These frequently asked questions will be regularly updated and added to as the project progresses. If you have a question that is not answered here, please let us know (med.md2025@uq.edu.au). 

Latest update: 19th September 2019

What is MD2025?

  • MD2025 is a major curriculum review
  • MD2025 will revisit the purpose and values; graduate attributes/outcomes; learning and teaching, and assessment principles; structure and approaches to delivery of the Medical Program at UQ. 
  • It will create something that is innovative, meets changing patient and population needs and stands UQ apart from other programs both here and overseas
  • As such, it represents the next step in the continuous improvement of our Medical Program. 
  • It will also complement and enable our work with our regional partners in support of end to end changes to the continuum of medical education and training to deliver a more sustainable medical workforce.

Why are we reviewing our Curriculum?

  • The healthcare sector is rapidly changing in response to a rise in chronic conditions and co-morbidity, ageing populations and significant health inequity across our communities
  • These changes have already had a direct impact on models of care with a shift towards prevention, team-based care, digital healthcare, primary care and other forms of community-based practice
  • Increasing use of technology in both health and education similarly requires doctors of the future to employ a new range of skills
  • Whilst the MD is recognised as a ‘flagship’ program for the University of Queensland, available performance data comparing us with our Go8 counterparts has highlighted opportunities for improvement (including in the areas of student demographics, student satisfaction and intern readiness)

How long will it take?

MD2025 will be delivered in two collaborative stages:

  1. Design (now – March 2020)
  2. Detailed Curriculum Development (from March 2020 through to the commencement of students in the new program)

What will the first Stage of MD2025 achieve?

The Design Stage will:

  • Articulate the program purpose and values;
  • Describe the attributes of a future UQ Medical Program graduate;
  • Recognise current strengths across the program and ensure these are not lost;
  • Capture innovative ideas and best practices;
  • Develop principles to guide teaching and learning and assessment in the program;
  • Set out the high level design (i.e. shape) of the program; and
  • Identify curriculum design ‘champions’ (subject matter experts who will lead design activities for specific elements)

How will the curriculum review be conducted?

  • A key focus is on engaging widely and meaningfully with a broad range of stakeholders who will contribute to the design
  • Multiple engagement and communication channels will be utilised with an emphasis on face-to-face engagement
  • The internal stakeholder engagement approach will include a mix of visits to our campuses and clinical sites and follow up discussions, targeted consultation and workshops on specific design elements - over 20 workshops have been held to date with more sessions planned for November
  • Our colleagues over at UQ's Ochsner Clinical School will also be running stakeholder workshops in parallel with those being run here in Queensland.  Feedback from these sessions will be shared with the project team
  • The external stakeholder engagement approach will include face to face discussions, written correspondence with Alumni, community groups, government, not for profit organisations, partners and the private sector
  • Following on from the consultation period will be the process of identifying opportunities, articulating design principles and designing the new curriculum itself
  • The design process itself will require further consultation and engagement particularly with identified subject matter experts and design workshop leaders
  • The Project Steering Committee will sign off on all project deliverables including the High-level Design

How can I get involved?

  • Workshops for MD2025 commenced back in July with the project leadership team having now met with over 350 colleagues and students across 20+ workshops in 17 or more campus and clinical site locations.  Plans are underway for more workshops to be held in November.
  • You can also run your own workshop with colleagues.   A workshop outline and presentation is available to support you in doing this.
  • You are encouraged to attend a workshop and have your say. Alternatively, please submit your ideas, feedback, questions or the outcomes from your workshop discussions using the form below or send through to the project mailbox (med.md2025@uq.edu.au).

I haven't attended a workshop, can I still contribute?

The first round of 20+ workshops has involved over 350 colleagues across our broader medical program community here in Queensland as well as over 70 colleagues associated with the UQ-Ochsner Medical Program in New Orleans.

The majority of these initial sessions are now complete.  If you haven't had an opportunity to attend a workshop, we encourage you to submit feedback using the feedback buttons on this webpage or alternatively, email us at med.md2025@uq.edu.au.

The next round of workshops and discussions will be held in November and are currently being scheduled.  Further details on these sessions will be advertised via email and here on this webpage.

The focus of these sessions will be on sharing the insights from the initial round of workshops and getting input to the proposed purpose, values, principles and future graduate attributes for the UQ medical program and considering the future program design. 

 

 

Where can I read more about trends and insights into healthcare and medical education?

The project team have established a resources page  that includes key policy, research and discussion documents regarding trends in healthcare, higher education and medical education.  

We will be adding to this page as additional resources are identified.

If you have an additional article or other relevant piece of thought leadership that you would like to contribute, email it through to the project team at med.md2025@uq.edu.au