The Curriculum at the College of Medicine and Medical Sciences at Arabian Gulf University: A Way Forward to Meet the Future Medical Education Needs

J Med Educ Curric Dev. 2020 Jul 10;7:2382120520932904. doi: 10.1177/2382120520932904. eCollection Jan-Dec 2020.

Abstract

Arabian Gulf University (AGU) follows a curriculum based on Problem Based Learning (PBL). PBL is a learner-centered approach that empowers students for life-long learning. Students are taught through problems that are designed based on global health problems customized to the local needs. The classroom teaching is complemented through adjunct programs like community health activities and professional skills program. Medical education aims to meet the changing needs of society. Demographics, disease epidemiology and healthcare needs of the gulf countries have changed over 38 years since the inception of AGU. To keep pace with the changing demands, it is imperative that the curriculum is reviewed in the light of advances in technology and newer techniques of medical education.In the present article the curriculum at AGU is reviewed based on the predictors for future medical education and alternative teaching methods that can be integrated to optimize the student outputs are explored.

Keywords: curricula; medical education; problem-based learning.

Publication types

  • Review