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The Swedish Higher Education Authority grants degree-awarding powers to LU’s new medical programme

2020-11-10

In autumn 2021, the first students will be admitted to the new six-year medical programme. This will be possible because the Swedish Higher Education Authority (Universitetskanslerämbetet, UKÄ) has given Lund University permission to grant degrees for the new, extended education programme.

Porträtt Christer Larsson. Foto: Kennet Ruona.
Christer Larsson, Chairman of the Programme Board for the medical programme at Lund University Photo: Kennet Ruona

Efforts to revamp Lund University’s medical programme have been underway since 2013, when Stefan Lindgren presented his investigation on behalf of the government, in which he proposed, among other things, an extension of the medical programme. The new education programme has a new qualification descriptor and new objectives for a medical degree. In March, the university submitted a comprehensive application to UKÄ for permission to grant degrees in the new medical programme, and UKÄ has now agreed to award these powers.

Good cooperation with Region Skåne

As early as autumn 2018, the medical programme at Lund University had been redesigned and restructured in a manner adapted to its subsequent expansion from eleven to twelve semesters.
“A massive number of people have been involved in the development work over the last six or seven years, and we have had a very good cooperation with Region Skåne,” says Christer Larsson, Chairman of the Programme Board for the medical programme at Lund University.

Adaptations are underway

He believes that the programme’s new objectives have a health-promoting perspective that is in line with the future of healthcare, and says that in recent years, Lund University has gradually begun to adapt to the new objectives. 
“Among other things, we have added global health, expanded ethics, and worked hard to incorporate scientific data in virtually every semester, in a more structured way.” 

Ensures the fulfilment of the objectives

In a statement issued prior to the decision, UKÄ praised Lund University for its description of how the programme’s objectives would be achieved.
“One step in this is that we’ve created an examination committee with an examiner for each semester, as a way to ensure that students achieve the objectives. It’s easy to see the exam – the knowledge test – as the only summative assessment, but there are many other things to be taken into consideration, such as more complicated reasoning, practical skills and approach. That’s why we’ve introduced assessments and feedback in the clinical work, so that students receive a lot of feedback and the examiner gains a good basis for decisions.”

New framework

As a complement to the new system of qualifications, representatives of all of Sweden’s ten medical programmes have worked to develop a framework, Entrustable Professional Activities (EPA), for various activities that future doctors should be prepared to handle upon graduation. Lund University’s contributions to this effort have been led by Peter Svensson, Björn Rosengren and Christina Gummesson. 

By Sara Liedholm

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