Curriculum Renewal Update: Module 5

Welcome to Module 5: Metabolism and Reproduction! This module is six weeks long and is made up of three inter-related topic areas: Metabolism and nutrition. This includes a discussion of what you need to eat to maintain a healthy body and how this material is biochemically converted into the chemical energy you need to live. […]

Curriculum Renewal Update: Module 4

Welcome to Module 4: Ins and Outs! This module will explore both intake and output from the human body. These topics have important ramifications on everyday lives, patients, communities, and societies – and this module is aimed to instill an appreciation of how these seemingly mundane human processes can profoundly impact so many aspects of […]

Gateway Coaching Program Seeking Clinical Faculty to Apply

The Offices of Student Affairs, in partnership with the Office of Medical Student Education, is seeking interested clinical faculty for Coaching positions as part of the Gateway Coaching Program beginning in August, 2021. The goal of the Coaching Program is to form a longitudinal relationship between a faculty coach and student in a safe environment […]

The Transition to Competency

For students accustomed to the traditional rhythm of courses that conclude with a final grade, the transition to competency-based medical education (CBME) and assessment can be confusing. In the historical framework, students learned knowledge or skills specific to a course, were tested on those knowledge and skills, and the decision about whether or not a […]

Seeking Applicants for Gateway Coaching Program

We are seeking interested clinical faculty for positions as faculty coaches as part of the Gateway Coaching Program beginning in 2021. This will be the second cohort of coaches in the second year of the program. The mission of the Gateway Coaching Program is to form longitudinal relationships between faculty coaches and students in a […]

Curriculum Renewal Update: Module 3

Module 3 provides an overview of the systems of perfusion (delivery of blood to tissues) and gas transport and exchange. Throughout the module, knowledge of typical organ structure and function will lay the foundation for discussions of health and disease in these systems, while integrating core concepts of patients, physicians, societies, and systems. Afternoon sessions […]

Curriculum Renewal Update: Phase 2

The Phase 2 Design/Build Team had its first meeting on Wednesday, November 18, 2020.  Phase 2 of the Gateway Curriculum: Gateway to Clinical Medicine, will be 12 months in length and will consist of 8-week Clinical Clerkships in the traditional six areas: Internal Medicine, Neurology, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Surgery.  Schematic found here. […]

Curriculum Renewal Update

  The Gateway Curriculum is in full swing, with students completing Module 1 on October 30, 2020. Molecules to Society focused on an introduction to the perspectives of health, illness, sickness, and disease, highlighting applications across the bio-societal spectrum. Through a focus on health, students learned about the structure and function of the body, the healthcare […]

A Message to the Entering Class of 2020

Dear Entering Class of 2020, A sincere and heartfelt welcome to WashU and to Saint Louis! We are so pleased each of you are here and are joining the Washington University School of Medicine community amidst these challenging times. You are now part of one of the finest medical learning communities in the nation. We are honored that […]

Call for Gateway Curriculum Facilitators

The Gateway Curriculum is searching for individuals to act as facilitators for several elements of the new curriculum. Selected faculty, fellows and residents will lead a variety of discussions and interactions with students, in collaboration with the module director. Please note you do not need to be a content expert and that some training is required. To […]

Gateway Phase 2 Curriculum Kick Off

On July 18, 2020, the Gateway Curriculum renewal process took another important step forward by holding the first Phase 2 retreat.  Phase 2, Gateway to Clinical Medicine, will be 12 months in duration and will contain the six, core clinical clerkships (Internal Medicine, Neurology, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Surgery), each 8 weeks in […]

Curriculum Renewal Update: Program Evaluation

In previous installments, we have shared much about the Gateway curriculum including information about the organization of the curriculum, the coaching program, approach to student assessment and how students will learn clinical skills. Next we want to give you an overview about how we will address evaluation of our Gateway curriculum (program evaluation) and the […]

Curriculum Renewal Update: Clinical Skills

Phase 1 of the Gateway Curriculum offers the opportunity for students to learn the foundations of medicine in an integrated fashion. With the September launch taking shape, the clinical skills curriculum embodies integration and innovation.  With the amount of medical content doubling every few years, it’s hard to keep up with advances in medicine.  Thanks […]

Curriculum Renewal Update: Gateway Coaching Program

As the Gateway Curriculum is prepared to launch with its inaugural class this coming September, we are thrilled to provide an update on the Gateway Coaching Program. The program will be replacing the traditional academic advising model and will be a truly unique approach to supporting our learners through their medical education journey. This program […]

Curriculum Renewal Update: Student Assessment

To this point, we have updated you on the progress of how content will be organized and delivered in the Gateway Curriculum. In this installment, we wanted to provide you with a brief overview of how students will be assessed. To support the competency-based curriculum, we are developing a competency-based program of assessment. What does […]

Curriculum Renewal Update: Community Engagement

Health equity is an elusive and still urgent goal in the modern practice of medicine. Health is determined by where we live, work, learn, and recreate. Effective healthcare requires an active understanding of these determinants of health and the ability to navigate the complexity of healthcare systems to deliver that care.  The new Gateway curriculum […]

