The emerging global-health paradigm requires medical teaching to be continuously refined and updated. To this end, transnational approaches should be encouraged, and medical training harmonized. Infectious diseases (ID) teaching in the current context of emerging infections, fast-increasing bacterial resistance, and large-scale human migration, was chosen to develop a common international course. We report the successful implementation of a joint European undergraduate course aiming to i) develop a common ID core curriculum among European medical students; ii) promote mobility among teachers and students; iii) promote international cooperation among European teachers. The course was built around teachers' mobility. It was delivered in English by a team of European medical educators from Paris Descartes University, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Rome and the University of Edinburgh to groups of 25-30 undergraduate medical students at each university. Partner institutions officially recognized the course as substitutive of, or additive to the regular curriculum. The course has been running for 3 years, and received excellent satisfaction scores from students and staff as regards to scientific content, pedagogy and international exchanges.This cooperative approach demonstrates the feasibility of a harmonized European undergraduate medical education, having ID as a test experiment for future developments.
- core curriculum, outcome-based curriculum, undergraduate pahse of education, medicine, teaching&learning