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Park, Bang, Choi, and Chae: Analysis of the curriculum of medical humanities and social medicine in Colleges of Korean Medicine based on KAS2021

Abstract

Objectives

The purpose of this study was to examine the curriculum of the medical humanities and social medicine at 11 Colleges of Korean Medicine (CKM) based on the Korean Medicine Education Accreditation Standards 2021 (KAS2021) and suggest ways to improve the quality of Korean Medical education in the future.

Methods

The curricula for each grade were collected from the websites of 11 CKM. Based on KAS2021, medical humanities and social medicine courses were extracted and compiled. Courses offered, frequency of course offerings, time of offerings, credits, and course hours were investigated.

Results

Courses in languages and literature were most frequently offered in CKM. Most medical humanities and social medicine courses were offered in the pre-medical program and the fourth year of the medical program and were conducted as individual courses. Developing a curriculum that integrates conceptual definitions of the medical humanities and social medicine with basic and clinical studies is necessary.

Conclusion

Eleven CKM should reorganize and operate their medical humanities and social medicine curricula based on each college’s circumstances. This will allow each college to improve the quality of its educational offerings, creating a foundation for fostering excellent korean medicine doctors with professional medical skills and communication skills.

Table 1
Types of medical humanities and social medicine courses and the number of colleges that offer the courses
Subfields Subjects No of colleges Classification
Medical Ethics Medical Ethical Studies, Medicine and Ethics, Medical Ethics, Medical Science Ethics, Korean Medicine Ethics 10 Required
Philosophy Eastern Philosophy, History of Eastern Philosophy, Medical Philosophy, Korean Medicine Philosophy 10 Required
Elective
Language and Literature English Medical English, English Conversation 4 Required
Chinese Chinese Reading, Chinese Conversation, Basic Chinese, Medical Chinese, Readings in Chinese Medical Literature, Intermediate Chinese, Chinese for Korean Medicine 7 Required
Elective
Other
Chinese Literature Medical Chinese Literature, Chinese Literature for Korean Medicine, Chinese Literature, General Chinese Literature, Ancient Medical Texts 11 Required
Elective
Other
Medical Statitics Medical Statistical Studies, Theories in Medical Statistics, Medical Statistics, Practice in Medical Statistics 9 Required
Elective
Health Informatics Korean Medicine Informatics, Medical Informatics 4 Required
Elective
Complementary and Alternative Medicine Complementary Integrated Medicine 1 Elective
Sociology of Medicine Medicine and Society 1 Elective
Medical Leadership Medical Leadership 1 Elective
Career Self-understanding and Career Design, Specialized Practice, Practice in Career Experience 3 Required
Science History Perception and History of Science 1 Elective
Business Administration Hospital Management, Hospital Management and Practice 4 Required
Elective
Forensic Medicine Forensic Medicine 6 Required
Elective
Public Health Law Health Law, Healthcare Law, Medical Law 11 Required
Medical Communication Medical Interviews, Medical Communication 2 Required
Elective
Medical Psychology Clinical Psychology, Psychology. 3 Required
Elective
Community Medicine Community Clinical Practice 1 Required
Medical Management Hospital Administration, Medical Management, Medical Insurance and Hospital Administration 3 Required
Table 2
Educational Status of Medical Humanities and Social Science Courses in 11 Colleges of Korean Medicine (Number: credit, Parentheses: hours)
Subject areas Demensions A B C D E F G H I J K Average of no courses
Medical Ethics Pre 1 2(2) 2(2) 2(2)

Med 2 1(2) 2(2) 1(2) 1(2) 2(2) 1(2)

Med 2 1(2)

Philosophy Pre 1 1(2) 2(2) 2(4) 4(6) 2(2) 2(2)

Med 2 2(4) 4(4) 1(2) 2(2)

Language and Literature English Pre 1 2(2) 2(4) 2(4)

Med 2 2(4)

Chinese Pre 1 2(4) 4(4) 2(4) 4(4)

Med 2 2(4) 1(2) 4(4) 2(4) 4(4)

Chinese Literature Pre 1 4(8) 4(8) 4(4) 2(4) 4(4) 4(4) 6(6) 4(4) 4(4)

Med 2 4(8) 3(6) 2(4) 4(6) 2(4) 3(4) 4(4) 6(8) 2(4)

Med 1 1(2)

Medical Statitics Pre 1 2(2)

Med 2 1(2) 1(2) 1(2) 2(2.5) 4(6) 1(2)

Med 2 2(2)

3 2(2)

Health informatics Pre 1 4(6)

Med 2 1(2) 2(2)

Med 1 1(2)

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Pre 2 1(2)
Med

Sociology of Medicine Pre 2 1(2)
Med

Medical Leadership Pre 1 1(2)
Med

Career Pre 1 1(1)
Med

Med 2 1(2)

4 5(10.7)

History of science Pre 1 1(2)
Med

Business Administration Med 4 1(2) 2(2) 1(2) 2(4)

Forensic Medicine Med 2 1(2) 1(2)

3 1(2) 1(2)

4 1(2) 2(2)

Public Health Law Med 2 1(2) 2(3)

3 2(4)

4 1(2) 2(4) 2(4) 2(2) 2(4) 4(4) 4(4) 2(2)

Medical Communication Med 2 1(2) 1(2)

Medical Psychology Med 1 1(2) 1(2)

3 2(4)

Community Medicine Med 4 4(8)

Medical Management Med 4 1(2) 1(1) 2(2)

Total Pre-Med 6 7 7 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5.36

Med 3 4 3 3 3 1 2 2 3 5 4 3.00

1) Pre Medical Course(Pre-med), Medical Course(Med)

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