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An Evidence Based Approach to Identifying Competencies for a Medical Curriculum: A Proposal Based on Medico-Legal Practice in Sri Lanka

Edussuriya Deepthi1,, Marambe Kosala2, Abeyasinghe Nilukshi3,, Jayawickramarajah Ponnampalam4

1Department of Forensic Medicine University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

2Medical Education Unit, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

3Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

4Medical Education and Research Unit, Eastern University, Sri Lanka

American Journal of Educational Research. 2013, 1(3), 107-109. DOI: 10.12691/education-1-3-8
Published online: August 25, 2017


Criteria for including content into undergraduate curricula should not be based purely on the enthusiasm of teachers. What is taught at undergraduate level should be based on the needs and expectations of society from medical graduates and therefore be evidence based. Forensic Medicine training at undergraduate level, in Sri Lanka was selected as an example of this proposed method. Forensic Medicine training at undergraduate level, in Sri Lanka, is not based on a formal process of needs assessment. It is not linked to the key priorities of the the ministry of justice (service recipient) or the ministry of health (service provider). The links between these institutions need to be utilised maximally in a formal way for workforce training and development. Unless this task is approached thoughtfully and systematically the curriculum would merely be a reflection of faculty interest rather than of stakeholder, student or public needs. This paper highlights a needs based approach that maybe utilized in developing a medico legal curriculum which can be applied in the development of curricula in other disciplines.


forensic medicine, undergraduate curricula, needs assessment, education, medico-legal system, curriculum revision, stakeholder interest, evidence based
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