Work Package 04: Tuning 1st cycle degrees in medicine
Learning outcomes/competence frameworks promote harmonisation, transparency and consistency in educational programmes. The Tuning Project (medicine) has developed learning outcomes for primary medical degrees, disseminated widely and available freely at www.tuning-medicine.com . They have had considerable impact. For example, the 2009 version of "Tomorrow‘s Doctors", the guidance to medical schools from the UK General Medical Council, currently under consultation at http://www.gmc-uk.org/ , is heavily based on the Tuning outcomes, as referenced in the document.
The Bologna 3-cycle model for medical education has been controversial, with concerns about loss of curriculum integration and the employment status of first-cycle graduates. Some countries have implemented it, but there is great variability and ongoing concerns about comparability of degrees.
The MEDINE2 network will promote application of the Bologna principles to medical education. Using Tuning methodology, we will generate an agreed set of learning outcomes/competences for 1st cycle Bachelor degrees in medicine. These will link systematically with our Tuning outcomes for primary medical degrees (2nd cycle); they will specify an appropriate degree of vertical curriculum integration and address issues of employability through a competence-based approach.
Initially, the working group will draft a set of first-cycle outcomes with these priorities. These will be refined and developed through a series of European workshops. A web-based Tuning opinion survey will be conducted to rank the importance of each outcome. Respondents will include academics, employers, graduates, and students. These results will be subjected to detailed statistical analysis. The findings will inform the decisions of a consensus conference which will generate the final report document. This will be disseminated via the Network website, a printed brochure, conferences and workshops, published papers and presentations.