The politics of medical curriculum accreditation : thoughts, not facts?

de Leeuw, E 2012, The politics of medical curriculum accreditation : thoughts, not facts?, International journal of user-driven healthcare, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 53-69, doi: 10.4018/ijudh.2012010108.

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Title The politics of medical curriculum accreditation : thoughts, not facts?
Author(s) de Leeuw, E
Journal name International journal of user-driven healthcare
Volume number 2
Issue number 1
Start page 53
End page 69
Publisher IGI Global
Place of publication Hershey, Pa.
Publication date 2012-01
ISSN 2156-1818
Keyword(s) accreditation
medical education
political analysis
Summary The medical profession needs to adapt to the socio-political challenges of the 21st century. These have been described as the ‘Health Society’. Medical professionalism, however, is characterised by conservative values that are perpetuated by the professional attributes of autonomy, authority, and state-sanctioned altruism. The medical education enterprise is a replication and continuation of these values, sanctioned by its accreditation agencies. The Australian Medical Council through its accreditation standards only sanctions the formal curriculum. The status quo, however, is maintained by social, cultural and political parameters enmeshed in the informal and hidden curricula. By not addressing informal and hidden value constructs that maintain elitist medical arrogance the accreditation agency fails to uphold its remit. This paper explores the philosophical and empirical bases of these phenomena and illustrates them by means of a case study. Medical education and its sanctioning structure and agency are confirmed as forceful political enterprises. We conclude that explicit review of the informal and hidden curriculum is a feasible and necessary prerequisite for medical education reform and change.
Language eng
DOI 10.4018/ijudh.2012010108
Field of Research 119999 - Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 - Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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