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The collaboration between the Bute Medical School, University of St Andrews, UK and the College of Medicine (COM) Blantyre, Malawi in the development of a new undergraduate medical curriculum for Malawi.

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Mwapatsa Mipando, Johnstone Kumwenda, Julie Struthers, Amanda Fleet, Simon Guild

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Abstract

St Andrews collaboration with College of Medicine (COM) is to assist the College with its ongoing curricular reform of the undergraduate medical programme. This is driven by the Malawian need to significantly increase the number of medical students in training. The Bute Medical School (BMS) has recently undergone a major curriculum review and redesign for similar reasons of capacity building and modernization and so is able to offer advice based on its own relevant experience This has resulted in the implementation of a new curriculum in Malawi in January 2009 where material is now delivered in integrated courses/modules and clinical relevance and context is provided from the start by a series of patient cases, guided study and clinical visits and lectures. Learning objectives are provided to allow the students to focus their learning appropriately. The students are presented with an introductory foundations phase preparing them for a systems-based focus for the remainder of the pre-clinical stage of the programme. The content of the systems-based stage is presented in a recognised cycle of Normal Structure, followed by Normal Function, Abnormal Function and finally by Treatment. Assessment of the curriculum is by an integrated series of assessments that are valid, reliable and match the learning objectives specified.
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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2009
EventAMEE Conference - Malaga, Spain
Duration: 30 Aug 20092 Sep 2009

Conference

ConferenceAMEE Conference
CountrySpain
CityMalaga
Period30/08/092/09/09

    Research areas

  • Malawi, Medicine, Curriculum development

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