Background and purpose of the Steering Committee
The Medical Student Education Committee (MSEC) conducts a systematic and comprehensive evaluation of all required courses and clerkships, phases of the curriculum, and the curriculum as a whole on a prescribed, periodic basis. Following the evaluation of the curriculum as a whole, appropriate modifications are implemented to the curriculum and Institutional Educational Objectives (IEOs). The purpose of this Periodic and Comprehensive Evaluation of the Curriculum is to assure a coherent and coordinated curriculum, pursuant to LCME Element 8.3 (Curricular Design, Review, Revision/Content Monitoring). Ad hoc Working Groups to evaluate the curriculum are convened during year four of the curriculum review cycle. Curriculum modifications are planned in year five of the curriculum review cycle.
In the February 2020 letter from LCME detailing findings from the survey visit for full accreditation, Standard 8 (Curricular Management, Evaluation, and Enhancement) was determined to be noncompliant. Evidence cited student dissatisfaction with the coordination and integration within and between first and second years of the curriculum and integration across courses. This information together with the findings from the Ad hoc Working Groups provides an ideal opportunity to improve the curriculum based on emerging best educational practices and aligned with our vision and mission.
The steering committee will work under the oversight of the Executive Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs. The committee will be made up of the Chair of MSEC, Associate Dean and Chief of Staff, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, and Vice Chair for Education from the Department of Biomedical Sciences, the Director of Medical Student Education from the Department of Family Medicine, and a representative from leadership of the IPE programs. University and additional College of Medicine faculty and administrators will serve as consultants to the committee as needed. MSEC will help refine plans and have responsibility for implementation and management of the curriculum.
- Ivy Click, Ed.D., Assistant Dean for Curriculum (Chair)
- Brian Cross, PharmD., Director of Interprofessional Education & Research Programs
- Beth Ann Fox, M.D., Associate Dean/Chief of Staff
- Tom Kwasigroch, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Student Affairs
- Jason Moore, M.D., Director of Medical Student Education, Family Medicine
- Ken Olive, M.D., Executive Associate Dean for Academic & Faculty Affairs
- Rob Schoborg, Ph.D., Vice Chair for Education, Biomedical Sciences
- David Taylor, M4 Student
Charge - Goal
Provide recommendations for curricular transformation based on findings from the review of the curriculum, LCME accreditation survey visit, emerging medical education innovations, and additional information gathered from various stakeholders. Recommendations will include a timeline for implementation and outline resources required for success.
Charge - Agenda
- Review evidence of strengths and areas of improvement in the undergraduate medical school curriculum.
- Explore and evaluate new curriculum models based on best medical educational practices to address the current challenges of health care.
- Consider approaches to address horizontal and vertical integration of basic science and clinical medicine within and between years and across courses.
- Consult with medical education experts and administrators from institutions who have implemented innovative approaches to medical education such as accelerated pathways, competency-based curricula, and systems-based approaches.
- Develop and present to MSEC for approval the best options for a comprehensive new curriculum for the MD program that is aligned with the College of Medicine mission.
- Work with the Office of Academic Affairs and MSEC to assist with the implementation of a comprehensive new curriculum.