Curriculum Governance - Full Governance Text

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Curriculum Governance - Full Governance Text

PDF Download 125The Curriculum Committee of the School of Medicine is responsible for defining the goals and objectives of the curriculum; for the design, management, and evaluation of the undergraduate medical curriculum in accordance with the accreditation requirements of the LCME and the mission and vision of the School of Medicine.

The Committee is responsible for establishing a process for reviewing, evaluating, and revising the curriculum on a recurring timeline to ensure that the curriculum is coherent, coordinated, current, and effective.

In addition, the Committee is responsible for making recommendations to the Dean about the system of incentives for teaching effort, salary support for faculty who teach, teaching space required by the curriculum design, and other support requirements needed to make the curriculum operational. The Committee is to initiate, develop and lead action plans ensuring implementation of policies.

The Committee established and codified by the School of Medicine by-laws has the authority, with the approval of the Dean, to set educational objectives, establish educational requirements, allocate curriculum time, specify teaching methods, select course directors, and evaluate educational outcomes.

In addition, the Committee has the authority to set performance standards for instructors, initiate faculty development efforts, and evaluate instructor performance.

CURRICULUM COMMITTEE

The Committee is comprised of a minimum of six and no more than nine at-large faculty members and two student members. Term for at-large faculty is three years, with one consecutive renewal. Three at-large members are elected from the general medical faculty by the School of Medicine representatives of the Faculty Senate to assure direct faculty participation and a broad faculty perspective to the decision-making process, independent of departmental or central administration points of view. One of these three members shall serve as the Vice-Chair of the Committee. The remaining at-large faculty members are selected for their sustained interest and activity in medical education and for their independent points of view. The at-large faculty members should include a Generalist Physician and a Basic Scientist. Of the two student members, one shall be a representative of the Mulholland Society and one of the Student Medical Education Committee. The remaining members of the committee are members by virtue of their position:

  • Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education (Chair)
  • Assistant Dean for Clinical Skills Education
  • Clinical Performance Development Director
  • Representative, Education Technology Support
  • Representative, Office of Diversity
  • Chairs, Pre-clerkship Committee
  • Chair, Clerkship/Post-clerkship Committee
  • Associate Dean and Director Health Sciences Library, ex-officio
  • Associate Dean for Education Research and Instruction, ex-officio

Associate Advisors to the Committee offer expertise in the areas of Curriculum Evaluation and Academic Enhancement Services.

All Committee members are expected to contribute to the Committee's activities; attend at least 2/3 of regular meetings. While the Pre-clerkship Leadership and Clerkship/Post-clerkship committee members represent their disciplines and focus on basic science and clinical education, service on the Curriculum Committee requires a primary commitment to the general well being and advancement of medical education at UVA. The members elected from the General Faculty should have a demonstrated interest in undergraduate medical education and be willing and able to serve on the Curriculum Committee. Regular meetings are scheduled for the first, second and third Thursdays of each month. Meeting minutes are posted on the public Curriculum web site and sent directly to members and the Dean’s office.

Pre-clerkship Committee

The Pre-clerkship Leadership Committee is responsible to the Curriculum Committee and Dean for effecting the goals, objectives and teaching responsibilities of the curriculum for each course; for maintaining an organized schedule of teaching activities, and for coordinating exams and evaluations. The Chair of the Pre-clerkship Leadership Committee is elected from the MCM Leaders, System Leaders or Clinical Performance Development Leaders of the Pre-clerkship Leadership Committee with the approval of the Curriculum Committee. Co-chairs from basic science and clinical disciplines are encouraged. Chair terms rotate and are for three years. Regular monthly meetings are scheduled and minutes are posted on the public Curriculum web site.

  • Pre-clerkship Committee
  • Cells to Society Leader
  • Foundations of Medicine Leaders
  • Cells, Tissues, and Mechanisms of Disease Leaders
  • System Leaders
  • Social Issues in Medicine Leader
  • Clinical Performance Development-1Leader(s)
  • Clinical Performance Development-2 Leader, ex-officio
  • Clinical Performance Development-3 (electives) Leader, ex-officio
  • Director MD/Ph.D. program, ex-officio
  • Students (1 each from pre-clerkship, clerkship, and post-clerkship periods)
  • Associate Dean for UME, ex-officio
  • Associate Dean for Medical Education Research and Instruction, ex-officio
  • College Dean Representative, ex-officio
  • Student Affairs Representative, ex-officio
  • Director of Education Technology Support, ex-officio

All Pre-clerkship Committee members are expected to contribute to the Committee's activities; attend at least 2/3 of regular meetings. Appointments are for three years, renewable terms.

Thread Leaders are invited to the Pre-clerkship Committee as a need arises.

