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COVID-19: A Reminder for Medical Curriculum Review

Authors Kok KYY, Idris FI, Koh DSQ

Received 13 June 2020

Accepted for publication 25 August 2020

Published 9 September 2020 Volume 2020:11 Pages 615—618

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/AMEP.S267633

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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Md Anwarul Azim Majumder


Kenneth Yuh Yen Kok, Fazean Irdayati Idris, David Soo Quee Koh

Discipline of Medicine, Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah Institute of Health Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam

Correspondence: Kenneth Yuh Yen Kok
Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah Institute of Health Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Jalan Tungku Link, BE 1410, Brunei Darussalam
Tel +673-246 0922
Fax +(673)-261 2461
Email kenneth.kok@ubd.edu.bn

Abstract: Medical schools must ensure that their curricula evolve in response to changes in clinical practice and the needs of future doctors. Undergraduate medical programs should be better equipped to anticipate and plan for changes in future clinical practice and learning needs of the students. The COVID-19 outbreak and the recent epidemics of new and emerging infections have brought into sharp focus the importance of subjects, such as infectious diseases, infection control, public health, occupational health and virology in medical school curricula. A review of the medical curriculum at PAPRSB Institute of Health Sciences revealed that the time allotted for teaching these subjects is much less than that allotted for teaching non-communicable diseases and other subjects. The changing health paradigm requires medical teaching to be continuously redefined and updated. Given the reduced amount of teaching time allotted for subjects, such as infectious diseases, infection control, public health, occupational health and virology, it might be timely to review and recalibrate the teaching hours of these subjects in all the medical curricula, to better prepare our doctors facing the challenges of future epidemics and pandemics.

Keywords: pandemic, infectious diseases, curriculum revision

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