A Framework for Developing, Implementing, and Evaluating a Cancer Survivorship Curriculum for Medical Students
Cancer survivorship care is not adequately addressed in current medical school curricula.
To develop, implement, and evaluate a modular cancer survivorship curriculum that is portable to other educational settings and is designed to provide medical students with a foundation of knowledge, attitudes, and skills related to care for cancer survivors.
An expert consensus panel developed a set of learning objectives related to cancer survivorship to guide the development of educational modules, such as computer-based self-instructional modules, problem-based learning cases, videos, and clinical exercises. Course and clerkship chairs were directly involved in the development and implementation of the modules.
A cohort study with a historical control group demonstrated that fourth-year medical students increased their knowledge in survivorship issues and their self-reported level of comfort in care activities compared to similar students who did not receive the survivorship curriculum.
Our framework resulted in a cancer survivorship curriculum that was implemented in a modular manner across the medical curriculum that improved learning and that is potentially portable to other educational settings.
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- 1. Center for Education Development and Research, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA, 60-051 Center for the Health Sciences, Box 951722, Los Angeles, CA, 90095, USA
- 2. Department of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA
- 3. Department of Psychiatry, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA
- 4. Department of Medicine, Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science and David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA
- 5. Department of Medicine, Center for Excellence in Pancreatic Diseases, David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles, USA