Studies of medical school curricula need not meet the criteria of systematic experimental designs. Instead of compromising aspects of the curriculum to meet such requirements as random sampling, the authors suggest the development of representative curricular research. Such designs require the development of population validity, ecological validity, and referent generality. Examples of these aspects of representative design are derived from the development of a health-maintenance-organization-based primary care curriculum.
The project cited here was supported by a subcontract from the Bureau of Health Manpower, Health Resources Administration, to the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry through the Department of Health Services at the Association of American Medical Colleges.
Dr. Grover formerly was assistant professor in the Division of Medical Education and Communication and the School of Nursing, University of Rochester; he is now associate professor and director of the Department of Educational Communications, State University of New York Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse. Mr. Ravitch is associate in the Division of Medical Education and Communication and assistant professor in the College of Education, University of Rochester.
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