The new curriculum for family medicine at the University of Split, School of Medicine
Keywords:Family medicine, Classes, Students, Supervisors
AbstractAccording to the new curriculum at the University of Split School ofMedicine for the 2010/2011 academic year, the Department of FamilyMedicine based its teaching on its own expert and research work. Theadequacy of the communication with the patient, his or her familyand the social environment, as well as the concept of evidence-basedmedicine (EBM) have been defined as the foundation of expert andresearch work in family medicine. In accordance with this strategy,the members of the Department are involved in conducting journalclubs, Cochrane systematic reviews, research into the health of familieswhere the father is absent working abroad (there are many suchfamilies with emigrant fathers in the region), and some are workingon developing student letters to patients as an instrument for encouragingcommunication and empathy. The proportion of theoreticalclasses was reduced to provide more time for practice-based classes forstudents. The Work Diary was also introduced, as well as the studentletter to the patient, practice of clinical skills and objective, structured,clinical examination (OSCE). The assessment of students is performedin four parts: the grade given by the student’s practice supervisor, thegrade for student letters to patients, the OSCE exam grade and thewritten exam grade. Students achieved, on average, very high grades.The Department is also involved in the course on clinical and socialskills to first and second year students, taking on the task of introducingstudents to patients and their surroundings.
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