The new curriculum begins fall 2014

October 1, 2012 - After months of planning, gathering information, and designing a forward-looking curriculum that will prepare Carver College of Medicine graduates for the challenges of a 21st century career in medicine, the Curriculum Steering Committee, along with Acting Dean Hammond and Dean Schwinn, have determined that the Carver College of Medicine's new curriculum will be fully implemented starting with entering students in the Fall of 2014. One of the three major strands (Clinical and Professional Skills) will begin for students entering in the fall of 2013 as well as 6 months of Pathways in their senior year. View the evolving timeline.

In broad strokes, the new curriculum will operate along three Strands: Mechanisms of Health and Disease (MOHD), Clinical and Professional Skills (CAPS), and Medicine and Society (MAS). These strands will help to integrate the learning process, weaving together classroom and clinical experiences to maximize learning and skill building.

Model of the new curriculum

Model of the new curriculum showing the three Strands (click to enlarge).

The next step in the implementation of the curriculum will be to recruit course and strand directors who will develop and deliver courses for this exciting, 4-year curriculum. Several new curricular components are anticipated to be rolled out for the students beginning in 2013 including pilots for our Clinical and Professional Skills (CAPS) strand as well as 6 months of Pathways in their senior year. The Course Directors will design, develop and implement the courses, while the Strand Directors oversee the broader concepts of the interlaced curriculum, ensuring individual strands form a coherent longitudinal curriculum and is coordinated with the other strands to form a trully integrated 4-year curriculum. To facilitate the integration of basic science with clinical relevance each of the MOHD 1-4 courses will be co-directed by a basic scientist and a clinician. It is anticipated that MOHD 1 and 3 will cover Genetics, Metabolism and Oxygenation, while MOHD 2 and 4 will cover the Immunology, Musculoskeletal/Dermatologic/Trauma and Neuropsychiatric topics. Here is a breakdown of the hours required for each strand:

  • Foundation Course- 4-5 Semester Hours (SH)
  • CAPS 1 and MAS 1- 3 SH each
  • CAPS 2 and Caps 3; MAS 2 and MAS 3- 4 SH each
  • MOHD1 course 4-5 SH
  • MOHD 2, 3, 4 and MOHD keystone- 6 SH each

Below you will find links to the reports of the task forces charged with identifying the critical elements of the curriculum in each of their areas, as well as a rough timeline for covering these areas over a 4 year curriculum. We would like to offer our thanks to the following people for offering their time and expertise to this undertaking.

Medicine and Society (MAS) Task Force

Documents:

Members:

  • Kristi Ferguson, Office of Consultation and Research in Medical Education (Co-chair)
  • Chuck Lynch, College of Public Health and Department of Pathology (Co-chair)
  • Claudia Corwin, College of Public Health
  • Mary Aquilino, College of Public Health
  • Penny Remboldt, Office of Student Affairs and Curriculum
  • Patricia Quinlisk, Iowa Department of Public Health
  • Xochiquetzal Martinez, Student
  • Dorian Kenleigh, Student

Clinical and Professional Skills (CAPS) Task force

Documents:

Members:

  • Marcy Rosenbaum (Co-chair)
  • Joseph Szot (Co-chair)
  • Manish Suneja, Nephrology
  • Dawn Ebach, Pediatrics
  • Tony Brenneman, Physician Assistant
  • Mike Miller, Emergency Medicine
  • Lauris Kaldjian, Bioethics and Medical Humanities

Musculoskeletal, Dermatologic, and Trauma Task force

Documents:

Members:

  • Jody Buckwalter (Orthopedics), Committee Co-Chair
  • Darren Hoffmann (Anatomy), Committee Co-Chair
  • Heather Bingham, Orthopedics & Rehabilitation
  • Fred Dietz, Orthopedics & Rehabilitation
  • Steven Moore, Pathology
  • Dionne Skeete, Surgery
  • Nathan Swailes, Anatomy
  • Michael Takacs, Emergency Medicine
  • Marta VanBeek, Dermatology
  • Scott Vogelgesang, Internal Medicine
  • Jaci Haugsdal, Student
  • Hannah Hoffmann, Student

Metabolism / Obesity and Organ Failure Task Force

Documents:

Members:

  • Peter Rubenstein- Co Chair
  • Andy Norris- Co Chair
  • Chris Adams, Endocrinology
  • Manish Aggarwal, Student
  • Pat Brophy, Pediatrics
  • Daniel Fox, Student
  • Leana Guerin, Pathology
  • Kamal Rahmouni, Pharmacology
  • Isaac Samuel, Surgery
  • Antonio Sanchez, Gastroenterology
  • Thomas Schmidt, Physiology
  • Linda Snetselaar, Epidemiology

Neuropsychiatry Task Force

Documents:

Members:

  • Pat Davis (Co-chair)
  • Jimmy Potash (Co-chair)
  • Kristi Chang, Otolaryngology
  • Reid Longmuir, Opthamology
  • Jess Fiedorowicz, Psychiatry
  • Tim Brennan, Anesthesiology/Pharmacology
  • Leslie Bruch, Neuropathology
  • Dan Tranel, Neuropsychology
  • Kathleen Sluka, Pain/Physical Therapy
  • Kale Bongers, MSTP Student
  • Joseph Carrera, M3

Genetics, Neoplasia, and Development Task Force

Documents:

Members:

  • Andrew Russo, Physiology (Co-chair)
  • Pamela Trapane, Pediatrics (Co-chair)
  • Ray Hohl, Hematology/Oncology
  • Matt Krasowski, Pathology
  • Ann Kwitek, Pharmacology
  • Jeff Murray, Neonatology
  • Jason Picconi, Medical Genetics
  • Judy Putney, Internal Medicine
  • Jennifer Schuchmann, Student
  • Marc Wold, Biochemistry
  • Jessica Zimmerman, Cardiology

Immunology/Infectious Disease Task Force

Documents:

Members:

  • Dan Diekema, Internal Medicine (Co-chair)
  • Wendy Maury, Microbiology(Co-chair)
  • Annette Schlueter, Transfusion Medicine
  • Jason Barker, Infectious Diseases
  • Jerry Weiss, Infectious Diseases
  • Alex Horswill, Microbiology
  • Stanley Perlman, Microbiology
  • Heather Hoops, Student
  • John Colgan, Rheumatology
  • Zuhair Ballas, Internal Medicine
  • Andrew Ackell, Student
  • Polly Ferguson, Rheumatology
  • Thomas Collins, Transplant Medicine

Oxygenation/Ischemia Task Force

Documents:

Members:

  • Nancy Rosenthal, Pathology (Co-chair)
  • Greg Schmidt, Pulmonology (Co-chair)
  • Brian Gehlbach, Internal Medicine
  • Peter Rubenstein, Biochemistry
  • John Moyers, Anesthesia
  • Michael Bates, Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Mark Chapleau, Cardiology
  • Adrienne Samar, Student
  • Lindsey Arnold, Student