© 2013

Quality Assurance in Medical Education

A Practical Guide


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Geraldine MacCarrick
    Pages 1-12
  3. Geraldine MacCarrick
    Pages 13-24
  4. Geraldine MacCarrick
    Pages 25-37
  5. Geraldine MacCarrick
    Pages 39-47
  6. Geraldine MacCarrick
    Pages 49-55
  7. Geraldine MacCarrick
    Pages 57-66
  8. Geraldine MacCarrick
    Pages 67-78
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 79-81

About this book


Medical schools across the globe are increasingly being challenged to adopt best practice in training future doctors. Increased accountability as well as rapidly advancing educational and health care developments call for increased sophistication on the part of health educators.


Quality Assurance in Medical Education: A Practical Guide is an easy-to-read, practical guide for any medical school preparing for accreditation or institutional review.  It contains guidance on the use of internationally accepted standards with a particular focus on what external accrediting bodies look for both before and during their site visit.  This book will be particularly helpful to faculties engaged in medical curriculum reform or renewal and those embarking on development of a new curriculum or part thereof, where compliance with internationally accepted standards is paramount.


This book will appeal to medical school faculties as well as faculties from other health professions schools and post graduate programs who are preparing for either high stakes accreditation or internal review.  It will also appeal to agencies responsible for accrediting medical schools who wish to become more familiar with the international standards.


Assessment Evaluation International Standards Medical Education Quality Assurance

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1., School of Medicine and DentistryJames Cook UniversityCairnsAustralia

Bibliographic information


From the reviews:

“This is intended as a ‘practical guide for medical educators preparing their medical education program for independent review.’ … The book serves a good purpose and meets the author’s objectives. … The discussion is broad and principled. … Particularly useful are the practical suggestions regarding development of a curriculum database, visual description of program design, and the enumeration of resources. … this book, though small, is worth reading and is recommended for those preparing for an institutional review.” (Frank R. Ames, Doody’s Review Service, January, 2013)

“This book is a handy DIY manual on the process of designing and implementing a quality assured medical education program … . the book is small but reads much more coherently than some more detailed downloadable guidelines or multi-author compilations. As the subtitle specifies it is a ‘practical guide’, and this is its strength because it lays down the circumspect essentials of how to get started and provides a synoptic view of what can otherwise unwittingly extrapolate into a convoluted, counterproductive exercise.” (Sushil Dawka, Internet Journal of Medical Update, Vol. 8 (1), January, 2013)