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The future of medical education

08 February 2011

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University staff interested in shaping the future of medical education are being urged to have their say as part of a major modernisation programme.

Led by the School of Medicine’s Division of Medical Education the modernisation programme, C21, is examining all aspects of undergraduate medical education at the University - from curriculum content to staff training.

The project will help create a programme that will attract, train and retain the very best doctors for Wales by providing high quality teaching and an inspiring learning experience based around increased clinical contact.

As part of the consultation process the University’s Dean of Medicine, Professor Paul Morgan is keen for as many staff with an interest in medical education to have their say.

"For this modernisation programme to succeed we need the support of all those involved in or concerned with the education and training of our future doctors, " according to Professor Morgan.

"We need those individuals and institutions to voice their ideas about how this may best be achieved so that we obtain the widest census of views possible as we go forward with the development of detailed plans," he added.

The consultation marks an important first step in what is a complex and ambitious programme of change. The project will introduce modern educational theory and respond to the General Medical Council’s Tomorrow’s Doctors 2009, the changing needs of clinical services in Wales, and the challenges set for the Higher Education sector in Wales by the Welsh Assembly Government.

Once developed, the new programme will benefit not only students and doctors in training, but also the wider community and clinical practice, and makes a significant contribution to the strategic objectives of Cardiff University, the NHS in Wales and the Welsh Assembly Government.
Vice Chancellor, Dr David Grant, said "Our ambitions to be a world-leading university require us to have a first-class medical school with an outstanding education programme.

"The modernisation of the undergraduate medical programme is therefore a top priority for the University over the next two years."
The consultation runs until 18th February 2011.

A report of the findings will be presented at the 1st Annual Curriculum Conference taking place on 2nd March 2011 at Cardiff University’s Heath Park campus and published on the C21 website.

During the conference, the team from C21 will explain the next stage and discuss the opportunity for you to get more involved. Further background information on the C21 project and to have your say, visit the C21 website at:

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