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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. The intraosseous (IO) access is an alternative route for vascular access when peripheral intravascular catheterization cannot be obtained. In Denmark the IO access is reported as infrequently trained and used....

    Authors: Monika Afzali, Ask Daffy Kvisselgaard, Tobias Stenbjerg Lyngeraa and Sandra Viggers

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:50

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Simulation-based medical education (SBME) has traditionally been conducted as off-site simulation in simulation centres. Some hospital departments also provide off-site simulation using in-house training room(...

    Authors: Jette Led Sørensen, Doris Østergaard, Vicki LeBlanc, Bent Ottesen, Lars Konge, Peter Dieckmann and Cees Van der Vleuten

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:20

    Content type: Debate

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  3. Interprofessional education (IPE) is an emerging concept in the Middle East with a number of health professional degree programs continually striving to meet international accreditation requirements to enhance...

    Authors: Alla El-Awaisi, Kyle John Wilby, Kerry Wilbur, Maguy Saffouh El Hajj, Ahmed Awaisu and Bridget Paravattil

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:15

    Content type: Research article

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  4. We developed two objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) to educate and evaluate trainees in the evaluation and management of shoulder and knee pain. Our objective was to examine the evidence for va...

    Authors: Michael J. Battistone, Andrea M. Barker, J. Peter Beck, Robert Z. Tashjian and Grant W. Cannon

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:13

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Social pediatrics teaches pediatric residents how to understand disease within their patients’ social, environmental and political contexts. It’s an essential component of pediatric residency training; however...

    Authors: Meta van den Heuvel, Maria Athina Tina Martimianakis, Rebecca Levy, Adelle Atkinson, Elizabeth Ford-Jones and Michelle Shouldice

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:12

    Content type: Research article

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  6. In higher education, the focus has shifted from the acquisition of knowledge to learning objectives and skills. This means that, the majority of student learning time is spent independently working outside the...

    Authors: J. Barbosa, A. Silva, M. A. Ferreira and M. Severo

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:9

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Residents are commonly involved in establishing goals of care for hospitalized patients. While education can improve the quality of these conversations, whether and how postgraduate training programs integrate...

    Authors: Amanda Roze des Ordons, Aliya Kassam and Jessica Simon

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:6

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Clerkship provides a unique way of transferring the knowledge and skills gathered during medical school’s curriculum into real-ward clinical care environment. The annual program evaluation has indicated that t...

    Authors: Ling-Yu Yang, Chia-Chang Huang, Hui-Chi Hsu, Ying-Ying Yang, Ching-Chi Chang, Chiao-Lin Chuang, Wei-Shin Lee, Jen-Feng Liang, Hao Min Cheng, Chin-Chou Huang, Fa-Yauh Lee, Shung-Tai Ho and Ralph Kirby

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:2

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Medical educators, residents and administrators have increasing access to a large quantity of electronic resources. This content can augment and improve our teaching methods but can be difficult to consolidate...

    Authors: Nicholas R. Mahoney, Michael V. Boland, Pradeep Y. Ramulu and Divya Srikumaran

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:307

    Content type: Correspondence

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  10. Over recent years there has been an increase in teaching of both palliative care and reflective practice in UK medical schools. The palliative care teaching at the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Me...

    Authors: Erica Borgstrom, Rachel Morris, Diana Wood, Simon Cohn and Stephen Barclay

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:306

    Content type: Correspondence

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  11. In times of increasing global challenges to health, it is crucial to create a workforce capable of tackling these complex issues. Even though a lack of GHE in Germany is perceived by multiple stakeholders, no ...

    Authors: Ioannis Kaffes, Fabian Moser, Miriam Pham, Aenne Oetjen and Maya Fehling

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:304

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Failures of teamwork and interpersonal communication have been cited as a major patient safety issue. Although healthcare is increasingly being provided in interdisciplinary teams, medical school curricula hav...

    Authors: Arna Banerjee, Jason M. Slagle, Nathaniel D. Mercaldo, Ray Booker, Anne Miller, Daniel J. France, Lisa Rawn and Matthew B. Weinger

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:295

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Recent calls for reform in healthcare training emphasize using competency-based curricula and information technology-empowered learning. Continuing Medical Education programs are essential in maintaining physi...