Clerkship/Post-clerkship Committee

The Clerkship/Post-clerkship Committee is responsible to the Curriculum Committee and Dean for effecting the goals, objectives and teaching responsibilities of the curriculum for each clerkship and for the electives program; for maintaining an organized schedule of teaching activities and for coordinating student evaluations. The Clinical performance Development-2 Leader chairs the Clerkship/Post-clerkship Committee with the approval of the Curriculum Committee.

  • Clerkship/Post-clerkship Committee
  • Clerkship Directors
  • Director Elective Programs (Clinical Performance Development-3 Leader)
  • Clinical Performance Development-2 Leader
  • Clinical Performance Development -1 Leaders, ex-officio
  • Clinical Performance Development Director
  • Students (1 each from the clerkship and post-clerkship periods)
  • Associate Dean for UME, ex-officio
  • College Dean Representative, ex-officio
  • Student Affairs Representative, ex-officio

All Clerkship/Post-clerkship Committee members are expected to contribute to the Committee's activities; attend at least 2/3 of regular meetings. Appointments are for three years, renewable terms. Regular monthly meetings are scheduled and minutes are posted on the public Curriculum web site.

Thread Leaders are invited to the Clerkship/Post-clerkship Committee as a need arises.

Assessment Committee

Assessment Committee is responsible to the Curriculum Committee for the overall assessment philosophy for the NxGen Curriculum and establishes guidelines and standards for assessment throughout the four years. The committee ensures reliable and valid assessment methods are used to assess the knowledge, skills and attitudinal/behavioral domains.

The membership is expertise based, without specific term and currently includes:

  • Associate Dean for Medical Education Research and Instruction, Chair
  • Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education
  • Senior Associate Dean for Education
  • Director of Assessment, Vice-chair
  • Three system leaders
  • Clinical Performance Development-2 Leader

Notes:

The System and CPD leaders are responsible to the respective Pre-clerkship and Clerkship/Post-clerkship Committees for effecting the teaching and student evaluation responsibilities of the individual program; assuring student mastery of material; recommendation for promotion and remediation efforts.

System, CPD and Thread leaders are selected through a nomination process with an accompanying curriculum vitae and letter(s) from the candidate’s department chair and/or designee, e.g. Division Head. The Curriculum Committee will evaluate the nominations and interview select candidates. The Curriculum Committee's selection will be reviewed with the Chair.

Thread Leaders aid in the operation and administration of their discipline components and are charged with actively supporting curricular innovation and improvement and with providing content material that ensures each educational unit, e.g. system, clerkship, etc., achieves its aims. Selection is based on expertise with the approval of the Curriculum Committee. Appointments are for three years, renewable terms. Thread Leaders are invited to the Pre-clerkship Committee on a rotating basis and to the Clerkship/Post-clerkship Committee as a need

Reviewing, evaluating, and revising the curriculum is to be performed on an annual basis for the courses, systems, clerkships and electives programs. The process is one of self-reporting using detailed forms created by the Curriculum Committee, interviewing, and analysis of student performance data and student and faculty evaluations by the Curriculum Committee. Recommendations are followed up in subsequent reports.

An assessment of the curriculum as a whole is to be performed regularly and on an ongoing basis. This allows for faculty to understand what students are learning in their program of studies for the medical degree, to provide a guide for curricular and pedagogical planning.
The review should encompass five broad areas of focus:

  1. Student performance outcomes and Achievement of 12 Competencies
    - USMLE Steps 1, 2, 3
    - Internal Exams, NBME Subject exams
    - Residency placement
    - Intern survey
  2. Integration of basic science and clinical learning
  3. Infrastructure
    - Adequacy of space
    - Utilization
  4. Faculty Development
    - What is offered?
    - Adequacy of offerings? Identified needs/gaps?
    - Rate of participation and by what departments?
  5. Demographics of faculty involved in the curriculum

The Curriculum Committee is to review the annual Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) comprehensive curriculum evaluation updates prepared for the University.

A quorum for the Curriculum Committee, Pre-clerkship Leadership Committee, and the Clerkship/Post-clerkship Committee shall be constituted when a majority of voting faculty members is present.

  • Approved 11.09.1999 by Dean Robert Carey
  • Updated and Reviewed 09.27.2007 - approved by Dean Sharon Hostler
  • Updated and Reviewed 05.09.2012 - approved by Dean Steven T. DeKosky
  • Updated and Reviewed 02.06.2013 - approved by Dean Steven T. DeKosky
  • Updated and Reviewed 01.24.2014 - approved by Dean Nancy E. Dunlap
  • Updated and Reviewed 08.18.2014 - approved by Dean Nancy E. Dunlap

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