Creighton University School of Medicine has begun a comprehensive review of our current medical curriculum, including institutional objectives, curricular content, instructional design, learning modalities and assessment strategies.
Among the questions that will guide the work of the curriculum review committees:
- Do we have the right depth and rigor of courses to prepare students for our changing health care system?
- Do we prepare students sufficiently for future global health issues?
- Do we prepare students adequately for their role as leaders in healthcare?
In addition, the curriculum review committees will ask the following questions as they consider current and proposed curricular initiatives:
- How can our curriculum be optimized for a new generation of learners?
- Can we improve our curricular focus on the knowledge and skills appropriate to undergraduate medical education?
- Do the recommendations of national organizations such as the LCME, AAMC, HHMI, IOM, IPEC, and medical specialty associations offer any insights that can improve our curriculum?
- How can our curriculum better fulfill the mission of the school?
- How do we engage more faculty?
- Can we more effectively assess all dimensions of our students' progress in attaining the skills need to practice exemplary medicine?
- Can we improve the medical education process to allow our students to learn in a supportive environment that encourages mental and physical health?
The review will be conducted by two committees, one to examine the M1 and M2 curriculum and one to examine the M3 and M4 curriculum. The committees will meet monthly in 2012; planning for the implementation of proposed changes will begin in 2013.
Committee members include medical students, basic science and clinical faculty from Omaha and Phoenix; members of the Medical Education Management Team (MEMT); and curriculum coordinators. Additional small working groups will be convened as needed.