    Authors: Robert Battat, Marc Jhonson, Lorne Wiseblatt, Cruff Renard, Laura Habib, Manouchka Normil, Brian Remillard, Timothy F. Brewer and Galit Sacajiu

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:275

    Content type: Correspondence

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  14. Trained medical interpreters are instrumental to patient satisfaction and quality of care. They are especially important in student-run clinics, where many patients have limited English proficiency. Because st...

    Authors: Jennifer E. L. Diaz, Nydia Ekasumara, Nikhil R. Menon, Edwin Homan, Prashanth Rajarajan, Andrés Ramírez Zamudio, Annie J. Kim, Jason Gruener, Edward Poliandro, David C. Thomas, Yasmin S. Meah and Rainier P. Soriano

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:256

    Content type: Research article

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  15. Gender bias within medical education is gaining increasing attention. However, valid and reliable measures are needed to adequately address and monitor this issue. This research conducts a psychometric evaluat...

    Authors: Rhiannon B. Parker, Philip D. Parker, Theresa Larkin and Jon Cockburn

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:251

    Content type: Research article

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  16. Training to be a doctor and caring for patients are recognized as being stressful and demanding. The wellbeing of healthcare professionals impacts upon the wellbeing and care of patients. Schwartz Centre Round...

    Authors: Faye Gishen, Sophia Whitman, Deborah Gill, Rhiannon Barker and Steven Walker

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:246

    Content type: Research article

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  17. Empathy is a key aspect of the physician-patient interactions. The Jefferson Scale of Empathy (JSE) is one of the most used empathy measures of medical students. The development of cross-cultural empathy studi...

    Authors: Alexandra Ferreira-Valente, Patrício Costa, Marta Elorduy, Montserrat Virumbrales, Manuel J. Costa and Jorge Palés

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:242

    Content type: Research article

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  18. Residency programs have utilized Individualized Learning Plans (ILPs) to customize resident education while undergraduate medical education has not done so in a meaningful way. We discuss the use of ILPs withi...

    Authors: Maribeth B. Chitkara, Daniel Satnick, Wei-Hsin Lu, Howard Fleit, Roderick A. Go and Latha Chandran

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:232

    Content type: Research article

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  19. The establishment of the ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) is one of the pillars of the European Space of Higher Education. This way of accounting for the time spent in training has two essential parts, c...

    Authors: Javier Ferrer-Torregrosa, Miguel Ángel Jiménez-Rodríguez, Javier Torralba-Estelles, Fernanda Garzón-Farinós, Marcelo Pérez-Bermejo and Nadia Fernández-Ehrling

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:230

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Nowadays, many medical schools include training in disaster medicine in undergraduate studies. This study evaluated the efficacy of a disaster medicine curriculum recently designed for Saudi Arabian medical st...

    Authors: Nidaa Bajow, Ahmadreza Djalali, Pier Luigi Ingrassia, Luca Ragazzoni, Hussein Ageely, Ibrahim Bani and Francesco Della Corte

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:225

    Content type: Research article

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  21. The School of Medicine (SoM) is one among five at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS). It currently houses eight undergraduate and many post-graduate programmes. The Doctor of Medicine (...

    Authors: Amos Rodger Mwakigonja

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:223

    Content type: Research article

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  22. Despite demonstrated benefits of continuity of care, longitudinal care experiences are difficult to provide to medical students. A series of standardized patient encounters was developed as an innovative curri...

    Authors: Bonnie M. Vest, Abigail Lynch, Denise McGuigan, Timothy Servoss, Karen Zinnerstrom and Andrew B. Symons

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:208

    Content type: Research article

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  23. The World Health Organization calls for stronger cross-cultural emphasis in medical training. Bioethics education can build such competencies as it involves the conscious exploration and application of values ...

    Authors: Rebecca A. Greenberg, Celine Kim, Helen Stolte, Jonathan Hellmann, Randi Zlotnik Shaul, Rahim Valani and Dennis Scolnik

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:193

    Content type: Research article

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  24. Healthcare is generally provided by various health professionals acting together. Unfortunately, poor communication and collaboration within such healthcare teams often prevent its members from actively engagi...

    Authors: Endang Lestari, Renée E. Stalmeijer, Doni Widyandana and Albert Scherpbier

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:179

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Resident duty hours have recently been under criticism, with concerns for resident and patient well-being. Historically, call shifts have been long, and some residency training programs have now restricted shi...

