agarwal, Hani Atamna, Dhammika N. Atapattu, Lony Castro, John Estrada, Rajunor Ettarh, Sherif Hassan, Shaheen E. Lakhan, Fauzia Nausheen, Tsugio Seki, Matthew Stegeman, Robert Suskind, Anvar Velji, Mohsin Yakub…

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:185

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Individuals with intellectual disability experience higher rates of physical and mental health conditions compared with the general population, yet have inequitable access to health care services. Improving th...

    Authors: Julian N. Trollor, Claire Eagleson, Beth Turner, Jane Tracy, Jennifer J. Torr, Seeta Durvasula, Teresa Iacono, Rachael C. Cvejic and Nicolas Lennox

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:182

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  27. Content type: Research article

    The transition from medical student to junior doctor is one of the most challenging in medicine, affecting both doctor and patient health. Opportunities to support this transition have arisen from advances in ...

    Authors: John E. A. Shenouda, Bethany S. Davies and Inam Haq

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:175

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Doctors and medical students have a professional responsibility to raise concerns. Failure to raise concerns may compromise patient safety. It is widely known that medical students frequently encounter unprofe...

    Authors: Luke Johnson, Natasha Malik, Irene Gafson, Naomi Gostelow, Jayne Kavanagh, Ann Griffin and Faye Gishen

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:171

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  29. Content type: Software

    We report the development and evaluation of a web-based tool designed to facilitate student extra-curricular engagement in medical research through project matching students with academic supervisors.

    Authors: Timothy M. Rawson, Prasanthi Sivakumaran, Rhannon Lobo, Gheed Mahir, Adam Rossiter, Jeremy Levy, Alison H. McGregor, Martin Lupton, Graham Easton and Dipender Gill

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:166

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Clubfoot is a common congenital musculoskeletal disorder that causes mobility impairment. There is a lack of trained mid-level personnel to provide clubfoot treatment in Africa and there is no standard trainin...

    Authors: Tracey Smythe, Grace Le, Rosalind Owen, Birhanu Ayana, Linda Hansen and Christopher Lavy

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:163

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Physical inactivity is a global public health challenge. Physical activity (PA) promotion in healthcare delivery systems is effective to reduce physical inactivity. A primary care setting provides an appropria...

    Authors: Apichai Wattanapisit, Titiporn Tuangratananon and Sanhapan Thanamee

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:159

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Biostatistics is a key but challenging subject in medical curricula that is usually delivered via a didactic approach in China. However, whether it is the best teaching approach to improve the learner’s compet...

    Authors: Chen Li, Ling Wang, Yuhai Zhang, Chanjuan Li, Yongyong Xu, Lei Shang and Jielai Xia

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:144

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Humanistic care in medicine has shown to improve healthcare outcomes. Language barriers are a significant obstacle to humanistic care, and trained medical interpreters have demonstrated to effectively bridge t...

    Authors: Alvaro F. Vargas Pelaez, Sarah I. Ramirez, Chavely Valdes Sanchez, Shady Piedra Abusharar, Jose C. Romeu, Connor Carmichael, Soraya Bascoy, Rose Baron, Ariana Pichardo-Lowden, Nathalia Albarracin, Claire C. Jones and Patricia Silveyra

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:141

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Human trafficking is a serious violation of human rights, with numerous consequences for health and wellbeing. Recent law and policy reforms mean that clinicians now hold a crucial role in national strategies....

    Authors: Poojani Arulrajah and Sarah Steele

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:137

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  35. Content type: Research article

    The German quality assurance programme for evaluating work capacity is based on peer review that evaluates the quality of medical experts’ reports. Low reliability is thought to be due to systematic difference...

    Authors: André Strahl, Christian Gerlich, Georg W. Alpers, Katja Ehrmann, Jörg Gehrke, Annette Müller-Garnn and Heiner Vogel

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:135

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Four university medical training institutions in Uganda have trained students at off-site health facilities under community-based education and Research Service (COBERS) programme for over 5 years. One of the ...

    Authors: James Henry Obol, Peter Akera, Pamela Atim Ochola, Wilfred Arubaku, Hussein Oria, Kenneth Luryama Moi, Denis Anywar Arony and Kaducu Felix

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:131

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  37. Content type: Research article

    The past decade has witnessed an upsurge in medical curriculum partnerships established across national boundaries to offer students at the foreign institution (host) a learning experience comparable to that o...

    Authors: Dominique Waterval, Janneke M. Frambach, Stephen M. Scott, Erik W. Driessen and Albert J. J. A. Scherpbier

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:129

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  38. Content type: Research article

    We conducted a prospective validation study to develop a physician assistant (PA) clinical rotation evaluation (PACRE) instrument. The specific aims of this study were to 1) develop a tool to evaluate PA clini...

    Authors: Ryan A. Meverden, Jason H. Szostek, Saswati Mahapatra, Cathy D. Schleck, Jayawant N. Mandrekar, Thomas J. Beckman and Christopher M. Wittich

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:123

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Abortion has been decriminalized in Canada since 1988 and is considered an essential medical service. There is concern that decreasing numbers of abortion providers may impair access to abortion. This study ex...

    Authors: Daniel T. Myran, Jillian Bardsley, Tania El Hindi and Kristine Whitehead

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:121

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  40. Content type: Research article

    In 2012, 12 medical schools were opened in Ethiopia to tackle the significant shortage of doctors. This included Aksum School of Medicine situated in Aksum, a rural town in Northern Ethiopia. The new Innovativ...

    Authors: C. Morgan, M. Teshome, T. Crocker-Buque, R. Bhudia and K. Singh

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:119

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Public health improvement has long been an important focus for the United Kingdom Department of Health. The Allied Health Professions (AHP) Federation has 84,000 members, such a large number of AHP professiona...

    Authors: Sionnadh McLean, Laura Charlesworth, Stephen May and Nick Pollard

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:114

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2017 Journal Metrics

  • Citation Impact
    1.511 - 2-year Impact Factor
    1.938 - 5-year Impact Factor
    1.169 - Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)
    0.765 - SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)


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