The foundation year for medicine: challenges and opportunities in developing an innovative curriculum


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A joint initiative from HEFCE/HEE, published in October 2017, invited HEFCE-fundable Higher Education Institutions to bid for the expansion of undergraduate medical education places. A bid from Edge Hill University was submitted for the development of a new medical school with a successful outcome.
A key component of the proposal for undergraduate medical education was the development of an innovative Foundation Year for Medicine programme for identified under-represented groups. This directly aligns to the University Vision and Values and the University Strategic Plan (2013-2020), to be inclusive, celebrate diversity, and to refresh the University Academic portfolio.
The Foundation Certificate in Medicine is hence leading change and innovation, and has a number of distinctive features including:
• Supporting recruitment of those from non-traditional and underrepresented groups, enabling individuals to apply for the EHU undergraduate medical programme (MBChB).
• Allowing local students who aspire to study medicine the opportunity to gain insight into medicine and meet the national standard academic level to progress to the medical programme.
• Consistent with the University Vision (2020) the programme will ‘harness creativity, knowledge and commitment’ by incorporating a range of innovative approaches with an experienced and multi-disciplinary team.
• Substantial involvement from service providers, service uses/carers in programme design, delivery and assessment.
• Adopting an innovative non-modular framework and curriculum, allowing for the integration and holistic view of health grounded in the local community.
As the first non-modular program at Edge Hill University, the Foundation Year for Medicine is leading change in teaching and learning. The presentation will explore the challenges and opportunities of developing an innovative non-modular curriculum that specifically focuses on widening participation students.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jun 2019
Event2019 Solstice eLearning and CLT Conference - Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, United Kingdom
Duration: 5 Jun 20196 Jun 2019


Conference2019 Solstice eLearning and CLT Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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