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Ten steps to plan, design, and implement an endocrinology and endocrine surgery module for the Faculty of Medicine, Al-Baha University

Authors Elfakey WEM, Al-Ghamdi AH

Received 19 May 2016

Accepted for publication 25 August 2016

Published 27 October 2016 Volume 2016:7 Pages 617—622


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Peer reviewers approved by Dr Robert Robinson

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Anwarul Azim Majumder

Walyeldin EM Elfakey,1,2 Ahmed H Al-Ghamdi,1

1Pediatrics Department, Faculty of Medicine, Al-Baha University, Al-Baha, Saudi Arabia; 2Pediatrics Department, University of Bahri, Khartoum, Sudan

Introduction: The Faculty of Medicine, Al-Baha University (FMBU), is a newly established medical school that implements a community-oriented and integrated system-based curriculum which is suitable for both medical students and serving the needs of the local community. 
Objective: The aim of this study is to describe the steps that were followed to plan, design, and implement an endocrinology and endocrine surgery module (EESM) for the fourth-year medical students, as an example of how system-based modules are designed at FMBU. 
Methods: Ten questions based on Harden’s methodolgy were asked in order to design, plan, and implement an endocrinology and endocrine surgery module. The module committee determined the needs of the module and accordingly stated the aims and objectives of the module. The module planners selected the relevant contents, teaching methods, and assessment strategies and organized them.
Results: After addressing each of the ten questions, the results indicated the need, aim, objectives, and contents for the endocrinology and endocrine surgery module at FMBU. The implementation strategies were chosen according to the SPICES model. The teaching methods and the assessment strategies were selected and arranged. The module is well communicated at all levels, and the module committee used every effort to create a productive teaching environment. The module is well managed and follows the hierarchy of FMBU.
Conclusion: Implementing Harden’s ten steps methodology resulted in an integrated module of endocrinology and endocrine surgery where related disciplines and systems were merged and medical and surgical endocrine topics were included.

Keywords: endocrinology, endocrine surgery, module, curriculum

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