Educational Program Committee

Educational Program Committee

The Committee is responsible for the overall design, management, and evaluation of a coherent and coordinated curriculum that achieves the educational objectives of the medical school, as approved by Faculty Forum and the Executive Faculty. The Committee will have the authority to lead, direct, coordinate, control, plan, evaluate and report on matters related to the curriculum to Faculty Forum and the Dean.

To fulfill its responsibilities, the Committee will oversee the following curriculum-related activities:

  • Development of the schedule for all courses
  • Ensuring that the curriculum is logically sequenced
  • Maximizing horizontal and vertical integration within and across all four years of the curriculum
  • Evaluation of program effectiveness using outcomes analysis
  • Surveying the content and workload in each course and clerkship
  • Identifying and eliminating gaps and redundancies in the curriculum
  • Reviewing the learning objectives of each course and clerkship and ensuring their alignment with programmatic objectives
  • Development of policies that position students for mastery of the school's educational objectives and maximize their success as learners and future physicians

The Committee will base its authority to implement these responsibilities on adherence to a defined process for determining curriculum changes, to ensure appropriate instructional freedom in the setting of central curriculum management.

The Committee should ensure that each academic segment of the curriculum maintains common standards for content, such that each medical student will acquire appropriate competence in general medical care regardless of subsequent career specialty.

Educational Program Committee Subcommittees:

M1-2 Curriculum Subcommittee

Membership:  First Year Course Directors; Second Year Course Directors; Assistant Dean for Medical Education, Director of Medical Education; Director of Academic Support; Two Clinicians (one generalist, one specialist) appointed by the Dean or his/her designee (non-course directors); First and Second Year Class Presidents and Vice Presidents; Second Year Student EPC Representative; and Chair of the M3-4 Subcommittee.

Responsibilities:  The M1-2 Subcommittee is responsible for recommending policy and curricular changes (including new courses/electives and discontinuing courses/electives) to the EPC. These changes must support EPC goals and maximize students’ learning experiences and teaching effectiveness (faculty development). The subcommittee is also responsible for annual review of the effectiveness of each year of the M1-2 curriculum and review of topic areas across both years to eliminate redundancy and increase vertical and horizontal integration. Additional responsibilities include confirming the course and examination schedule for each semester and ensuring that individual course objectives support and are aligned with the school’s educational objectives.

 

 

M3-4 Subcommittee

Membership:  Directors of all required Clerkships; Trover Campus representative; Assistant Dean for Medical Education; Director of Medical Education; Student Affairs Registrar; one Basic Scientist appointed by the Dean or his/her designee (from either first year or second year); Course Director for ICM course; Third and Fourth Year Class Presidents and Vice Presidents; Third and Fourth Year Student Representatives to the EPC; and the Chairs of the M1-2 Subcommittee.

Responsibilities:  The M3-4 Subcommittee is responsible for recommending policy and curricular changes (including new courses/electives and discontinuing courses/electives) to the EPC. These changes must support EPC goals and maximize students’ learning experiences and teaching effectiveness (faculty development). The subcommittee is also responsible for providing oversight for the Clinical Skills Exams and for ensuring that individual clerkship objectives support and are aligned with the school’s educational objectives.

Evaluation and Assessment Subcommittee

Membership: The Director of Undergraduate Medical Education who shall chair the subcommittee, Director of Medical Education research, faculty members, two Clinicians and two researchers (appointed by the Dean or his/her designee (non-course directors); First, Second and Third Year Student Representatives

Responsibilities: The Evaluation and Assessment Subcommittee is responsible for recommending to the EPC changes in the curriculum that will improve course quality, through evaluation of curses, course directors, and quality of exams.

 

Integration Subcommittee (formerlyCurriculum Management Committee)

Membership:  Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education, who shall chair the committee; Chairs of M1-2 and M3-4 Subcommittees (or their designees); one gratis or alumni faculty member (to be appointed by the Chair); the second, third and fourth year EPC student representatives; one basic science and one clinician EPC member (to be selected by the EPC Chair); and the Director of Undergraduate Medical Education.

Responsibilities:  The Integration Subcommittee is responsible for recommending to the EPC changes in the curriculum that maximize horizontal and vertical integration throughout the preclinical and clinical curriculum, evaluating the curriculum in terms of “gaps” and redundancies, and promoting discussions among basic and clinical science faculty.

Academic Technology Subcommittee

Membership: Director of Technology, who shall chair the committee; Assistant Dean for Medical Education; First, Second, Third and Fourth Year Student Technology and Mobility Officers; one Graduate Student; one Basic Scientist; one Clinician; and one representative from the Delphi Center.

Responsibilities: The Academic Technology Subcommittee is responsible for coordinating and evaluating SOM academic technology initiatives and for recommending to the EPC new initiatives that utilize technology to support student learning.