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JRSM Open. 2014 Jan 7;5(1):2042533313514049. doi: 10.1177/2042533313514049. eCollection 2014 Jan.

A critical review of the core medical training curriculum in the UK: A medical education perspective.

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Department of Gastroenterology, Royal Free London NHS Trust, London, UK ; Centre for Medical Education, University College London, UK.
Department of General Medicine, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, UK.
Department of Endocrinology, Homerton University Hospital, UK.


This paper represents a systematic evaluation of the Core Medical Training Curriculum in the UK. The authors critically review the curriculum from a medical education perspective based mainly on the medical education literature as well as their personal experience of this curriculum. They conclude in practical recommendations and suggestions which, if adopted, could improve the design and implementation of this postgraduate curriculum. The systematic evaluation approach described in this paper is transferable to the evaluation of other undergraduate or postgraduate curricula, and could be a helpful guide for medical teachers involved in the delivery and evaluation of any medical curriculum.


core medical training; curriculum; medical education

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