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Med Teach. 2017 May 27:1-6. doi: 10.1080/0142159X.2017.1332364. [Epub ahead of print]

International infectious diseases teaching to undergraduate medical students: A successful European collaborative experience.

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a Paris-Descartes University, Sorbonne Paris Cité , Paris , France.
b Centre d'Infectiologie Necker-Pasteur , Necker-Enfants Malades University Hospital, Institut Imagine, Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris , Paris , France.
c Institute Pasteur, French National Reference Centre and WHO Collaborating Centre for Listeria , Biology of Infection Unit, Inserm U1117 , Paris , France.
d Centre for Infection Medicine , University of Edinburgh , Edinburgh , UK.
e Laboratory Medicine NHS Lothian , Edinburgh , UK.
f Infectious Diseases Department , Western General Hospital, NHS Lothian , Edinburgh , UK.
g Institute of Infectious Diseases , Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Facoltà di Medicina , Rome , Italy.
h Institute of General Pathology , Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Facoltà di Medicina , Rome , Italy.
i Internal Medicine Department , Cochin Port Royal University Hospital, Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris , Paris , France.



The emerging global-health paradigm requires medical teaching to be continuously redefined and updated; to this end, transnational approaches should be encouraged and medical training harmonized. Infectious diseases (ID) teaching in the current context of emerging infections, fast-increasing bacterial resistance and large-scale human migration, was chosen to develop a common international course.


We report the successful implementation of a joint European undergraduate course aiming to (i) develop a common ID core curriculum among European medical schools; (ii) promote mobility among teachers and students (iii) promote international cooperation among European teachers.


The course was built around teachers' mobility. It was delivered in English by a team of European medical educators from Paris Descartes University, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Rome and the University of Edinburgh to groups of 25-30 undergraduate medical students at each university. Partner Institutions officially recognized the course as substitutive of or additive to the regular curriculum.


The course has been running for 3 years and received excellent satisfaction scores by students and staff as regards to scientific content, pedagogy and international exchanges.


This cooperative approach demonstrates the feasibility of a harmonized European undergraduate medical education, having ID as a test experiment for future developments.

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