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COMSEP 2012 Indianapolis Meeting

Platform Presentation:

Building a Canadian Paediatric Curriculum with National Vision and Consensus

Susan L Bannister, MD - University of Calgary; Diane Moddemann, MD - University of Manitoba; Melanie Lewis, MD - University of Alberta


The Paediatric Undergraduate Program Directors of Canada (PUPDOC) have developed an undergraduate paediatric curriculum that addresses unique educational, health and societal issues in Canada.   It is strategically designed to be concise, relevant, and hence easily translatable to both teachers and learners. 



  1. To develop an undergraduate paediatric curriculum that is Canadian in context and is aligned with the driving forces of education in Canada (CanMEDS, Medical Council of Canada, Child Health in the 21st Century, Future of Medical Education in Canada). 
  2. To develop a curriculum that is based upon a sound pedagogical foundation. 
  3. To develop a curriculum that strategically embraced key stakeholders in undergraduate education in Canada.



The curriculum was designed utilizing Kern’s six steps to curriculum development.  Through a consensus building and iterative processes, principles were articulated that guided curriculum design.  The principles are:  adaptable to individual medical schools, flexible, shared and free to the end user, not for profit, based on best practices in medical education, a matrix of objectives, resources, and assessment components, aligned with key stakeholders, Canadian context, and bilingual.  A mission was developed.


Analysis / Evaluation:

This is a dynamic curriculum with planned review and revision to keep pace with the education needs of our students, the national licensing objectives of Canada, and the available resources.  We are building a process of continued quality assurance and program evaluation into our work.



The curriculum is expressed in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada competency-based CanMEDS framework.  Twenty-six core clinical presentations emerged following analysis and cross reference with key documents related to paediatric undergraduate and generalist medical education.  A further process identified key conditions stemming from the core presentations.  To help guide the preclinical paediatric curriculum, foundational knowledge related to each core presentations was identified through a rigorous consensus building process.



We have developed a comprehensive curriculum that addresses the unique educational needs of educators and medical students in Canada. This has been a truly collaborative national project with key stakeholders involved in all stages of development.