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Essential curriculum transformation – the why and how

Symposium 8 - Essential curriculum transformation – the why and how

Date: Sunday 29th August
Time: 1800 - 1930 (UK time)
Stream: Room 2


  • John Jenkins, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Ireland
  • Peter McCrorie, University of Nicosia Medical School, Cyprus
  • Harm Peters, Charité – Universitätsmedizin, Germany
  • Martina Crehan, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Ireland
  • Davinder Sandhu, Medical University of Bahrain, Bahrain

Summary: The centenary of the 1910 Flexner report was marked by a number of seminal publications calling for further transformative change in the education of doctors (and other healthcare professionals).1,2 

Transformative learning involves three fundamental shifts: from fact memorisation to searching, analysis, and synthesis of information for decision making; from seeking professional credentials to achieving core competencies for effective teamwork in health systems; and from non-critical adoption of educational models to creative adaptation of global resources to address local priorities.1 More recently Harden has also contributed to this debate, setting out his vision for ten key features of the future medical school.3 

This symposium will share the experiences of the participating international medical schools, providing insights into drivers for transformative curriculum development, the underpinning foundations and framework necessary for its planning and implementation, and specific examples of how this has been and is currently being taken forward. Many medical schools around the world are at different stages in considering, developing, implementing or reviewing initiatives to take these recommendations forward in ways appropriate to their patient, health system and societal settings. 

The AMEE ASPIRE curriculum development award scheme has also been developed to stimulate, encourage and inform educators and their institutions in such developments -


1. Frenk J. Lancet 376:1923(2010)
2. Irby D. Acad Med 85:220(2010)
3. Harden R. Med Teach 40:1010(2018)

Who should participate: Anyone engaged in or with an interest in curriculum reform, who wishes to participate in an exploration of drivers, rationale and implementation, shared by a team with extensive international experience of the realities of leading the extensive change management process required to undertake this successfully.

What will they gain from participating: The symposium will focus on identifying high level principles which can be used to address desired curricular development in a wide variety of national and local settings. It will also provide opportunities for sharing of international experience, with focus on learning from each other, meeting colleagues with experience in this area and providing a setting in which contacts can be made for ongoing exchange of information and collaboration, as envisaged in the AMEE ASPIRE Academy initiative.

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