Engaging community organizations for undergraduate medical education curriculum renewal





Implication Statement

As part of its social accountability mission, the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine invited community service learning (CSL) partner organizations to a guided, virtual conversation on April 12, 2021 to contribute to the future strategic directions for our curriculum. Representatives of 15 organizations participated and provided insights into how they perceive CSL students, the Faculty of Medicine, and the process of assessment. This workshop forged stronger bonds between the university and these community organizations and led to recommendations for their greater involvement going forward, an approach that could be considered by other Faculties of Medicine.


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Author Biographies

Laura Muldoon, University of Ottawa

Director of Social Medicine, Faculty of Medicine

Craig Campbell, University of Ottawa

Curriculum Director, Faculty of Medicine

Claire E Kendall, University of Ottawa

Associate Dean, Social Accountability, Faculty of Medicine


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How to Cite

Muldoon L, Chenier A, Campbell C, Kendall CE. Engaging community organizations for undergraduate medical education curriculum renewal. Can. Med. Ed. J [Internet]. 2022 Sep. 6 [cited 2024 Apr. 12];14(2):150-2. Available from: https://journalhosting.ucalgary.ca/index.php/cmej/article/view/74013



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