Interdisciplinary integration in medical education: theory and method

Med Educ. 1982 Nov;16(6):355-61. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2923.1982.tb00950.x.


The concept of integration of the medical curriculum is analysed in terms of three principles: (i) the philosophical principle of the unified universe; (ii) the theory of the structure of knowledge; and (iii) development creative thinking through 'pattern' formation and flow of relevant associations. The proposal is discussed to describe and classify methods of integration in six parameters: 1. scope of material integrated; 2. time of commencement; 3. teaching-learning environment; 4. mental processes involved; 5. the student's role; and 6. direction. A description of integrating methods follows, all simultaneously used in the Faculty of Health Science, Ben-Gurion University of Negev. The conclusion is that there is no 'right' and 'wrong' way to integrate subject matter; each medical school may select a method appropriate for its goals, structure and constraints.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Curriculum*
  • Education, Medical, Undergraduate*
  • Educational Measurement / methods
  • Israel
  • Learning
  • Teaching / methods