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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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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

  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  32. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  33. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  34. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  35. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  36. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  37. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  38. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  39. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  40. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  41. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  42. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  43. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  44. 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

    Content type: Research article

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Annual Journal Metrics

  • Speed
    92 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only
    62 days to first decision for all manuscripts
    201 days from submission to acceptance
    15 days from acceptance to publication

    Citation Impact
    2.463 - 2-year Impact Factor
    3.070 - 5-year Impact Factor
    1.651 - Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)
    0.809 - SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)

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