Systems, Themes & Clinical Experiences

Spiral Curriculum

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The spiral curriculum is a popular model based on the theory that any content can be learned by any person if presented effectively. The basic components of a spiral curriculum are:

  1. Learners revisit topics several times throughout the program.
  2. The complexity of the material increases with each revisit.
  3. New concepts build on previous learning.

Spiraling supports comprehensive learning where connections are made over time. In the renewed curriculum, systems and themes will spiral through the program. The curriculum will build from fundamental content such as basic terms to more complicated concepts to complex analysis and application of knowledge.

Systems

Students will cover initial material from every system in the first year, and in the second year will revisit every system in a deliberate manner. There will also be material from each system in Year 3 and 4.

System Leads are responsible for planning how the material associated with that system will be taught across all four years and how it will be spiraled in the renewed curriculum, in alignment with the week topic order and the themes.

The System Leads report to the Interim Systems Integration Lead. As a group, the Systems Integration Team reports to the Curriculum Committee.

System Definitions

Themes

Themes are specific areas/categories of knowledge, skills, and attitudes to support undergraduate medical education at UBC. Themes have been grouped into clusters to foster integration and coordination of themes that address a similar area of care or learning. Material from each theme will be spiraled through the renewed curriculum. The students will cover material from every theme in an appropriate progression of complexity throughout the four year curriculum. See below for a list of Theme Definitions.

Theme Leads are responsible for planning how the material associated with that theme will be taught across all four years and how it will be spiraled in the renewed curriculum, in alignment with the week topic order and systems.

The Themes Leads report to the Interim Themes Integration Lead. As a group, the Themes Integration Team reports to the Curriculum Committee.

Theme Definitions

Clinical Experiences

Clinical Experiences, along with Systems and Themes, form the basis of the course content for the renewed curriculum.

The curriculum contains clinical content across the four years in all MEDD courses, including clerkship and electives. Material from both Clinical Skills and Family Practice will be spiralled throughout the renewed curriculum, in alignment with the systems, themes, and week topic order.

Clinical Experiences objectives are covered in a longitudinal and developmental fashion. The team is led by the Clinical Experiences Integration Co-Leads and consists of current faculty and staff members of both Clinical Skills and Family Practice.

Clinical Presentations (case topics)