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Developing a best practice framework for clinical competency education in the traditional East-Asian medicine curriculum

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Issue Date
2022-05
Publisher
BioMed Central
Citation
BMC Medical Education, Vol.22 No.1, p. 352
Abstract
Background While clinical competency is crucial for traditional East-Asian medical education, available studies on the educational system for fostering clinical performance are scarce. This study aimed to review the educational system, curriculum, facilities, and management of current traditional East-Asian medicine in a well-established university of Korea and develop a Best Practice Framework (BPF) of clinical competency education. Methods The clinical competency education system in Pusan National University School of Korean Medicine was systematically described through 5 steps of governance of the educational system, competency of the graduates, educational resources, assessment strategies and tools, and gaps in the curriculum. We also reviewed the experiences in education and the points to be improved. Results The Office of Traditional Korean Medicine Education governs the development, implementation, and evaluation of the educational curriculum for cultivating students' clinical competency. Medical students have undertaken 39 modules of clinical biomedicine and 21 of traditional medicine during the clinical clerkship courses in an affiliated hospital, Clinical Skill Practice Center, clinical research center, practice lab for medical herb, and other locations. After training, 15 modules of simulated clinical training using standardized patients, students' clinical competency are evaluated by a Clinical Performance Test using a Clinical Performance Examination (CPX) and an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) for biomedical and traditional medical skills. Conclusions A clinical competency framework is required for a qualified physician of traditional East-Asian medicine. This study reviewed the current well-organized educational system of Korean traditional medicine in detail, which can be used for the BPF of competency-based clinical education. We expect the current study to be a representative reference for establishing an educational system of traditional medicine such as acupuncture and medical herbs in other countries.
ISSN
1472-6920
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/182671
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