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Journal of Medical Education and Curricular Development

Combining Expertise: Reflecting on a Team Approach to Curriculum Development and Implementation

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Journal of Medical Education and Curricular Development 2016:3 25-31

Original Research

Published on 10 Mar 2016

DOI: 10.4137/JMECD.S38104


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Abstract

Introduction: This article discussed curriculum development and implementation using a unique collaboration of basic scientists and clinicians functioning as course co-directors. It explores the pros, cons, and unintended consequences of this integrated approach through reflections of the faculty involved.

Methods: Ten faculty participated in semi-structured phone interviews to reflect on their experiences.

Results: Analysis of interview transcripts revealed four key themes: (1) the value of the basic scientist and clinician partnership, (2) strategies for coordination, (3) balancing responsibilities, and (4) hierarchy and power.

Discussion: This study identified that both basic scientists and clinicians experienced benefits from using a course co-director collaborative approach to curriculum development and implementation. While challenges are also noted, the benefits of the collaboration were evident in course organization, course evaluation reports, student feedback, and USMLE Step I pass rate.



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