    Authors: Andrew Moeller, Jordan Webber and Ian Epstein

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:175

    Content type: Research article

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  26. Modernised medical curricula in Germany (so called “reformed study programs”) rely increasingly on alternative self-instructed learning forms such as e-learning and curriculum-guided self-study. However, there...

    Authors: Arne Peine, Klaus Kabino and Cord Spreckelsen

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:158

    Content type: Research article

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Medical Education 2016 16:265

  27. Training bodies see teaching by junior doctors and vocational trainees in general practice (family medicine) as integral to a doctor’s role. While there is a body of literature on teacher training programs, an...

    Authors: Thea F. van de Mortel, Peter L. Silberberg, Christine M. Ahern and Sabrina W. Pit

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:143

    Content type: Research article

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  28. Most people want to die at home but only half do. Supporting patients in rural locations is challenging. Video calls such as Skype, might help but are not routinely used; we should consider learning needs to i...

    Authors: Sarah Statton, Ray Jones, Martin Thomas, Tracie North, Ruth Endacott, Adrian Frost, Dazzle Tighe and Gail Wilson

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:140

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Heterogeneous basic science knowledge of medical students is an important challenge for medical education. In this study, the authors aimed at exploring the value and role of integrated supportive science (ISS...

    Authors: Sophie Eisenbarth, Thomas Tilling, Eva Lueerss, Jelka Meyer, Susanne Sehner, Andreas H. Guse and Jennifer Guse (nee Kurré)

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:132

    Content type: Research article

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  30. Many national outcome frameworks (OF) call for a sound scholarship education and scholarly behaviour of physicians. Educators however are known to interpret the scholar role in markedly different ways and at l...

    Authors: Stefanie C. Hautz, Wolf E. Hautz, Markus A. Feufel and Claudia D. Spies

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:119

    Content type: Research article

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  31. A primary barrier to the implementation of evidence based practice (EBP) in physical therapy is therapists’ limited ability to understand and interpret statistics. Physical therapists demonstrate limited skill...

    Authors: Julie K. Tilson, Katie Marshall, Jodi J. Tam and Linda Fetters

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:118

    Content type: Research article

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  32. Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) are increasingly used as a focus for assessment in graduate medical education (GME). However, a consistent approach to guide EPA design is currently lacking, in parti...

    Authors: James Kwan, Roslyn Crampton, Lise L. Mogensen, Roslyn Weaver, Cees P. M. van der Vleuten and Wendy C. Y. Hu

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:117

    Content type: Research article

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  33. Improving the knowledge and competencies of healthcare professionals is crucial to better address the specific needs of persons living in poverty and avoid stigmatization. This study aimed to explore the needs...

    Authors: Catherine Hudon, Christine Loignon, Cristina Grabovschi, Paula Bush, Mireille Lambert, Émilie Goulet, Sophie Boyer, Marianne De Laat and Nathalie Fournier

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:106

    Content type: Research article

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  34. There is a high burden of unmet health needs for people with intellectual disability. Despite experiencing significantly higher rates of morbidity and mortality compared with the general population, this group...

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

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:105

    Content type: Research article

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Medical Education 2016 16:260

  35. Innovation and change in postgraduate medical education programs affects teaching hospital organizations, since medical education and clinical service are interrelated.

    Authors: Tiuri R. van Rossum, Fedde Scheele, Albert J. J. A. Scherpbier, Henk E. Sluiter and Ide C. Heyligers

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:104

    Content type: Debate

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  36. Professionalism defines the relationship between colleagues, patients and the society as a whole. Furthermore, being a social construct, professionalism is sophisticated to be regarded simply as a single conce...

    Authors: Daniel Kinyuru Ojuka, Joyce M. Olenja, Nimrod J. Mwango’mbe, Eunbae B. Yang and Jana B. Macleod

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:101

    Content type: Research article

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  37. To present learning outcomes in clinical communication for a Core Curriculum for medical undergraduate students in Latin America, Portugal and Spain (LAPS-CCC) and to establish an expert network to support a t...

