WFME rubbishes claims to have devised set medical curriculum

islamabad – Special advisor to World Federation of Medical Education, Dr.Janet Grant, on Wednesday, rubbished claims that WFME has made it mandatory for medical institutes to adopt a standard curriculum.

Special advisor to WFME said this on her visit to PMDC. In a meeting held with PMDC officials Prof. Dr.Janet Grant talked about the circulation of misinformation in Pakistan that WFME has directed all medical schools to follow a specific medical curriculum devised by WFME.

She clarified that WFME has not devised any such curriculum. She addressed the misconception of some people that the standards are prescriptive, and that a medical curriculum should be developed in accordance with them. She said that the WFME standards were developed to assist the deans and staff members of medical schools, to manage medical education and design the curriculum in context of their respective countries.

She added that WFME does not prescribe any particular way of developing or managing the curriculum. “We do not promote any particular approach to curriculum design, teaching and learning, or assessment.”

She said that each institution or regulator should review the relevant standards and develop a version of them that is appropriate to their local context.

PM&DC Vice President Prof.Dr.Abid Farooqui said that the council is following the guidelines and international standards provided by all the international organizations.

He assured her of full support of PM&DC in clarifying the misconceptions regarding the WFME policies and direction in all the medical schools in Pakistan. He also directed to take measures to inform all medical universities in Pakistan about this matter.

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