Course Committees

The Scientific Foundations Committee (SFC)Clinical Education Committee (CEC), and Committee on Undergraduate Medical Education Duluth (CUMED) (collectively designated as the Course Committees) serve as the working groups to review curriculum integration and evaluation and make recommendations regarding curricular issues to the Education Council.

In addition they are entrusted with creating ad-hoc task force groups to regularly review the entire curriculum across both campuses in an integrated fashion. Finally these committees oversee the annual individual course and clerkship reviews.

The SFC is the working group to review curriculum integration and evaluation for foundational sciences courses on Twin Cities Campus and make recommendations regarding curricular issues to the Education Council. 

The CEC is the working group to review curriculum integration and evaluation for clinical clerkships and make recommendations regarding curricular issues to the Education Council. 

CUMED is the working group to review curriculum integration and evaluation for the year 1 and 2 Duluth Campus and make recommendations regarding curricular issues to the Education Council. 

Course Committee Responsibilities

A. Review all courses and clerkships annually

     a. Advise on revisions and updates to processes and procedures within individual courses 
     b. Advise on collaboration and integration at a course level

B. Make recommendations to the EC on educational issues including but not limited to: 
     a. Annual Course/Clerkship reviews 
     b. Scientific Foundations Courses curriculum 
     c. Clinical Education Courses curriculum 
     d. Integration of curriculum both horizontal and vertical across campuses 
     e. Bi-campus curriculum 
     f. Policy changes (bi-campus, horizontal and vertical)

C. Make recommendations to the Office of Undergraduate Medical Education on faculty development, learner development and course support needs

D. Create ad-hoc task force groups(to include TC/D and BS/CS faculty and other appointees as appropriate) to focus on in-depth curricular needs as determined by EC and Committee Chairs 
     a. Analyze the horizontal and vertical curriculum (bi-campus) for redundancies/gaps in topic areas and for overall program quality 
          i. Integrated Reviews to take place every two years 
               1. 2014 Scientific Foundations Courses* 
               2. 2016 Clinical Education Courses* 
               3. 2018 Entire curriculum (bi-campus)** 
     b. Create report/recommendations for Committee Chairs to present to EC based on analysis 
           i. Recommend a working plan for Addition/Deletion/Revision of major topic areas within the entire curriculum 
           ii. Recommend any additional EC agenda items 
     c. Other

 

*The focus of the reviews will be course/clerkship evaluations specific to the assigned level of training and examine the degree of horizontal and vertical integration in the curriculum. The ad-hoc task force groups will review additional sources of data to determine the quality of the curriculum (including but not limited to): USMLE Step 1, 2CK and 2CS score reports, AAMC Graduation Questionnaire results, Match Data, reports from EC, ESC, SFC, CEC and CUMED with regards to their recommendations.

** The entire curriculum will be reviewed, in its entirety, at least every six years. The format for this review will be a bi-campus retreat. In addition to reviewing materials from all previous levels of evaluation, as part of the this review process, the SFC/CEC/CUMED subcommittee members meet with the course/clerkship directors and other educational leaders (e.g., Dean, Senior Associate and Assistant Deans, Education Council, Education Steering Committee) to discuss current and critical issues associated with medical student education, both locally and nationally. Reciprocally, the Medical School's educational leaders also provide input into the structure/format and direction of the curriculum.

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