Revista Cubana de Salud Pública
Print version ISSN 0864-3466
GARCIA, Juan César. Paradigms for the teaching of social sciences in the medical schools. Rev. cub. salud pública [online]. 2010, vol.36, n.4, pp. 371-380. ISSN 0864-3466. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0864-34662010000400014.
Some of the problems in teaching of social sciences at the medical schools were presented, together with the proposal of educational models to improve teaching in this field. The teaching of a discipline in a university career can not be planned without taking the guiding models of the general education into account, and then the specific disciplines are added. Up to the present, curricula do not show the unifying conceptual framework needed for this. Most of the health profession schools´ curricula in Latin America separate basic sciences from clinical sciences as well as the different prevention levels. Taking into consideration the advantages of integrated teaching in the above-mentioned aspects, the use of integrated educational models or paradigms was put forward. Leavell and Clark´s paradigms were provided as examples of educational models that might be used to design health profession curricula; at the same time, another model was suggested for the social sciences.
Keywords : Social sciences; medical schools; integrated models.