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Medical graduate outcomes criteria to be developed

By Catherine Reilly - 14th Aug 2023

A project to develop national graduate outcomes criteria for all medical students in Ireland is set to advance in the coming weeks.

According to the Medical Council, it intends to adopt an outcomes-based approach to the continuum of medical education, training, and lifelong learning. 

“An outcomes-based approach to medical education facilitates the Council’s commitment to supporting safer and smoother transitions between the progressive stages of the professional development of doctors,” a spokesperson told the Medical Independent. “To assess and improve transitions between progressive stages of education, the Council needs to clarify the learning outcomes expected at each stage and has committed to beginning this process at the transition period into the intern year.”

The project is in the development stage and a draft request for tender document is currently with the Council’s general counsel for review before going live on eTenders.

“It is envisaged that the tender will be live by the end of August 2023, with the aim of a contract being awarded by the end of 2023. The project is envisaged to take 18 months to complete, and will be fully funded by the Medical Council,” added the spokesperson. 

Meanwhile, the Council has appointed Cardiff University to undertake a comprehensive qualitative review of the configuration of intern training posts in Ireland. “The review will consider the suitability of current posts as well as Medical Council guidelines on rotations, the existing statutory framework for intern training, national policy context, international standards and best practice, the current Irish healthcare context, and relevant reports,” stated the Council spokesperson.

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