Curriculum Change Initiative

Frequently Asked Questions

What do College of Medicine students want in an "exceptional student experience?"

  • Patient care with humanistic values
  • Clinical competence
  • Enhanced NBME (National Board of Medical Examination) performance
  • Residency competitiveness
  • Residency readiness
  • Personal wellness

How will the College prioritize its work to achieve the goal of providing all students an exceptional student experience?

As part of the continuous quality improvement process, and guided by our recent accreditation self-study, this curricular change may be one of our largest initiatives, but it will be just one of many initiatives implemented to ensure an exceptional student experience.

What decisions has the curriculum committee made?

The Curriculum Management and Assessment Committee (CMAC) has been assessing quantitative and qualitative information ― data and student feedback ―for several academic years. Recently, CMAC voted to develop an integrated systems-based curriculum, delivered using an active learning platform. They decided to begin with the pre-clinical curriculum, with a launch of the new curriculum in academic year 2020-2021 for the incoming first-year students.

Has the Dean provided her vision to assist the faculty in developing a new curricular model?

The Dean has provided the following principles to guide the faculty in the development of a new curriculum delivery model:

  • Curriculum Delivery: Systems and/or themes
  • In Class Hours: Should not exceed 24 hours of in class time per week
  • Learning Sessions: Participatory and active with preparatory self-directed learning
  • Assessments: Formative, summative and remediative — with intentional Step 1 alignment and evidence of content mastery
  • Content: Relevant to becoming a physician

What is an integrated, system or theme-based pre-clinical curricular model?

This type of curricular model delivers the content of interconnected biological systems in a module or theme, to give students a holistic and integrated view of human health. Examples might include a cardiovascular system module, or a theme called “Staying Alive,” which could integrate cardiovascular, pulmonary and renal systems.

What does active learning mean?

Active learning strategies increase student engagement in the learning process, through critical thinking and application of knowledge with problem solving.

What is the College’s current pre-clinical curricular model?

Currently, the College curriculum is course-based and discipline-based. Content is taught in distinct subjects or disciplines, such as microbiology or physiology.

If I want to participate in this new curricular initiative, how can I offer my assistance?

Everyone can assist by sharing information about this initiative with the broader community. To participate in this initiative please contact Jennifer Lint, or 330.325.6311.

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Jennifer Lint

Curriculum Change Initiative

College of Medicine at NEOMED