Work Groups, Principles and Reports
Two new work groups have been formed and charged in conjunction with Phase 2 of the M.D. Curriculum Transformation initiative. These groups will address specific areas of the draft M.D. curriculum template: the scholarly project and core clinical experiences.
Each work group is made up of faculty, students and staff from a variety of departments. They will bothgather OHSU SoM data as well as other information about best practices, share ideas and possibilities, and create a report with recommendations; resources needed to carry them out, and references.
Core clinical experiences
The initial seven work groups were established to provide input and direction for the School of Medicine’s M.D. Curriculum Transformation initiative. These groups are based on the guiding principles developed by the steering committee and reflect the collaborative nature of this multi-year process.
What educational skills do our faculty need and perhaps would like to enhance for medical student education? What’s the best way to help faculty hone those skills? And what resources will be needed to support this professional development? Membership
Evaluation, assessment and tracking of students
What methods of student assessment work best for which types of learning objectives and competencies? What are the pros and cons of a pass/fail grading system for the pre-clerkship years? How can we best track student performance, including academics, professionalism and other metrics, over time? Membership
Evaluation of courses, clerkships and the overall curriculum
How can we make course assessment more meaningful, adding metrics in addition to what students think of our courses? How can we keep the whole curriculum integrated, minimizing unnecessary redundancy while keeping planned, developmental repeated exposures? How can we make curriculum renewal a continual process, instead of doing major overhauls every 15 years? Membership
What approaches to teaching are available and which ones work best for what types of content? How can we involve more active learning experiences, particularly in the first two years? And how can we help the faculty learn about these approaches and become comfortable with them? Membership
Integration of technology into the curriculum, including simulation and informatics
How can we take advantage of key technological tools to enhance the curriculum? How can we best train students in the efficient use of the electronic medical record, and also use of search tools for clinical and research questions? How can we help faculty become comfortable with using these new technologies? Membership
Integration of clinical and basic sciences
How can we best bring clinical material into the pre-clerkship years? And how can we add meaningful basic science into the clinical years, expanding on what students learned previously, and set in the framework of what they now know as clinicians? What degree and type of curriculum flexibility would best allow students to pursue their specific basic and clinical interests? How can we stress the importance of discovery and scientific inquiry, and instill a life-long pattern of self-directed learning? Membership
Competencies, objectives and milestones
This work group will review the existing competencies and objectives, modify the objectives as needed and, where indicated, develop an associated set of milestones that will guide the next steps in the curriculum transformation process. Membership