Curriculum Renewal Update: Phase I Content Build

The Gateway Curriculum design team has entered into the building stage for Phase I content. Led by Sabrina Nuñez, PhD, Assistant Dean for Curriculum and the Basic Sciences, each team will collaborate in the design, build, and implementation of the educational content for their specific module/immersion. Teams are currently meeting to present draft module schedules […]

Curriculum Renewal Update: Explore

When the Gateway Curriculum launches in July 2020, our students will have the opportunity to participate in an exciting new career development curriculum—Explore. Explore will provide our students with longitudinal and immersive experiences in four academic career pathways: research, education, advocacy and innovation. Building on the outstanding opportunities that already exist for our students, the […]

Keystone: The New Teaching & Learning Platform for the Gateway Curriculum

The Gateway Curriculum requires a digital teaching and learning platform designed for Competency-Based Medical Education (CMBE). CBME is built on a foundation of formative and summative assessments of learning, with transparent use of aggregated assessment data to make progression and competency attainment decisions for all students. The Elentra Teaching and Learning Platform began at Queen’s […]

Call for Capstone Course Directors

A call for Capstone Course Directors recently went out to a broad audience via e-mail. We are seeking four (4) faculty members—one each from Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Surgery, and Obstetrics & Gynecology—to collaboratively direct a multidisciplinary Capstone Course for a first offering in February 2020. Each co-director will receive 0.10 FTE support for their efforts. […]

Update on the Curriculum Renewal Process

In the June edition of the EdUpdate we detailed the overall architecture of the Gateway Curriculum that has been developed over the last 16 months through the hard work and expertise of many members of the education community at Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM). We are proud of the product thus far and tremendously […]

Phase 1 Faculty Design Teams

June has been a busy month for curriculum renewal. As previously announced, faculty were selected as Phase 1 integrated curriculum designers. And now, the four faculty design teams have begun their work: Basic-Clinical Science Integration Clinical Skills/Immersions Assessment Community Engagement/Social and Health Systems Sciences Visit the Teams page for an updated list of Charges, Team Leaders, and Members […]

Update on the Curriculum Renewal Process

As described in the prior edition of EdUpdate, the Curriculum Architecture Consensus Team has been working intensely over the last 6 months to develop the large-scale framework for the new Gateway Curriculum. This was accomplished by taking the ideas and concepts built by the original architecture teams and incorporating the massive and helpful feedback obtained at […]

Call to join the curriculum writing team

Apply to become a Phase 1 Integrated Curriculum Designer by April 30, 2019 The Phase 1 Integrated Curriculum Designers will be responsible for the development of Phase 1 of the Gateway Curriculum, which will be ready for implementation with the entering class of 2020. To apply to join the curriculum writing team, please review the […]

New curriculum aims to improve physician training (News Hub)

Increased community engagement will be a critical component of the new curriculum at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Laurie Punch, MD, (speaking) an associate professor of surgery, discusses her involvement in the community as a trauma surgeon who treats patients of gun violence. She spoke on a panel during a retreat on curriculum renewal at Busch Stadium on Jan. 17. More than 200 faculty and medical students and trainees attended the event. Source: Matt Miller; WUSM News Hub.

New curriculum aims to improve physician training, benefit St. Louis:Leader Eva Aagaard’s focus on eliminating health disparities Original Story by Kristina Sauerwein, February 19, 2019 Growing up in a racially and economically diverse neighborhood in Northern California, Eva Aagaard, MD, observed differences in the way society treated nonwhite, poor people. In medical school in New York […]

Follow-Up to Curriculum Retreat

The second curriculum retreat occurred on January 17, 2019. There, almost 200 members of the Washington University School of Medicine community gathered to learn about curriculum design proposals from the Greener Pastures, Blue Skies, and Golden Horizons teams. Prior to the retreat, those teams spent more than six months developing their designs. The retreat provided […]

Curriculum Renewal Retreat, Jan. 17, 2019

Dean Aagaard kicks off the Curriculum Renewal Retreat

On Jan. 17, 2019, almost 200 members of the Washington University School of Medicine community gathered to learn about curriculum design proposals at our second curriculum retreat. View the Gateway Curriculum Update video played at the retreat: Retreat Handouts & Follow-Up You may also wish to review the documents from our Curriculum Architecture Groups: Proposed Curriculum Schematics […]

Preparing for January retreat

Curriculum renewal architectural teams are finalizing their proposals for the January retreat. The Greener Pastures team are putting the final touches on their proposals to highlight improved integration of foundational and clinical sciences in all four years, thoughts on assessment strategies and coaching, and community engagement. Blue Skies continues to flesh out their model using […]

Curriculum architectural teams conclude site visits

Curriculum renewal architectural teams continue to make progress on their curriculum proposals. This month, Greener Pastures has focused on discussing the evidence supporting various formative and summative assessments across the domains of medical training. Within these conversations, they have also considered who might be the most appropriate people to construct, administer, and score those assessments. […]

Curriculum renewal teams making progress with proposals

Curriculum renewal architectural teams continue to make progress on their curriculum proposals. The Blue Skies team has been hard at work exploring how the core values identified lead to various components and structures for the curriculum. They are exploring concepts around key ideas such as integration and individualization. After identifying the educational philosophy, Greener Pastures […]