Key curricular outcomes for clinical pharmacology and therapeutics education in Europe
Period: March 2017 - October 2017
Prescribing drugs safely and effectively is a fundamental skill that medical graduates must acquire, because after graduation they will prescribe drugs on a daily basis, often with minimal supervision. Effective undergraduate education in clinical pharmacology and therapeutics (CPT) is therefore essential. However, recent studies have shown that final-year medical students in Europe lack essential prescribing competencies and that there is marked variation in quantity and quality of CPT education within and between European countries. This has potential consequences for patient safety. To redress this situation, a collaborative effort is required to harmonise and modernise the CPT teaching and assessment at an undergraduate level. A first step towards an unified core curriculum is to define key curricular outcomes that European medical students should have acquired at the point of graduation. Previous studies on this topic lack methodological quality, sufficient details and are merely focused on local settings in the UK, the Netherlands and Sweden. In this Delphi study, we aim to establish key curricular outcomes for teaching and assessing clinical pharmacology and therapeutics during the undergraduate medical curriculum in Europe. Read the study protocol for more information (see below).