Development Stage - Approaches to Curriculum

​​​​​​Information

Timeframe: October 2012-April 2013

  • Paul Ramsey and Ellen Cosgrove charged 14 curriculum renewal committees to work on developing approaches for a modified curriculum.  These committees were organized by phases identified in the Visioning Report and themes identified as key to the curriculum and School of Medicine.
  • Each committee was asked to make recommendations in the relevant area.  Charges to individual committees, membership, minutes and final reports for each committee are included in individual committee links below.
  • A Steering Committee, chaired by Robert Steiner and Mark Whipple, lead.  The Steering Committee, which included chairs of each of the committees, held several all-day retreats.
  • Committee recommendations were reviewed and discussed at the UW Medicine Senior Leadership (MSEC) Retreat in spring 2013.

Individual Committees, Charges and Reports

  • Foundations Phase: Develop recommendations for models of the required medical science core addressing the composition, length, and timing of the foundation.
  • Patient Care Phase: Develop recommendations for models of the required “3rd year” clerkship core including, but not limited to, reconsidering the suite of required courses and addressing the length and timing of clerkships.
  • Advanced Clinical Skills, Exploration & Career Focus Phase: Develop recommendations for models of the 4th year requirements, including but not limited to reconsidering the composition of the suite of required courses and more individualized approaches to requirements based on career choice.
  • Primary Care: Develop recommendations for curriculum approaches to meeting the primary care workforce needs of the WWAMI region.
  • Health Equity: Develop recommendations for curriculum approaches to health equity, global health, and public health.
  • Ethics & Professionalism: Develop recommendations for curriculum approaches to medical ethics for patient care and medical science, as well as approaches to fostering desirable attributes such as altruism, integrity, and leadership.
  • Quality & Safety: Develop recommendations for curriculum approaches to patient-centeredness, quality and safety including but not limited to simulation.
  • Communication & Interprofessionalism: Develop recommendations for curricular approaches to developing communication skills with patients, families, other members of the healthcare team, and the community. Develop recommendations for curriculum approaches to fostering teamwork. Consider the composition and timing of inter​professional experiences.​
  • Diversity: Develop recommendations for curriculum approaches to foster cultural awareness, cultural responsiveness, and understanding of the community role in health.
  • Lifelong Learning: Develop recommendations for curriculum approaches to evidence-based medicine, problem-solving, and critical thinking.
  • ​​​Scientific Discovery: Develop recommendations for curriculum approaches to introduce medical students to the basic scientific and ethical principles of clinical and translational research, including the ways in which such research is conducted, evaluated, explained to patients, and applied to patient care, including but not limited to reconsidering the current “Triple I” research requirement.
  • Assessment: Develop recommendations for a comprehensive, systems-based approach to student assessments integrated into the new curriculum design to measure core competencies. The assessment plan will include but is not limited to course and clerkship subject examinations, simulation experiences, standardized patient experiences.
  • Governance Committee: Develop recommendations related to the governance of the UW School of Medicine curriculum, including governance structure, operation and authority and fully meeting the current standards of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) and the best interests of the medical school.