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FEM: Revista de la Fundación Educación Médica

On-line version ISSN 2014-9840Print version ISSN 2014-9832


RODRIGUEZ-LEARTE, Ana I. et al. Leading change: moving towards an integrated curriculum suitable for biomedical sciences. Experience from Universidad Europea de Madrid. FEM (Ed. impresa) [online]. 2018, vol.21, n.4, pp.215-222. ISSN 2014-9840.

Biomedical sciences have faced a strong developmental shift in a short period of time. This advance has been boosted by the study of the molecular, genetic and physiological mechanisms of the biological processes. This has a direct effect on the better understanding of the normal functioning of our body and establishes the bases of pathology knowledge. Thus, health science professionals must develop new skills and abilities that allow them to establish links between basic sciences and their professional practice. The most appropriate curricular design for competency and capacity building is achieved through the integrated curriculum. Integrated learning is a student-centered process, through which knowledge is developed lifelong in a flexible and individualized manner. At the Universidad Europea de Madrid we have faced new demands by using a model of integrated learning of basic subjects especially suitable to achieve progressive curricular integration. We have named this new model WSLA (Work Stations Learning Activities) and it is based on a modification of the team based learning adapted to the European and Spanish guidelines especially indicated for the Degrees of Health Sciences. Using the WSLA model different modules of integrated learning activities can be created and adapted to different situations, including master classes, gamification or laboratory practices. We propose our WSLA model as a scalable and flexible option to adopt the stepwise integration as a stage prior to the complete curricular integration.

Keywords : Integrated curriculum; Integrated learning; Health sciences; Medical education; Medicine; Team based learning; WSLA.

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