    Authors: Cristina García de Leonardo, Roger Ruiz-Moral, Fernando Caballero, Afonso Cavaco, Philippa Moore, Lila Paula Dupuy, Antonio Pithon-Cyrino, Mª Teresa Cortés, Marilen Gorostegui, Elizabete Loureiro, Josep Mª Bosch Fontcuberta, Luis Casasbuenas Duarte, Lara Kretzer, Emilia Arrighi and Albert Jovell

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:99

    Content type: Research article

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  38. Evidence suggests that junior doctors lack the confidence and skills to manage acute/inpatient diabetes. We investigated the impact of the introduction of a “Diabetes Acute Care Day” on undergraduate medical s...

    Authors: A. W. MacEwen, D. M. Carty, A McConnachie, G. A. McKay and J. G. Boyle

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:88

    Content type: Research article

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  39. There is little research on large-scale complex health care simulations designed to facilitate student learning of non-technical skills in a team-working environment. We evaluated the acceptability and effecti...

    Authors: Christine Jorm, Chris Roberts, Renee Lim, Josephine Roper, Clare Skinner, Jeremy Robertson, Stacey Gentilcore and Adam Osomanski

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:83

    Content type: Research article

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  40. Health care professionals are expected to build decisions upon evidence. This implies decisions based on the best available, current, valid and relevant evidence, informed by clinical expertise and patient val...

    Authors: Grete Oline Hole, Sissel Johansson Brenna, Birgitte Graverholt, Donna Ciliska and Monica Wammen Nortvedt

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:71

    Content type: Research article

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  41. Neurogenic dysphagia is one of the most frequent and prognostically relevant neurological deficits in a variety of disorders, such as stroke, parkinsonism and advanced neuromuscular diseases. Flexible endoscop...

    Authors: Rainer Dziewas, Jörg Glahn, Christine Helfer, Guntram Ickenstein, Jochen Keller, Christian Ledl, Beate Lindner-Pfleghar, Darius G. Nabavi, Mario Prosiegel, Axel Riecker, Sriramya Lapa, Sönke Stanschus, Tobias Warnecke and Otto Busse

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:70

    Content type: Debate

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  42. This study aims to map the learned curriculum based on students’ feedback regarding the biomedical literature evaluation competencies in a pharmacy curriculum, to evaluate teaching methods and to report studen...

    Authors: Soumana C. Nasser, Aline Hanna Saad and Lamis R. Karaoui

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:59

    Content type: Research article

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  43. Prognosis is a critical consideration in caring for older adults with multiple chronic conditions, or “multimorbidity”. Clinicians are not adequately trained in this area. We describe an innovative curriculum ...

    Authors: Nancy L. Schoenborn, Cynthia Boyd, Danelle Cayea, Kelly Nakamura, Qian-Li Xue, Anushree Ray and Matthew McNabney

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2015 15:215

    Content type: Research article

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  44. Pharmacy education and pharmacy practice are facing remarkable changes following new scientific discoveries, evolving patient needs and the requirements of advanced pharmacy competency for practices. Many coun...

    Authors: Teeraporn Chanakit, Bee Yean Low, Payom Wongpoowarak, Summana Moolasarn and Claire Anderson

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2015 15:205

    Content type: Research article

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  45. Inter-professional teamwork is key for patient safety and team training is an effective strategy to improve patient outcome. In-situ simulation is a relatively new strategy with emerging efficacy, but best pra...

    Authors: Katja Zimmermann, Iris Bachmann Holzinger, Lorena Ganassi, Peter Esslinger, Sina Pilgrim, Meredith Allen, Margarita Burmester and Martin Stocker

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2015 15:189

    Content type: Research article

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  46. Although the General Medical Council recommends that United Kingdom medical students are taught ‘whole person medicine’, spiritual care is variably recognised within the curriculum. Data on teaching delivery a...

    Authors: Mark T. Harbinson and David Bell

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2015 15:96

    Content type: Research article

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  47. Pathology is a discipline that provides the basis of the understanding of disease in medicine. The past decades have seen a decline in the emphasis laid on pathology teaching in medical schools and outdated pa...

    Authors: Florian E. M. Herrmann, Markus Lenski, Julius Steffen, Magdalena Kailuweit, Marc Nikolaus, Rajasekaran Koteeswaran, Andreas Sailer, Anna Hanszke, Maximilian Wintergerst, Sissi Dittmer, Doris Mayr, Orsolya Genzel-Boroviczény, Diann S. Eley and Martin R. Fischer

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2015 15:94

    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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