Medical Education Development

Center of Faculty Development

NTUCM Curriculum Mapping​​

Enhancing Medical Professionalism

--- Curriculum Reforms at National Taiwan University College of Medicine

The goals of NTUCM are:

  1. To equip physicians with modern medical knowledge and a conceptual basis from which to improve human health.
  2. To develop medical specialists and scientists with the skills necessary to teach and conduct worldclass research in medicine and health sciences.
  3. To promote research in biomedicine and health sciences in order to solve local health problems and contribute to advancements in biomedical knowledge.

To achieve these goals, NTUCM has established the following educational objectives:

  1. To nurture medical professionals able to meet the changing societal needs of the 21st century.
  2. To train a new generation of healthcare providers, leaders, researchers and educators able to develop innovations in medical care, academic research and medical education.

NTUCM has been engaged in medical education curricular reforms since 1992. The current program emphasizes general as well as specialist education, and scientific as well as humanistic professional competencies. Under this improved curriculum, students develop professionalism, vision and critical thinking, in line with the NTUCM tradition of the pursuit of excellence. The new curriculum features small group tutorials, which helps students to develop habits of active learning and familiarity with scientific methods. NTUCM students go on to become medical experts who are able to solve problems, generate new knowledge and conduct independent and groundbreaking investigations.

The shared mission of NTUCM's Graduate Institutes is to cultivate medical research experts and raise academic standards in medical education. With an enriching environment, an excellent support system and first-class instruction, students are well-prepared to conduct innovative research and engage in life-long learning throughout their careers.

In order to achieve the educational goals outlined above, extensive administrative changes have taken place at NTUCM over the past two decades. In 1992, the Office of Academic Affairs was restructured to include curriculum, evaluation and education. The Office for Medical Education was established at National Taiwan University Hospital (NTUH) that same year, followed by the establishment of college-level Curriculum Committees and Education Development Committees in 1993. The Education division of the Office of Academic Affairs became the Office of Medical Education in 1995, and was divided into teaching, planning, integration, development and evaluation in 1996. Eleven years later, in 2007, the Office was restructured to include tutorial instruction, curriculum integration, research and development, teaching evaluation and general education. The NTUCM Office of Medical Education is currently supervised by the Curriculum Committee, while the NTUH Office of Medical Education is supervised by the Clinical Medical Education Committee. Additionally, a Faculty Development Committee was founded to promote the long-term development of medical education.

Due to changes in Taiwanese society and advancements in medical technology, the traditional medical education system was no longer able to meet Taiwan's needs at the turn of the 21st century. Curriculum reform at NTUCM was therefore initiated, leading to the integration of basic and clinical sciences, the foundation of a core curriculum including medical humanities courses and the implementation of student-centered active learning and problem-based small group tutorials. Beginning in 2008, NTUCM reformed both the formal and the “hidden” curricula in an effort to strengthen medical professionalism. Identified stakeholders were invited to discuss and reach a consensus on the essential competencies of College of Medicine graduates; and the curriculum was then revised according to this multi-stakeholder consensus. For example, standardized patients were introduced into the longitudinal curriculum in order to foster students' communication competency. NTUCM also instituted an award for altruism, in order to counterbalance the usual emphasis on medical students' academic performance. In August 2014, NTUCM established a Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Bioethics, reinforcing the College of Medicine's capacity and reputation as a national and global leader in medical education.