Scientific Foundations Committee (SFC)

The SFC is composed of all Twin Cities Course Directors of pre-clinical courses. In addition, there are two student representatives, elected by the Year 1 and Year 2 class.

This Committee functions as the working group to review curriculum integration and evaluation for the year 1 and 2 Twin Cities Campus and make recommendations regarding curricular issues to the Education Council.

SFC Members

Committee Chair: Kaz Nelson, MD

Students can contact their student representatives listed on the roster if they have concerns they would like addressed by the committee.

SFC Meeting Minutes

Meeting minutes are posted after approval at the subsequent meeting.

2016

2016

December 2016

  • HHD1 - Annual Course Report
  • Starting to think about possible changes to teaching styles and formats
  • Reflections from HHD3 2016
  • New Med Ed curriculum staff organization (tabled)

November 2016

  • Essentials of Clinical Medicine 1-3A (Clinical Skills) - Annual Course Report
  • Provide course schedules w/required sessions 6 weeks in advance
  • BlackBag Discussion Forums and Feedback Cards

October 2016

  • Quarterly joint meeting with CEC and CUMED
  • Equity and Diversity Training

September 2016

  • Principles of Pathology - Annual Course Report
  • Use of the Incomplete Contract Form
  • Creation of an Official Audit Course Option for MS1 and MS2 Courses

August 2016

  • Physiology - Annual Course Report
  • Use of the Annual Course Report and Course Improvement Plans
  • Peer Review Committee

No SFC meeting in July.

June 2016

  • HHD5 - Annual Course Report
  • New COSSS Guidelines for Failing Students
  • Learning Principles in Course Design

May 2016

  • HSF - Annual Course Report
  • Update on Incomplete (I) grade contract
  • Course Director representation on Admissions Committee
  • Variability in implementation of disabilities accommodations

April 2016

  • Quarterly joint meeting with CEC and CUMED
  • Introduction of Dr Bob Englander, Associate Dean for Undergradate Medical Education
  • Diversity and Inclusion

March 2016

  • SMP - Annual Course Report
  • Human Sexuality - Annual Course Report
  • Completion of student Incomplete (I) grades

February 2016

  • ECM 1-3: MCI, WLC, POCC - Annual Course Report
  • Multiple Mini Interview program
  • Quality Improvement/Patient Saftety Workgroup Recommendations

January 2016

  • Quarterly joint meeting with CEC and CUMED
  • Education Leadership Retreat Summary
  • Mapping of PCRS and Core EPA Assessments

2015

2015

December 2015

  • BlackBag: TC Course Directors Site
  • Professionalism

November 2015

  • Human Behavior - Annual Course Report
  • Curriculum Mapping
  • Course administrator co-directors

October 2015

  • Neuroscience - Annual Course Report
  • Narrative Feedback
  • Preparation of Histograms

September 2015

  • Presentation by Dr David Battinelli, MD

August 2015

  • Microbiology and Immunology - Annual Course Report
  • Procedure for when students do not hand in secure exam booklet
  • Student course accommodations

No SFC meeting in July.

June 2015

  • Student concerns
  • HHD - Rheum, Derm, Otol, Ortho, Opth - Annual Course Report
  • Proposed B.S. to M.D. program
  • Narrative Feedback Assessment

May 2015

  • HHD - Neuro and Psyche - Annual Course Report
  • New Integration Milestone Exam

April 2015

  • Student concerns
  • HHD - Renal and Endo-Repro - Annual Course Report
  • Grading & Transcript Policy Revision
  • BlackBag resource tab

March 2015

  • Principles of Pharmacology - Annual Course Report
  • New Medical School Competencies and Objectives

February 2015

  • Student concerns
  • HHD - GI and Heme - Annual Course Report
  • ECM courses to become P/N

January 2015

  • HHD - Cardio and Resp - Annual Course Report
  • Student concerns
  • HHD - Cardio and Resp: respiratory group case
  • BlackBag Demo: feedback cards

