Table 1

Comparison between essential core competencies recommended by KI and FGDs and current curricula

Core competencies recommended in FGDs and KII

Medicine Curriculum (Source: 2003 curricula revision)

Nursing Curriculum (Source: 2003 curricula revision)


Good alignment between stated core competencies and FGD and KII recommendations, yet poor systematic integration into course objectives and learning activities.


Knowledge (discipline, medico-legal, population, health and health systems)

present

present

Discipline specific clinical skills for patient management (history taking, assessment of patient, performance of procedures, and formulation of a management plan)

present

present

Professional development skills (lifelong learning)

present

present

Education

dispersed

present, required course


Highlighted by FGD and KII as areas not adequately addressed in the implementation of nursing and medicine curricula


Communication and interpersonal skills

present

present

Professional behavior

present

present

Health promotion and disease prevention

present

present

Community health skills

present

present


Highlighted by FGD and KII as areas not adequately addressed in the implementation of nursing and medicine curricula. Present at varying levels in the two curricula.


Research

dispersed

present, required course and research study

Management and Leadership

dispersed

present, required course


Core competencies recommended by FGD and KII but not in the core curricula. This highlights the gaps between competencies and curricula necessary to meet Ugandan health goals


Systems-based practice

absent

absent

Continuous improvement of services

absent

absent

Information Technology skills

absent

absent


Kiguli et al. BMC International Health and Human Rights 2011 11(Suppl 1):S3   doi:10.1186/1472-698X-11-S1-S3

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