LAHORE – University of Health Sciences has developed a competency-based assessment curriculum for medical colleges in which the students will learn through direct student-patient encounters from day one of their education.

This curriculum, named as “Assessment Directed Medical Education”, will provide opportunity to medical students to learn through structured, supervised simulated or real-patient encounters presenting common problems that require practical and analytical solutions.

The curriculum is based on the modern concept of Assessment Driven Integrated Learning system developed by UHS controller of examinations Prof Junaid S Khan. The concept is based on the theory that assessment methods and requirements have a greater influence on how and what students learn than any other single factor.

The new method will be a paradigm shift from teaching to learning through experience using available resources under expert supervision, which would define the competencies that should be gained by medical students at the end of their MBBS course.

Prof Junaid said that the new curriculum would take the teaching and training from out of the lecture halls and tutorial classes into simulation labs and skills laboratories from day one of the MBBS course and to workplace and day-to-day patient encounters and patient-care areas. He informed that the curriculum was divided into five broad academic years with a certain number of major or minor competencies that a student would have to achieve each year in a systematic and structured fashion in the delineated subjects.

He said that UHS wanted to introduce this concept as the ultimate step forward to a self-directed, authentic, real time, live learning experience through direct action.