"I want everybody to think about what the future will look like for our education mission, and to take the time to use your imagination to help design that future. Let's take what is unique about Oregon and the School of Medicine and incorporate that into a new curriculum."
- Charge from Dean Mark Richardson
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What will society need from physicians and health care professionals over the next 20 to 30 years?
In 1994, the OHSU School of Medicine answered that question by implementing a major revision of our MD curriculum. The curriculum balanced the scientific basis of medicine with early clinical experience, and emphasized independent, life-long learning and problem-solving skills. Our focus on what was then a cutting-edge approach to education earned us a national reputation. Over the past two decades, however, the external landscape continued to evolve and now is doing so at an ever-faster pace: health care reform, changing delivery models, a new focus on the rapid clinical applications of research, and an explosion of information technology and associated tools – from smart phones to the electronic health record. It's again time to ask (and answer) the same question.
The OHSU School of Medicine has embarked on an exciting initiative to transform our Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) curriculum, while retaining the best of its current design. Broadly, our goals are to prepare health care professionals for the changing health care delivery and discovery environments, and to do so in ways that continue placing emphasis on self-directed and also include life-long and interprofessional education. Equally important, our learning environment can – must – evolve to embrace the abilities and preferences of contemporary students through the creative use of technology and by seizing the educational opportunities newly opened up by this technology.
This website provides regular updates about the OHSU MD Curriculum Transformation Initiative. Information is also being posted on EdNews, an internal blog for faculty, students and others to share thoughts on the process. Questions or suggestions? Contact the Office of the Dean
Curriculum transformation interim report available
A phase one interim report for the School of Medicine’s M.D. Curriculum Transformation initiative is now available. It summarizes most of the work to date. This multi-year process will transform the school’s Undergraduate Medical Education curriculum, while retaining the best of its current design. The initiative’s broad goals are to prepare health care professionals for the changing health care delivery and discovery environments, and to do so in ways that continue placing emphasis on self-directed and also include life-long and interprofessional education.
Highlights of the report include:
- Summary of student focus group sessions
- Summary of SoM Curriculum Transformation retreat
- Appendices: Work group notes, curriculum models and breakout group reports, and open-ended responses from retreat survey
M.D. Curriculum Transformation set stage for 2013 and beyond
The M.D. Transformation retreat set the stage for the next steps in the School of Medicine's curricular change process. It provided an opportunity to seek input from over 200 members of our community who attended, to get ideas flowing, to gather information which will inform next steps, and to keep the community informed and involved. Retreat attendees spanned the breadth of the school, with representatives from nearly every department, and including faculty, students, school and Foundation staff and alumni.
The overall tone for the retreat was set by Dean Mark Richardson, with his encouragement to think big about education at the School of Medicine.
"I want everybody to think about what the future will look like for our education mission, and to take the time to use your imagination to help design that future," said Dean Richardson. "Let's take what is unique about Oregon and the School of Medicine and incorporate that into a new curriculum."
In the weeks and months to come, continued involvement of our community of faculty, students and staff in the curricular development and assessment process will be essential. Stay up to date and share ideas and opinions by following the EdNews blog, and use this website to find resources and reports.
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