The potential impact of the revision of the Basic World Federation Medical Education Standards

Hays, Richard (2014) The potential impact of the revision of the Basic World Federation Medical Education Standards. Medical Teacher, 36 (6). pp. 459-462.

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Background: The World Federation of Medical Education has released a revised version of their Basic Medical Education Standards. This paper compares the original and revised versions following an external review of a medical school based on the original version, and indicates potential implications of the changes for making judgements about the quality of medical education. Methods: A comparative analysis was conducted of the original and revised standards, producing a list of changes, through either "strengthened" or "new" standards or guidance for their interpretation. The potential impact of the changes on the writing of a report for this external review was then considered. Results: The revised standards have more specific requirements for curriculum design, clinical placements, research training and the support and participation of students. In order to meet the revised standards, medical schools may need to invest substantially in acquiring in-house medical education expertise and better prepared teaching and research staff. Conclusion: The bar appears to have been raised substantially in the revised standards document. While individually the changes appear sound, the overall impact, particularly in the developing world, may be substantial © 2014 Informa UK Ltd. All rights reserved: reproduction in whole or part not permitted.

Item ID: 68264
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1466-187X
Keywords: quality assurance; medical education, program accreditation
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2021 02:36
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390110 Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy @ 50%
32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3299 Other biomedical and clinical sciences > 329999 Other biomedical and clinical sciences not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2005 Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health) > 200508 Rural and remote area health @ 50%
16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1601 Learner and learning > 160104 Professional development and adult education @ 50%
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