Changes needed in basic biomedical sciences teaching in Cuban medical schools

MEDICC Rev. 2012 Jul;14(3):41-4. doi: 10.37757/MR2012V14.N3.8.


In the 20th century, the basic biomedical sciences (particularly anatomy, histology, embryology, physiology and biochemistry) were taught predominantly in the first semesters of Cuban medical education, with differing curricular connections between these and the clinical sciences. Establishment of the University Polyclinic Program in 2004 laid the foundation for integration of basic biomedical sciences into a transdisciplinary unit designated morphophysiology. This paper argues for improvements in this curricular unit and in its coordination with family medicine in the first semesters of medical training, complemented by integration of basic biomedical sciences into family medicine clinical courses throughout the remainder of the six-year curriculum. KEYWORDS Medical laboratory science, medical clinical science, medical education, curriculum, biological science disciplines, interdisciplinary communication, transfer of learning, Cuba.

MeSH terms

  • Biological Science Disciplines / education*
  • Biological Science Disciplines / standards
  • Cuba
  • Curriculum / standards
  • Curriculum / trends
  • Education, Medical / standards*
  • Family Practice / education*
  • Humans
  • Interdisciplinary Studies / standards
  • Schools, Medical / standards*