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Curriculum Governance 

The 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
Education Technology Support Director
Representative, Office of Diversity
Chair, Pre-clerkship Committee*
Chair, Clerkship/Post-clerkship Committee*
Associate Dean for Medical Education Research and Instruction, ex-officio
Associate Dean and Director Health Sciences Library, ex-officio

*Elected from and by the membership of the respective committees.

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
MCM Leaders
System Leaders
Assistant System Leader
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 on a rotating basis and 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 Chair of the Clerkship/Post-clerkship Committee is elected from the clerkship directors with the approval of the Curriculum Committee. Chair terms rotate and are for three years.

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
Students (1 each from 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

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 Undergraduate Medical Education
Associate Dean for Medical Education Research and Instruction, Chair
Senior Associate Dean for Education
Director of Assessment, Vice-chair
Three system leaders

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 arises.

A quorum for the Curriculum Committee, Executive Management Group of the Curriculum Committee, Pre-clerkship Leadership Committee, Clerkship/Post-clerkship Committee, and Thread Leaders 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

 

 Curriculum Organizational Chart 2014