UCalgary-led open-access medical curriculum recognized by United Nations

Free resources now available to medical students and educators around the world; Open Education Week on campus March 5-9

The University of Calgary's David Keegan teaches with the Shared Canadian Curriculum in Family Medicine — a collaboration between medical schools across Canada to strengthen training of students. The project was recently recognized by the UN under its Sustainable Development Goals initiative. Photo by Riley Brandt, University of Calgary

By Andrea Kingwell, for the Cumming School of Medicine

Making math flashcards to learn multiplication tables is straightforward enough. Likewise for the names of Canadian prime ministers. But what do you put on flashcards for family medicine?

That’s one of the questions a pan-Canadian group of family medicine educators grappled with over several years. With leadership from the Cumming School of Medicine (CSM) at the University of Calgary and the involvement of over 40 family medicine students and several residents, they worked together to develop a comprehensive collection of educational resources.

The result is the Shared Canadian Curriculum in Family Medicine (SHARC-FM), a free, open-access, national curriculum. It includes not just those point-of-care clinical flashcards for students to refer to as they look after patients, but also virtual patient cases, references and assessment tools, all aligned with the core topics in the family medicine curriculum.

The course and tools were recently recognized by the United Nations (UN) as a partner resource for medical students and educators throughout the world as part of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The program will be showcased at the university’s Open Education Week March 5 to 9.

Read the full article in UToday