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. The Blue Skies Team continues to develop its concept of integrated modules as the core building blocks of the curriculum. Team members are working with various disciplines to further flesh out the elements of the proposed curriculum and how they would integrate together.

Members of both teams visited the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF) and Vanderbilt to observe and learn more about the foundational and clinical sciences curriculum components, assessments, coaching and student wellness. Attendees had the opportunity to speak with key individuals who developed and implemented the curriculum as well as students for candid feedback about the program.

Key takeaways included:

  • Assessment should be used as a tool for integration
  • Elements of the curriculum that are perceived as simply being added on and not integrated are perceived as less effective
  • Language and branding are very important to eliminate confusion, ensure transparency, and allow everyone to have a shared mental model about what is being proposed
  • If you call something a curricular thread, the content must truly be imbedded into all 4 years and all aspects of the curriculum
  • A strong IT infrastructure is critical as this allows for curricular mapping and supports robust assessments with appropriate tracking for students and leadership
  • You need to balance active instructional methods with appropriate time for students to prepare; this means giving curricular time to preparation so “white space” can be used for reflection and study
  • Placing necessary content that allows individuals to be successful in clerkships, as well as content that allows students to differentiate themselves both in passion and future academic medicine specialty, in the right places within the curriculum, means nothing is “lost” and everyone wins.”

Teams will continue to vet ideas with the advisory committee; next meeting is slated for Thursday, October 11, 2018.

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