Background: In 2013, Taiwan launched a curriculum reform—the 7-year undergraduate medical education program was shortened to 6 years. This study explored the evaluation results from students regarding the curriculum reform and investigated graduates’ perceptions regarding the curriculum organization of the two academic training programs affected by this curricular reform. Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted from May 14 to June 12, 2019. The 315 graduates from both the 7-year and 6-year curriculum programs in the same medical school in Taipei were invited to participate in this study. In total, 197 completed questionnaires were received, representing a response rate of 62.5%. The results of the principal component analysis confirmed the validity of the constructs employed in this self-administered questionnaire. Results: The t-test results yielded two main findings. First, the graduates from the 6-year program had significantly lower scores for preparedness for the upcoming postgraduate-year residency training than did their 7-year program counterparts. Additionally, the male graduates had significantly higher scores in terms of perceptions regarding curriculum organization and preparedness for postgraduate-year residency training than the female graduates. The results of stepwise regression also indicated that the sex difference was significantly correlated with graduates’ readiness for their postgraduate-year residency training. Conclusion: To avoid sex disparities in career development, a further investigation of female medical students’ learning environment and conditions is necessary. In addition to the cross-sectional study of students’ perceptions, further repeated measurements of the objective academic or clinical performance of graduates in clinical settings are desirable.

Original languageEnglish
Article number296
JournalBMC Medical Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022


  • Curricular reform
  • Curriculum
  • Student preparedness
  • Undergraduate medical education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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