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Curriculum development

Section Edited by Marjo Wijnen-Meijer

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. Case-Based Learning (CBL) has seen widespread implementation in undergraduate education since the early 1920s. Ample data has shown CBL to be an enjoyable and motivational didactic tool, and effective in assis...

    Authors: Bela Turk, Sebastian Ertl, Guoruey Wong, Patricia P. Wadowski and Henriette Löffler-Stastka

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:447

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Healer’s Art (HA) is a voluntary course offered during medical school. The course aims to address the growing loss of meaning and commitment experienced by doctors through the exploration of compassion, empath...

    Authors: Chanakya Jaiswal, Katrina Anderson and Emily Haesler

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:443

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Debates have arisen in various non-English speaking countries over the chosen language of instruction in medical education, whether it has to be the English language or the mother tongue. English-based educati...

    Authors: Tamim Alsuliman, Lugien Alasadi, Angie Mouki and Bayan Alsaid

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:418

    Content type: Research article

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  4. During their training, Lebanese medical students develop a high medical expertise but are not focusing on other competencies such as communication, collaboration, erudition, professionalism, leadership and hea...

    Authors: Mabel Aoun, Ghassan Sleilaty, Simon Abou Jaoude, Dania Chelala and Ronald Moussa

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:399

    Content type: Research article

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  5. The purpose of this study was to characterize implicit gender bias among residents in US Emergency Medicine and OB/GYN residencies.

    Authors: Matt Hansen, Amanda Schoonover, Barbara Skarica, Tabria Harrod, Nathan Bahr and Jeanne-Marie Guise

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:396

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Adequate pain education of health professionals is fundamental in the management of pain. Although an interprofessional consensus of core competencies for health professional pre-licensure education in pain ha...

    Authors: Sonja K. Bareiss, Lucas Nare and Katie McBee

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:375

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Information and communications technology (ICT) has been suggested as an important tool for improving global health education and building research capacity in developing countries. However, the existing curri...

    Authors: Kaiyong Huang, Abu S. Abdullah, Zhenyu Ma, Dilshat S. Urmi, Huimin He, Lisa Quintiliani, Robert H. Friedman, Jun Yang and Li Yang

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:367

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Use of ultrasonography has revolutionized diagnosis of musculoskeletal disorders. Until now, few studies have investigated usefulness of a short-period workshop for musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSKUS) education...

    Authors: Wei-Ting Wu, Ke-Vin Chang, Der-Sheng Han and Levent Özçakar

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:362

    Content type: Research article

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  9. A curriculum is dynamic entity and hence, metaphorically, can be considered ‘alive’. Curricular diseases may impair its quality and hence its viability. The quality of a curriculum is typically assessed agains...

    Authors: Rehan Ahmed Khan, Annemarie Spruijt, Usman Mahboob and Jeroen J. G. van Merrienboer

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:336

    Content type: Research article

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  10. This study was conducted to examine gaps and opportunities for involvement of librarians in medical education and patient care as well as improve the teaching and assessment of Entrustable Professional Activit...

    Authors: Joey Nicholson, Judy M. Spak, Iris Kovar-Gough, Elizabeth R. Lorbeer and Nancy E. Adams

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:330

    Content type: Research article

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  11. The UN Refugee Agency has reported that an increasing number of people are being forcibly displaced worldwide. Despite this, global health issues, especially initiatives focusing on physical and psychological ...

    Authors: David Kindermann, Marie P. Jenne, Carolin Schmid, Kayvan Bozorgmehr, Katharina Wahedi, Florian Junne, Joachim Szecsenyi, Wolfgang Herzog and Christoph Nikendei

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:302

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Postgraduate medical e-learning (PGMeL) is being progressively used and evaluated. Its impact continues to grow, yet there are barriers to its implementation. Although more attention is now being paid to quali...

    Authors: Robert Adrianus de Leeuw, Daniel Nathan Logger, Michiel Westerman, Jochen Bretschneider, Marijn Plomp and Fedde Scheele

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:300

    Content type: Research article

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  13. As public health becomes increasingly central to the practice of medicine, educational efforts are necessary to prepare medical students to apply public health concepts in their care of patients. There are few...

    Authors: Sarah Godfrey, Katherine Nickerson, Jonathan Amiel and Benjamin Lebwohl

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:298

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Emergency Medicine (EM) is a rapidly developing specialty in Africa with several emergency medicine residency-training programs (EMRPs) established across the continent over the past decade. Despite rapid prol...

    Authors: Hendry R. Sawe, Abena Akomeah, Juma A. Mfinanga, Michael S. Runyon and Erin Noste

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:294

    Content type: Research article

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  15. Physical and psychological health problems are prevalent in older adults and rarely exist in isolation. Treating these problems in isolation is resourceful and can be potentially harmful to patients due to del...

    Authors: Carly Welch, Ayesha Bangash, Robert Wears, David Rice and Victor Aziz

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:283

    Content type: Research article

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  16. The aim of this study was to explore the perspectives of faculty members and academic administrators, at Qatar University College of Pharmacy, towards interprofessional education (IPE) and collaborative practi...

    Authors: Alla El-Awaisi, Sundari Joseph, Maguy Saffouh El Hajj and Lesley Diack

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:278

    Content type: Research article

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  17. Undergraduate students across health professions are required to be capable users of evidence in their clinical practice after graduation. Gaining the essential knowledge and clinical behaviors for evidence-ba...

    Authors: Mary-Anne Ramis, Anne Chang, Aaron Conway, David Lim, Judy Munday and Lisa Nissen

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:267

    Content type: Research article

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  18. Adequate clinical skills training is a challenge for present day medical education. Simulation Based Education (SBE) is playing an increasingly important role in healthcare education worldwide to teach invasiv...

    Authors: Gozie Offiah, Lenin P. Ekpotu, Siobhan Murphy, Daniel Kane, Alison Gordon, Muireann O’Sullivan, Sue Faye Sharifuddin, A. D. K. Hill and Claire M. Condron

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:263

    Content type: Research article

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  19. In 2010, coincident with the 100th anniversary of Flexner’s sentinel report, the Carnegie Foundation published an updated review of North American medical education and challenged medical schools to initiate f...

    Authors: Arnyce R. Pock, Steven J. Durning, William R. Gilliland and Louis N. Pangaro

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:260

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Community-based education (CBE) is strategically important to provide contextual learning for medical students. CBE is a priority for countries striving for better primary health care. However, the CBE literat...

    Authors: Mora Claramita, Elsa Pudji Setiawati, Tri Nur Kristina, Ova Emilia and Cees van der Vleuten

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:258

    Content type: Research article

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  21. Community-based education (CBE) involves educating the head (cognitive), heart (affective), and the hand (practical) by utilizing tools that enable us to broaden and interrogate our value systems. This article...

    Authors: Mpho S. Mogodi, Masego B. Kebaetse, Mmoloki C. Molwantwa, Detlef R. Prozesky and Dominic Griffiths

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:246

    Content type: Research article

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  22. This study, undertaken in Bangkok, Thailand, explored the extent to which paediatric residents in a non-Western setting experienced burnout and the potential association with factors in the medical educational...

    Authors: Pongtong Puranitee, Fred F. C. J. Stevens, Samart Pakakasama, Adisak Plitponkarnpim, Sakda Arj-Ong Vallibhakara, Jamiu O. Busari, Sylvia Heeneman and Walther N. K. A. van Mook

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:245

    Content type: Research article

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Medical Education 2019 19:296

  23. The implementation of competency-based intrinsic roles in undergraduate medical education remains a challenge. Faculties in transition need to be provided with generalizable curricular data in order to facilit...

    Authors: Jan Griewatz and Maria Lammerding-Koeppel

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:237

    Content type: Research article

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  24. Echocardiography is a frequently used imaging modality requiring extensive training to master. In order to develop curriculums and teaching material fully favouring students learning within echocardiography, t...

