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Curriculum Committee

Curriculum Committee Charge

The Curriculum Committee (CC) is the body charged with leading, directing, coordinating, controlling, planning, evaluating, and reporting on the curriculum leading to the degree, Doctor of Medicine. The Curriculum Committee is responsible for establishing, defining, and ongoing review of the curriculum for the College of Medicine. The Curriculum Committee is committed to working collaboratively with the Office of Medical Education and its entities.

The Committee is responsible for the following specific duties:

  1. Establishing the requirements for the degree, Doctor of Medicine;
  2. Overall managing of the curriculum, including design, coordination, evaluation, and reporting;
  3. Establishing, publishing and periodically reviewing/updating the COM’s Medical Education Program Objectives as a blueprint for curriculum design;
  4. Assuring alignment of the objectives, pedagogical methods and student assessment used in each course and clerkship with the Medical Education Program Objectives of the College of Medicine;
  5. Assuring and documenting student attainment of the stated Medical Education Program Objectives;
  6. Assuring that the various segments of the curriculum are presented in a logical sequence;
  7. Coordinating and integrating content within and across academic periods of study;
  8. Establishing methods of pedagogy and student assessment that are appropriate for the achievement of the Curriculum’s educational objectives;
  9. Monitoring of content and workload in each discipline, including the identification of omissions and unplanned redundancies;
  10. Evaluating the effectiveness and, where necessary, mandating necessary improvements to each specific course and clerkship, each phase as a whole, and the curriculum as a whole to allow COM to achieve its stated educational objectives; and
  11. Documentation of the accomplishment of these tasks in the minutes of Committee meetings.

The Curriculum Committee informs the Academic Council and the Dean of its decisions and actions.

 The Chair appoints task-oriented subcommittees and task forces as needed to address specific issues and/or ongoing curriculum-related functions. Subcommittees may be required to meet more frequently than the parent committee to accomplish their charge. Subcommittees and task forces report to the full Committee as needed.

Curricular Oversight and Planning

The mission of the Curriculum Committee is to serve as a faculty body for leading, directing, coordinating, controlling, planning, evaluating, and reporting on the curriculum. This committee, therefore, exercises its authority on multiple levels:

  • It establishes the formal Medical Educational Program Objectives (MEPOs) used to guide curricular design, and ensures that the curriculum provides the breadth and scope for each student regardless of campus designation or track (AIM, EnMed, HSS) to successfully accomplish the MEPOs in four years. 
  • It also conducts an annual review of each curricular phase, reviews courses and approves syllabi and schedules,
  • selects and apportions curriculum content among instructional units,
  • considers and determines student performance assessment to ensure student achievement of the MEPOs,
  • engages in big picture review and evaluation of the curriculum to make large-scale changes to the curriculum, all in the service of maintaining a coherent, coordinated, and integrated medical curriculum.

The Curriculum Committee is committed to working collaboratively with the Office of Medical Education and its entities.

Meeting Agendas and Minutes

November 2019