Medical Curriculum & Teaching Strategies: Need for Constant Evaluation and Improvement

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Medical Curriculum & Teaching Strategies: Need for Constant Evaluation and Improvement

Anwar Ul Haque
Department of Pathology, Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, Islamabad.
A critical look at the medical curriculum in
different countries reveals gross inadequacies which
are directly and amply reflected in their products i.e.
doctors! The deficiencies are multidimensional and
include character, capabilities, zeal, care, commitment
and performance. Jungle of useless details masks
the essentials and kills the creativity! The poorly
trained and defectively formed doctors spoil systems.
All these contribute towards overall failed and
incompetent health systems. The proverb “You are
what you eat” is quite applicable to the medical
curriculum. What you feed them, what you will get! A
poorly trained but encyclopedic doctor is often poor in
ethical and moral virtues! He/she does not have good
communication skills and poorly understands the
impact of costly and useless investigations. Self
motivation for learning and research is often lacking.
Certainly material greed is not the best form of
motivation. Materialism without ethical values is a
recipe for sub-animal materialism which snatches
away peace and tranquility in all spheres!

         

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