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Transforming Medical Education by Adopting CBME

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Competency-based medical education (CBME) is gaining momentum across the globe and has become a key initiative for faculties of medicine in most countries particularly at the graduate and post-graduate levels. CBME is one of the most important paradigm shifts in Medical education in the last 25 years.

Traditional approaches to medical education are based on a curriculum that is time and subject centered. The current assessment methods focus more on information retention than on the development of skills, attitudes, and personal knowledge. In other words, graduates of medicine may have accumulated extraordinary amounts of information, but some may lack the necessary skills required in real-life medical practice. Competency-based medical education has been suggested, as the answer to address these concerns.

The educational concept of competency-based education dates to the previous century and has been the subject of excitement as well as controversy among educators around the world. The term competency has also been interchangeably used with terms such as outcomes, performance, or standards. On the surface, the concept is simple. Schools need to develop clear outcomes (competencies/skills) of what learners should be able to successfully achieve at the end of their training. Based on those goals, schools develop a curriculum, setup the experiences/practices, evaluate the progress, and report on the progress so that learners can move from one phase to the next phase. However, moving from the theory of Competency Education to implementing a system to manage it could be a difficult road without the proper workflows and systems to support this transition.

McMaster University has already navigated this challenging road and has rolled out the CBME framework in many of their Post Grad Medicine Programs under the guidelines from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, The College of Family Physicians of Canada, and with the support of Logibec’s MedSIS 3C CBME solution. Logibec’s approach has been to manage, track and evaluate competencies in real-time. The result is a platform that is flexible, intuitive, powerful, and relevant.

Flexible

  • Easily import and define learning paths
  • Quickly manage individual learning objectives
  • Effortlessly update and adjust or add evaluation templates 

Powerful and Intuitive

  • Simple user interface
  • Calculate learner progress automatically
  • Conveniently request and complete evaluations using the mobile interface

Relevant

  • Collect, summarize and deliver the most useful information
  • Clear, concise, and accessible data
  • Instantaneous, real-time reporting provides what you need to know at every stage of a learner’s journey

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