In September 2005, the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University introduced a completely new curriculum called The COMPASS curriculum. The curriculum focuses on the mastery of fundamental concepts of in medicine. The COMPASS curriculum aims to ensure that our graduates have a good working understanding of biological, psychological and social mechansims and processes, as well as their impact on health and disease, based on principles of learning drawn from cognitive psychology. The COMPASS curriculum is structured to allow the integration of critically important fundamental concepts in medicine and affords an opportunity for students to have the time to practice applying these concepts to multiple different clinical problems.
The COMPASS curriculum is designed to allow McMaster medical students to attain the following competencies, based on the CanMEDS roles: