Today is Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018

Medical Student Education

Guiding Principles of the Curriculum

  • The curriculum content will transcend discipline and will be patient centered.
  • Biomedical, clinical and psychosocial sciences will be integrated with clinical skills and professional identity throughout the four year curriculum.
  • The curriculum will promote contextual learning where basic science concepts are given clinical relevance by being introduced and assimilated in the context of common health issues and/or diseases.
  • Early clinical experiences will be integrated into the curriculum and will be followed by intensive clinical experiences with opportunities to reinforce biomedical, clinical, and psychosocial sciences, clinical skills, humanism/altruism, and professional behavior.
  • The curriculum will be designed to allow students to acquire a core set of competencies in the knowledge, skills and attitudes pre-requisite to graduate medical education.
  • Innovative teaching methods will be encouraged and supported.
  • The educational environment will promote students and faculty participation as mutually respectful partners in learning.
  • The educational environment will support and facilitate the students’ immersion in peer learning, independent study and self-directed learning.
  • The curriculum will facilitate student learning through the utilization of effective and evidence-based instruction methods.
  • The curriculum will remain flexible to accommodate differences in students’ learning styles, learning needs and professional interests.
  • The medical education program will be experiential and designed to facilitate students’ development of skills necessary for discovery, scholarship, critical and creative thinking, self-education and lifelong learning.
  • Curricular changes will be supported by faculty development programs.
  • The curriculum will include a comprehensive program evaluation process that includes collection and triangulation of multiple data points, allowing effective evaluation and future revision.
  • Achievement of a core set of learning outcomes, based on Accreditation Council Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) competencies, will be required prior to student graduation.
  • Student assessment will include professional qualities, attitudes, and behaviors in addition to basic knowledge acquisition.
  • Student assessment will include integrated examination of knowledge and clinical reasoning.
  • Competency-based learning and assessment will be incorporated throughout the four year curriculum.
  • The curriculum will provide integrated content through a) integrating the basic sciences; b) integrating the basic sciences and clinical sciences; and c) integrating the study of normal structure and function with the study of abnormal, disordered structure and function.
  • The health care systems, issues of patient safety, quality care, diversity, and care delivery will be integrated throughout the curriculum.
  • Population health, community leadership and service will be integrated throughout the curriculum.