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Novel modules to teach evolutionary medicine: an Australian and a Swiss experience


Rühli, Frank J; Häusler, Martin; Saniotis, Arthur; Henneberg, Maciej (2016). Novel modules to teach evolutionary medicine: an Australian and a Swiss experience. Medical Science Educator, 26(3):375-381.

Abstract

Objectives: Evolutionary medicine is a growing field focusing on the evolutionary basis of human diseases and their changes through time. The introduction of concepts of long- and shortterm evolution into the medical curricula is essential to acknowledge the variability of human biology.
Methods: Three courses of the EM taught at the University of Zurich and the University of Adelaide are presented by giving their general descriptions, full curricula, and the results of anonymized student evaluations.
Results: The presented courses meet a growing need and were positively received by the students. Most importantly, they seem to stimulate critical thinking about issues relating to health and evolution.
Conclusions The incorporation of these topics into curricula will allow future practitioners of health-related professions to apply principles of human evolution and its forces in their work.

Abstract

Objectives: Evolutionary medicine is a growing field focusing on the evolutionary basis of human diseases and their changes through time. The introduction of concepts of long- and shortterm evolution into the medical curricula is essential to acknowledge the variability of human biology.
Methods: Three courses of the EM taught at the University of Zurich and the University of Adelaide are presented by giving their general descriptions, full curricula, and the results of anonymized student evaluations.
Results: The presented courses meet a growing need and were positively received by the students. Most importantly, they seem to stimulate critical thinking about issues relating to health and evolution.
Conclusions The incorporation of these topics into curricula will allow future practitioners of health-related professions to apply principles of human evolution and its forces in their work.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Evolutionary Medicine
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
Uncontrolled Keywords:Disease . Curricula . Evolutionary medicine . Medical school
Language:English
Date:18 April 2016
Deposited On:24 Apr 2016 15:57
Last Modified:08 Dec 2017 19:24
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:2156-8650
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s40670-016-0245-8
Official URL:http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40670-016-0245-8/fulltext.html

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