Curriculum reform for reproductive health

Olufemi A Olatunbosun, Lindsay Edouard
African Journal of Reproductive Health 2002, 6 (1): 15-9
A new model of reproductive health care delivery is unfolding, driven by emerging health issues, expanding technology and increasing public expectations. Additional imperatives in service provision for women's health compel reforms to undergraduate medical education using reproductive health as the basis for restructuring curriculum contents. These developments provide an opportunity for implementing the recommendations from various international conferences through continuing professional development and an evidence-based approach to clinical decision-making. A three-pronged approach based on reproductive health, problem-based learning and evidence-based medicine, has much potential for improving subsequent clinical practice and the overall reproductive health of the community. Appropriate changes to existing curricula will facilitate integration of the principles of reproductive health and the new philosophy of doctor-patient relationship into clinical supervision and training of students.

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