Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery Programme (MBBS) 130 curriculum
The goal of the curriculum is to produce doctors who are competent in the understanding and delivery of effective, humane and ethical medical care, committed to lifelong learning, and ready to proceed to postgraduate training. The design of the course reflects the following educational principles:
Active, student-centred learning
Students are encouraged to be active in managing their own learning and to question both what and how they learn through problem-based, small-group tutorials. These tutorials foster the development of skills for interpersonal communication and teamwork, and help train students to become lifelong learners.
The curriculum emphasizes the inter-connections between different fields of knowledge. Essential elements of basic science and clinical practice are learnt through an integrated approach.
Early clinical contact
Students are introduced to clinical and clinical interpersonal skills, and are exposed to patient contact early in the curriculum. These clinical experiences relate closely to theoretical teaching. Students develop clinical skills in a purpose-built Clinical Skills Training Centre to achieve early and effective training.
A wide variety of community-based teaching is employed to complement the activities that take place within hospitals, exploiting the educational experiences which family physicians, maternal and child health services, hospices and patient support groups can provide.
Core and options approach
Students are given the opportunities to choose and explore specific areas of interest or experience in either medical or non-medical fields by making use of the electives to be held in the second half semester of the third year and at the end of the final year after the final examination. They are required to incubate and brainstorm protocols for a health research project. They are also exposed to various clinical settings through clinical visits and attachments, and will engage themselves in voluntary and community services, overseas exchange and/or other learning activities.