The University of Pretoria's School of Medicine changed over from a “traditional” curriculum to an integrated, problem-oriented curriculum. The curriculum is outcomes-based and the content is organised around body organs and systems. It contains a larger component of community health and primary health care than the former curriculum. The curriculum enables the Faculty to realise its vision of local relevance and international competitiveness.
Consultation nationally and internationally with other medical education institutions, an in-depth study of the latest literature, attendance of workshops, seminars and congresses locally and abroad, and visits to various medical schools worldwide led to the design of a newly-integrated, problem-oriented medical curriculum. The previous Faculty of Medicine took the lead in the country by phasing in the first year of the new curriculum in 1997, and is constantly evaluating the curriculum against the needs of the country and the feedback from lecturers, students and other stakeholders, making the planning of the curriculum an ongoing and dynamic process.
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