Clinical pharmacology and therapeutics in undergraduate medical education in the UK: current status.

British journal of clinical pharmacology

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Walley T, Bligh J, Orme M, Breckenridge A. Clinical pharmacology and therapeutics in undergraduate medical education in the UK: current status. Br J Clin Pharmacol. 1994;37(2):129-35.
1. Medical undergraduate education is currently undergoing major changes in the UK in response to calls for the development of a core curriculum. Teaching in clinical pharmacology and therapeutics will also change to meet these demands. A postal survey was conducted to assess the current status of teaching in these subjects. 2. A questionnaire based on previous similar surveys conducted elsewhere was sent to departments or individuals in 27 medical schools in the UK; 22 (81%) replied. 3. Departmental priorities were defined as (in order): clinical research, undergraduate teaching, basic scientific research and clinical service provision. No change in these priorities in the future was foreseen by respondents. 4. Teaching methods were for the most part traditional, with the lecture as the most widely used and important technique. Specific clinical teaching was conducted by some and was considered very important by them. Teaching by problem solving was much less common. 5. Respondents were asked for free text comments; many of the remarks suggested dissatisfaction with the resources and time currently available for teaching in clinical pharmacology and therapeutics. Some expressed significant concerns that their teaching commitment would be reduced further by the development of the core curriculum.