    Authors: Anna Dieden, Elisabeth Carlson and Petri Gudmundsson

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:212

    Content type: Research article

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  25. In peer-led tutorial courses, qualified medical students (“tutors”) provide their peers with opportunities to deepen their theoretical knowledge effectively and to practice clinical skills already in preclinic...

    Authors: Angelika Homberg, Jan Hundertmark, Jürgen Krause, Merle Brunnée, Boris Neumann and Svetla Loukanova

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:187

    Content type: Research article

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  26. The concept of e-Learning has been rapidly accepted as an important component of medical education and is especially adept at teaching clinical skills. However, their impact on learning, particularly in Otolar...

    Authors: Ronald Yoon-Kong Chin, Richard Tjahjono, Michael John Raymond Rutledge, Tim Lambert and Nathaniel Deboever

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:181

    Content type: Research article

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  27. As the global burden of chronic disease grows, and infectious disease threats loom large, the need for medical graduates with expertise in public health medicine (PHM) is growing. A recurrent challenge is inte...

    Authors: Colin Bell, Annie Simmons, Erik Martin, Candice McKenzie, Janet McLeod and Scott McCoombe

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:179

    Content type: Research article

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  28. Ultrasound is one of the most important imaging techniques in clinical medicine with unique advantages. Skills in ultrasound imaging are very usefull for physicians including novices and thus also mandated by ...

    Authors: Nora Celebi, Jan Griewatz, Nisar P. Malek, Sarah Krieg, Toni Kuehnl, Reinhold Muller, Jan Pauluschke-Fröhlich, Ines Debove, Reimer Riessen, Stephan Zipfel and Eckhart Fröhlich

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:170

    Content type: Research article

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  29. The Fuld Fellows Program provides selected pre-licensure nursing students with a foundation in the science of patient safety, quality improvement and leadership through coursework and a mentored experience wor...

    Authors: Kelly T. Gleason, Brigit VanGraafeiland, Yvonne Commodore-Mensah, Jo Walrath, Susan Immelt, Ellen Ray and Cheryl R. Dennison Himmelfarb

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:156

    Content type: Research article

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  30. Previous studies indicate that a teacher-centered context could hinder undergraduates from self-regulated learning (SRL), whereas a learner-centered context could promote SRL. However, SRL development between ...

    Authors: Yasushi Matsuyama, Motoyuki Nakaya, Hitoaki Okazaki, Adam Jon Lebowitz, Jimmie Leppink and Cees van der Vleuten

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:152

    Content type: Research article

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  31. Preparing a 21st century nursing workforce demands future-oriented curricula that address the population’s evolving health care needs. With their advanced clinical skill sets and broad scope of practice, Advanced...

    Authors: René Schwendimann, Katharina Fierz, Elisabeth Spichiger, Brenda Marcus and Sabina De Geest

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:135

    Content type: Commentary

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  32. Student bullying in clinical practice persists, and poor outcomes continue: for learning, academic achievement and career goals, for their mental and physical health and potentially affecting all staff and pat...

    Authors: Althea Gamble Blakey, Kelby Smith-Han, Lynley Anderson, Emma Collins, Elizabeth K. Berryman and Tim Wilkinson

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:116

    Content type: Research article

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  33. Scholarly Concentrations programs in U.S. medical schools aim to instill passion for critical thinking and promote careers in academic medicine. The rise of these programs has seen variable goals, structure, a...

    Authors: Stephen M. Sozio, Rümeyza Kazancıoğlu, Fatih Küçükdurmaz, Meliha Meriç Koç, Dilek Sema Arici, Rebecca M. DiBiase, Jeremy A. Greene and Mary Catherine Beach

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:115

    Content type: Research article

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  34. 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

    Content type: Debate

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  35. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  36. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  37. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  38. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  39. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  40. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  41. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  42. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  43. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  44. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  45. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  46. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  • Citation Impact
    1.870 - 2-year Impact Factor
    2.317 - 5-year Impact Factor
    1.358 - Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)
    0.802 - SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)

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