About the Process

The Curriculum Renewal Steering Committee serves as the overall coordinating body for the curriculum renewal process and along with former Dean Rothman developed the charge for the Modeling Committees. Each member of the Steering Committee also serves as a liason on a Modeling Committee to ensure good communication flow.

The four Modeling Committees consist of 19 faculty, formally trained educators, and students with a faculty member serving as the committee chair. The committees met at least weekly from April from September with the goal of developing independent models for a new curriculum.

photos: retreat activities

Above: At the recent Curriculum Renewal retreat, modeling committees broke into groups to discuss opportunities and challenges for each of the four presented curriculum models.

The committees were challenged to think about not just the present, but also about the attitudes, knowledge, and skills graduates entering practice will need in 2020. In addition, the committees will be expected to integrate these competencies with anticipated technologic advances, societal issues as well as the needs of various stakeholders and then develop models that reflect that integration.

Charge to the Modeling Committees

The modeling committees were encouraged to be creative and allowed to work with a minimum of design constraints. The committees' charge was to design an educational structure that will:

  • address patient and societal needs that are anticipated to significantly impact the delivery of healthcare in the near future.
  • improve integration of basic, clinical, and social sciences both within and across all four years.
  • provide earlier clinical experience and appropriate skill development to support that experience.
  • promote learner-centered education, student well-being, engagement, and active learning.
  • encompass existing collegiate and educational competencies for students.
  • maximize use of education and information technologies.
  • flexibly accomodate replacement of outdated content with new knowledge.
  • enable individualized progress through the curriculum as appropriate.

In addition, the committees were asked to critique their models regarding:

  • benefits/advantages
  • risks/disadvantages
  • costs to implement and maintain
  • resource requirements (people, facilities, technology, etc.)