Towards Modern Basic Science Teaching in Medical Education

  • Yasser El Miedany


Integration of basic and clinical science knowledge is increasingly being recognized as important for practice in the health professions. Integration in modern medical curricula means abandoning the traditional discipline-based discreet segmentation and isolation of teaching and learning activities within “concrete” silos. Integration seeks to break down the barriers between subject areas in order to provide students with better learning opportunities that will facilitate the development of knowledge which is relevant and meaningful to clinical practice, deep, retrievable and amenable to alteration, updating and development as a part of an ongoing process of lifelong learning. In contrast to horizontal integration which refers to bringing together the disciplines, topics and subjects, vertical integration refers to bringing together basic and clinical science. However, to what extent shall basic sciences be incorporated in the medical teaching, what are the barriers and how do basic sciences fit into the medical practice? This chapter will try answering these questions. It will extend to include recent approaches to modern basic sciences teaching.


Basic science Education Medical teaching Blended learning Motivation Online learning Narrative Social intelligence Taylorized medicine 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yasser El Miedany
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.King’s College London, Darent Valley HospitalDartfordUK
  2. 2.Rheumatology and RehabilitationAin Shams UniversityCairoEgypt

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