The Curriculum Renewal and Development Process
The UW School of Medicine curriculum renewal process began in 2010, prompted by our commitment to providing exceptional training for tomorrow’s leading physicians and advancing knowledge across the medical field. The curriculum will align with new national standards of medical education brought about by broader shifts in the healthcare landscape. Implementation will begin with first-year students in the fall of 2015.
Higher education is changing across many fields. New insights show that active learning expands student knowledge and retention more than lectures and in-classroom instruction. With the new curriculum, we will increase the amount of time our students spend with patients—both one-on-one and under the supervision of high-quality, tenured faculty—to strengthen their learning and provide the highest quality care for patients.
To ensure that the new curriculum reflects the needs of students and aligns with national standards, an extensive process was undertaken to engage stakeholders within and beyond the School of Medicine. Summaries of each stage of the renewal process include the following:
Current Stage of the Curriculum Renewal: Implementation
The new curriculum is an innovative, competency-based model with three integrated learning Phases: a Scientific Foundations Phase, a Patient Care Phase and a Career Exploration and Focus Phase. Each Phase includes highly integrated curricula with active learning modalities – approaches made possible by new developments in technology and new understandings of how students best learn.
Curriculum Renewal Work Groups
The UW School of Medicine formed 12 work groups to ensure the new curriculum provides a unified experience for all students in clinical care, direct patient care and research. From orientation to assessments and patient care to clerkships, leaders from across the UW School of Medicine are working to strengthen student learning and provide the highest quality care for patients.
Additional information on the curriculum renewal work groups is included below:
Curriculum Renewal Technology
An additional key component of the curriculum renewal is the addition of information technologies that strengthen learning and support a more integrated experience for students both online and offline. Additional details are provided below:
Announcements, events and updates can be found in the current curriculum renewal enewsletter.
Kellie Engle, Director of Curriculum
Michael Ryan, , Associate Dean for Curriculum