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Curriculum for postgraduate medicine in Bhutan’s only medical university: time for need-based curricula, review, development and implementation

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K. Tenzin ,

Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan, Thimphu, BT
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Faculty of Postgraduate Medicine
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T. Tenzin,

Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan, Thimphu, BT
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Faculty of Postgraduate Medicine
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T. Dorji,

His Majesty’s Peoples’ Project, Thimphu, BT
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Kidu Medical Unit
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K. P. Tshering

Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan, Thimphu, BT
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Abstract

Background: The establishment of a Medical University heralded a new era of medical education in Bhutan. Four years after the Faculty of Postgraduate Medicine began giving Doctorate of Medicine courses, an urgent need was felt to revise the curricula to reflect the changing needs.

 

Methods: The old curricula were reviewed and revised with adoption of current trends and guidelines on medical education. The Faculty of Postgraduate Medicine conducted a series of activities and consultations with local and international experts to design curricula that would deliver to the current and future needs of the Bhutanese health system and the global shortage of the health workforce.

 

Results: Curricula in all the fields of postgraduate trainings were revised with adoption of well-defined learning objectives with constructive alignment of these objectives including appropriate teaching-learning strategies and appropriate assessment methods. The new curricula focuses on competency based medical education with a strong emphasis on workplace based assessments. The curricula also includes a medical humanities course and teaching methods.

 

Discussion: The new curricula were revised to reflect standards on par with medical institutes in the region. The curricula are implemented from 2018 onwards. Challenges are expected in its implementation in our context where medical education is at a nascent stage.

 

Conclusion: The revised curriculum is expected to deliver to the current and future needs and raise the standard of postgraduate medical education.
How to Cite: Tenzin, K., Tenzin, T., Dorji, T. and Tshering, K.P., 2018. Curriculum for postgraduate medicine in Bhutan’s only medical university: time for need-based curricula, review, development and implementation. South-East Asian Journal of Medical Education, 12(2), pp.3–11. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/seajme.v12i2.46
Published on 31 Dec 2018.
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