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Project title:
1) European Thematic Network Project MEDINE and The Tuning Project (Medicine) under its auspice [MEDINE]
2) Thematic Network in Medical Education in Europe [MEDINE2]

Coordinating institutions: University of Bristol & University of Edinburgh

Dates: October 2004 – December 2007; October 2009 – May 2013

Participant countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UK, Ukraine

Subject area(s): Medicine

Project objectives:
1) Agree on the core competences/learning outcomes for medical education in Europe, using methodology of the Tuning project
2) Develop a framework for international recognition of qualifications in the context of medical education and links with other professions
3) Develop quality assurance standards for the process of medical education to be applied in Europe
4) Enhance the transparency and public understanding of medical education – undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing – and its outcomes, within and outside Europe
5) Explore and develop links between medical education and research

1.1) Workpackage 4 (WP4) 1st Cycle. This study invited key stakeholders to indicate, on a Likert scale, to what extent they thought students should have achieved each of these learning outcomes on successful completion of the first three years of university education in medicine (Bachelor of Medicine). The objective was to generate an agreed set of learning outcomes/competences for 1st cycle Bachelor degrees in medicine, which would link systematically with our Tuning outcomes for primary medical degrees (2nd cycle), specify an appropriate degree of vertical curriculum integration and address issues of employability through a competence-based approach.
1.2) Workpackage 7 (WP7) Research competences (for all 3 cycles). A research-based approach, developed by the Tuning project, was used previously by the MEDINE Thematic Network to gain consensus on core learning outcomes / competences for primary medical degrees, but no consensus was reached for learning outcomes relating to research. As part of MEDINE2, a focused Tuning project was undertaken to explore opinions on detailed core learning outcomes in research for all three Bologna cycles (Bachelor, Master, and Doctor).
1.3) Workpackage 3 (WP3) Tuning process. The objective is to produce a set of products directly linked to the Tuning learning outcomes for primary medical degree programmes in Europe œ the Tuning Toolkit. This will include everything that a medical school needs to evaluate their learning outcomes against the Tuning framework. The Task Force supports medical schools in using these products and applying the results to their educational programme in medicine (Tuning Process).

Project website: http://www.tuning-medicine.com/ and http://medine2.com/Public/about.html


Outcomes in terms of documents and publications:

book_blackLearning Outcomes/ Competences for Undergraduate Medical Education in Europe book_blackTuning Educational Structures in Europe. Subject area brochure Medicine. (Prepared for the Tuning Validation Conference for Health Care in Brussels on 22nd June 2007)



book_blackSupplement and corrections to Tuning Medicine Validation Brochure book_blackCompetences of European Medical Graduates



book_blackTuning learning outcomes for 3rd cycle degrees


To find out more about how this project used the Tuning methodology, check the Tuning Research section of the website or contact us directly.