Guiding principles of M.D. Curriculum Transformation initiative announced

The M.D. Curriculum Transformation Steering Committee recently wrote guidelines for the committee to follow during the process of transforming the undergraduate medical program curriculum.

“It’s important to articulate in a clear and thoughtful way how we will go about the process of transforming the curriculum and to share those principles with the OHSU community,” said Leslie Kahl, M.D., Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives, who leads the committee. “These principles will guide the action and decisions of our steering group over time, and all of the subsequent work groups that follow.”

1. Involvement and Communication

  • Maintain close engagement with faculty, students and other constituencies
  • Communicate openly and transparently with the OHSU academic community
  • Leverage OHSU’s position as a top-ranked research institution

2. Curriculum Design

  • Begin with the end product in mind – the ideal physician of the mid-21st century – and reverse engineer the curriculum to achieve that goal
  • Prepare graduates of the M.D. program for rigorous residency program
  • Consider the entire curriculum holistically, with deliberate horizontal and vertical integration
  • Balance innovation and experimentation with more traditional approaches
  • Integrate clinical and foundational sciences across all four years
  • Guide curriculum development through best practices in both undergraduate and medical education
  • Develop curricular content based on competency-based learning objectives
  • Examine the most effective means of promoting interprofessional education
  • Acknowledge and incorporate curricular elements that OHSU SoM does well
  • Make an honest appraisal of areas in which OHSU needs to improve

3. Learner-Centered Approach

  • Acknowledge the different learning styles among our students and that no one pedagogy is right for all
  • Emphasize student-centered instruction, active learning over passive learning, and application and synthesis of knowledge in critical reasoning over memorization
  • Help students develop a sense of responsibility for their own learning, with the goal of creating self-directed, lifelong learners
  • Assure student readiness for success through interventions prior to matriculation

4. Assessment and Evaluation

  • Enhance the assessment and evaluation of students through central monitoring of objective-driven performance across all four years, while incorporating feedback as an integral part of teaching
  • Implement purposeful, ongoing system for curriculum evaluation

5. Integration of Technologies

  • Enhance the use of technology in the delivery of content and assessment of performance
  • Assure proficiency with the electronic health record, medical informatics and management of information technologies

6. Faculty Development

  • Encourage central support of faculty development to assure success of the new curriculum
  • Educate both faculty and students on principles of adult learning