By Dr Anna Romito, Curriculum Development Lead
As our Year 5 students return to the classroom and the wards, we look forward to hearing of their overseas electives. Twenty-two students completed their electives at Imperial, in diverse specialities and hospitals. It has been wonderful to host so many LKCMedicine students in London and for them to have further opportunities to forge friendships and links with their Imperial peers.
The curriculum for Year 5 is established and we look forward to the students engaging in the taught activities of the final year of their course. The summative Year 5 assessments are now in the latter stages of being finalised, after careful crafting, inputs and reviews from LKCMedicine faculty and the London office.
Now that the whole curriculum is complete, and informed by insights of the Second Stage Review, it is appropriate that we review and renew the curriculum to ensure the learning remains up-to-date with the latest medical, scientific and educational advances. Timely, periodic curriculum review and renewal is a normal process undertaken across medical schools and is required to sustain programme quality and improve student learning experiences. This will be undertaken at LKCMedicine as a collaborative exercise between both LKCMedicine and Imperial College.
The main purposes of the curriculum review are to ensure that the undergraduate curriculum at LKCMedicine continues to train doctors who can meet the healthcare needs of the population they serve, provides students with the learning and experiences necessary to achieve this and promotes a learning climate that is optimised for student and faculty development.
Although there will be continued improvements to the curriculum in the clinical years through routine quality assurance processes and student feedback, the curriculum review will focus on Years 1 and 2. These years have been delivered several times now and therefore provide the greatest opportunity to draw conclusions on trends and experiences. These years are also the most closely connected to NTU campuses and other courses.
The result of the review process would seek to further strengthen LKCMedicine students’ opportunities for engagement with NTU campus life, university activities and wider educational events.
As well as thorough consideration of quality assurance and feedback data from within the School, the review will consider advances in technology and other examples of excellence in medical education. Coinciding with Imperial’s review of its own undergraduate medical curriculum, there will also be opportunity for both schools to learn from and support one another in their respective review processes.
We expect that the review will span two years, concluding in time for the start of Academic Year 2019-2020. This is a positive and exciting exercise for students and faculty alike and we look forward to engaging them during the process.