MBBS Curriculum 2020

The exciting new MBBS Curriculum 2020 at the GKT School of Medical Education includes features designed to enhance:

  • Critical thinking
  • Coping with change
  • Integration of physical and mental health care for “whole-person” medicine
  • Patient-centred care
  • Integration of academic and clinical training for three years, beginning in Stage 1
  • Longitudinal placement

Among the innovations is a philosophy module “Belief and Decision under Uncertainty” in Stage 1 of the programme, in which students will learn key philosophical, probabilistic, decision-theoretic, and interpretive concepts – such as justified belief, base-rate neglect, utility, dominance, and auxiliary hypotheses – for identifying and analysing the dimensions of difficult decision problems under incomplete information. By studying sound reasoning they will learn effective means of using one’s cognitive labour, and they will study a variety of different concepts of health. Students will meet in weekly 15-person seminars, and be assessed by an essay in which they use these tools to analyse a medical example.

Module Staff:

Lecturer and Convenor: Professor Sherrilyn Roush, Peter Sowerby Chair in Philosophy and Medicine, Department of Philosophy