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"New Medical Curricula in Singapore and Hong Kong"
Two university dons, Prof Tan Chorh Chuan, Dean of Medicine in the National University of Singapore and Prof Lau Yu Ling, from the Department of Paediatrics, Queen Mary Hospital in Hongkong spoke. Together, they gave a common road map of undergraduate medical education for the next decade.
The two Universities have new curricula that are very similar to one another and similar to the new direction of medical education sweeping round the world which has been triggered by a paper issued by the General Medical Council in the United Kingdom, titled Tomorrows Doctors.
The new NUS Undergraduate Curriculum
The new undergraduate curriculum in Singapore is into its second year. The educational objectives of the new curriculum have been defined in the Curriculum Bulletin issued by the Faculty of Medicine in March this year. There is an emphasis on:
In restructuring the new curriculum, attention had been paid to three important concepts:
The new Hongkong University Curriculum
A brochure issued by the Hongkong University on its new curriculum details clearly the direction the University has set for itself.
Why does the University introduce a new curriculum? In a nutshell, it wants to meet the changing demography and social economic status of the future patient as well as cope with the information explosion. People will live longer, are more educated and will demand more effective care. The information explosion will demand new skills to evaluate and apply this new knowledge, and medical advances will result in new and even complex economic and ethical challenges. The disease patterns will change and the continuing emergence of new and aggressive forms of infectious diseases is one example of the changing nature of diseases.
What sort of doctors will the new curriculum produce? The goal of the new curriculum is to produce doctors with demonstrated competence in the understanding and delivery of effective, humane, economic and ethical care together with a commitment to life-long learning, and who are ready to proceed to postgraduate training.
What are its key approaches? The key approaches of the Hongkong University curriculum are:
What areas will the curriculum emphasise?
Four themes will run as a constant thread throughout the entire curriculum:
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