Is there a better alternative to special study modules?
Perhaps not, but there are weaknesses in the current system
- By: Wai-Ching Leung
In order to reduce factual overload, Tomorrow's Doctors attempted to define a core curriculum—the minimum level of knowledge and skills essential for practising medicine safely.1 It also introduced special study modules (SSMs), which allow students to study in depth areas that they are particularly interested in beyond the immediate requirements of the preregistration year. The core curriculum and special study modules are both compulsory, and should occupy about 70% and 30% of the entire medical course respectively. However, schools are allowed to decide the number and duration of special study modules.
What is the purpose of an SSM? According to Tomorrow's Doctors, it is to “promote a constant questioning and self-critical approach to medicine.” It aims to create diversity between medical schools and allows students to express their individuality. In the proposed update of Tomorrow's Doctors, research skills, self directed learning skills, problem solving skills, and presentation of your own