Why change our program?

The need for curriculum change has become more pressing as health care changes. Health care is predicted to change rapidly over the next 10-15 years, driven by: 

  • the widespread availability of technology, which both supports and changes the role of the doctor in diagnosis and patient management 
  • technological advances such as electronic medical records and prescribing, the expansion of telehealth, medical imaging using artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, remote monitoring and treatment using wearable or implantable devices 
  • the incorporation of algorithms to facilitate clinical decision-making including those which incorporate the use of big data and AI 
  • rapid growth in understanding and use of genetics / genomics 
  • the recognition of optimal healthcare as being inter-disciplinary and the need to develop an inter-professional approach to medical education 
  • the need to specifically develop life-long learning skills such as reflective learning, self-directed learning and clinical reasoning skills

These changes are likely to impact models of care and result in: 

  • increased emphasis on prevention, earlier diagnosis, increased diversity in care pathways (focused on primary care), as well as remote monitoring of physiological parameters, exercise, nutrition and disease progression 
  • increased home-based and community care, with individuals being active partners in their own care
  • increased emphasis on multidisciplinary, team-based care 
  • pre-emptive personalised health plans according to genetic profiles 

What is our vision?

  • The UNSW Medicine program will provide a transformational educational experience for medical professionals of the future 
  • Students and graduates of the UNSW Medicine program will be known globally as innovators, leaders and agents of change in health 
  • UNSW Medicine program will continue to provide an internationally recognised level of educational excellence for our students. 

A curriculum is a "planned educational experience that encompasses behavioural goals, instructional methods and actual experiences of the learners" (Green 2001). Curriculum renewal is designed to enhance student learning responding to emerging societal trends, health care innovations and education practices (McLeod & Steinert 2015). All health curricula should be modified and regenerated on a regular basis (Davis & Harden 2003). We must embrace ongoing responsiveness - to meet teacher, student and societal expectations (McLeod & Steinert 2015) - with an evidence-based renewal of our program.