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The clinical associate curriculum - the learning theory underpinning the BCMP programme at the University of Pretoria

Jannie F M Hugo, Johannes Slabbert, J Murray Louw, Tessa S Marcus, Martin Bac, Pieter H Du Toit, John E Sandars

Abstract


The Bachelor of Clinical Medical Practice (BCMP) is a new degree at the University of Pretoria (UP), designed to create a new category of mid-level medical workers, namely clinical associates. UP produced its first 44 graduates in 2011. The BCMP created the opportunity to innovate learning and teaching through designing, monitoring and evaluating the transformation of the curriculum as action research.

Drawing on the theories and practices of authentic learning, self-directed learning, whole-brain learning and collaborative learning, the curriculum has been transformed.

The potential of this curriculum extends beyond the formal education part of the programme ‒ into clinical associate practice, healthcare practice and, potentially, general medical and healthcare education.

Authors' affiliations

Jannie F M Hugo, Professor and HOD, Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Health Science, University of Pretoria

Johannes Slabbert, Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer, Department of Humanities Education, Faculty of Education, University of Pretoria

J Murray Louw, Senior Lecturer, Department of Family Medicine, University of Pretoria

Tessa S Marcus, Extraordinary Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Pretoria

Martin Bac, Senior Lecturer, Department of Family Medicine, University of Pretoria

Pieter H Du Toit, Senior Lecturer, Department of Humanities Education, Faculty of Education, University of Pretoria

John E Sandars, Senior Lecturer, Leeds Institute of Medical Education, University of Leeds, England

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Keywords

clinical associate, authentic learning, midlevel health workers

Cite this article

African Journal of Health Professions Education 2012;4(2):128-131. DOI:10.7196/AJHPE.188

Article History

Date submitted: 2012-08-03
Date published: 2012-12-06

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