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Anales de la Facultad de Ciencias Médicas (Asunción)

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GARCIA, Héctor Atilio et al. Transversal competences development in the first three years of the 2015 curriculum of the school medical sciences: an approach from the perception of the key actors. An. Fac. Cienc. Méd. (Asunción) [online]. 2021, vol.54, n.3, pp.67-84. ISSN 1816-8949.


The transversal competences are those that shape and model the profile of the new type of doctor we wanted to train in the innovative 2015 curriculum of the course of studies of Medicine of the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the National University of Asunción, so it is essential that they are implemented in the early years of the course of studies, according to the statement in the vision and mission of it.


The objective was to describe and interpret the implementation of these transversal competencies, according to the perception of key actors: students and teachers.

Materials and methods:

This was a qualitative research, with a hermeneutic approach, because it allowed us to get in touch with the opinions and experiences of students and teachers. We grouped the information into 5 main categories: ethics, humanism, teamwork, leadership and environmental responsibility. Doing so lead us to an interpretation of such information.


Ethics and humanism are mostly perceived in extramural activities; teamwork is visualized in all subjects but requires adjustments in methodology and finally, both environmental responsibility and leadership are not perceived as intentional in any subject and/or other issues of the new curriculum.


This research has allowed us to know in-depth information and assess the degree of implementation of transversal competencies, given the strong statements of the reporting subjects on the categories investigated. The way to insert transversal competences in the new curriculum should be reconsidered.

Palabras clave : transversal competences; curriculum; perception..

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