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Lessons learned in developing new postgraduate medical specialist training programs for Australia and New Zealand

Kevin D Forsyth
Med J Aust 2014; 201 (9): 511-512. || doi: 10.5694/mja14.00588
Published online: 3 November 2014

What can be learned from the process of introducing major postgraduate medical education reform?

Considerable changes in the processes of medical student education have been occurring for the past 20 years. Such changes began with the recognition that the curriculum was becoming increasingly full, leading to fatigue and loss of enthusiasm for the craft of medicine in medical students just as they were entering the medical workforce.1 Changes in medical student education have included limitations on curriculum content; new ways of learning, such as inquiry-driven learning using problem-based learning principles; formative assessments; more feedback on student performance; emphases on ethics, communication and clinical reasoning; and greater integration of preclinical and clinical learning opportunities.2-4

  • Kevin D Forsyth

  • Paediatrics and Child Health, Flinders Medical Centre, Flinders University, Adelaide, SA.


Competing interests:

I was Dean and Director of Education of the RACP from 2006 to 2010.

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