2014

2014

December 2014

  • Presentation by Dr Bob Englander, MD, MPH

November 2014

  • Physiology - Annual Course Report
  • BlackBag Demo: new tab on CourseInfo page
  • BlackBag Demo: search functionality
  • LCME mandate for narrative assessments

October 2014

  • Knowledge Coop and MedWiki
  • ECM 1 and ECM 2 (Clinical Skills) - Annual Course Report
  • Practice Formative Assessments

September 2014

  • Principles of Pathology - Annual Course Report
  • 2014 Summer Enrichment pilot program
  • Data Integration Project

August 2014

  • Human Disease 4 - Annual Course Report
  • Revisions to Yrs 1 and 2 Missed or Rescheduled Exam Procedure & Exam Form - finalization
  • Dyad Review

No SFC meeting in July.

June 2014

  • Essentials of Clinical Medicine: Wednesday Longitudinal Curriculum - Annual Course Report
  • Setting Honors Criteria - finalization
  • Procedure on rescheduling missed exams

May 2014

  • Human Disease 3 - Annual Course Report
  • Essentials of Clinical Medicine 3 - Annual Course Report
  • Peer Review Committee
  • Setting Honors Criteria

April 2014

  • Debrief - Medical Education Retreat
  • Innovations Projects
  • Interprofessional Practice and Educational Committee (IPEC)

March 2014

  • Human Behavior - Annual Course Report
  • Disability discussion
  • Remediation plan of attack: Pre-matriculation Course
  • Honors Grading Year 1 and 2

February 2014

  • Milestone 2
  • Update on W, I, N grades and Withdrawal from class
  • Human Structure and Function - Annual Course Report
  • Science of Medical Practice - Annual Course Report
  • Final presentation on Student Performance

January 2014

  • Update on W, I and N grades in the event of a student dropping a medical school class
  • Academic Calendar 2014-15
  • Human Disease 1 - Annual Course Report
  • Mid Course Narrative Assessment
  • Final Presentation on Student Performance

2013

2013

December 2013

  • Secure Exam Debrief Procedure, Years 1 and 2
  • Principles of Pharmacology - Annual Course Report
  • Milestone II Exam

November 2013

  • Neuroscience - Annual Course Report
  • Post Exam REVIEW SESSIONS
  • Continuation of, "Help, there may be a failing student in my class"

October 2013

  • Human Sexuality - Annual Course Report
  • Proposed position: Assistant Dean, Clinical Education
  • Continuation of, "Help, there may be a failing student in my class"
  • Proposed Calendar and Course Changes AY 2014-15

September 2013

  • Microbiology/Immunology - Annual Course Report
  • Templates for Class Syllabus and Letters to Problem Students
  • FCT integration
  • "Help, there may be a failing student in my class"

August 2013

  • Integration update
  • Attendance Policy
  • Physiology - Annual Course Report
  • Health Care Disparities

No SFC or CEC Meeting will be held in July

June 2013

  • Brief joint information session with CEC
  • Transitions
  • Reminder about USMLE Subject exam reviews
  • Grading and Exams
  • Tracking Student Progress
  • Best Practices
  • Human Disease 4 - Annual Course Report

May 2013 - Joint Meeting with CEC

  • Healthcare Disparities
  • Honors and Awards
  • Commencement
  • Essentials of Clinical Medicine - Annual Course Report
  • Progress in Integrated Topics (years 1 and 2)

April 2013

  • Healthcare Disparities
  • Human Disease 3 - Annual Course Report
  • Essentials of Clinical Medicine 3 - Annual Course Report
  • Best Practices

March 2013

  • Black Bag Meeting
  • Healthcare Disparities
  • Human Disease 2 - Annual Course Report
  • Best Practices

February 2013

  • Integrated Work Group Update
  • Remediation - Course Failures

January 2013

  • Human Disease I - Annual Course Report
  • Best Practices
  • Integrated Work Group Update

2012

2012

December 2012

  • Vice Dean Mark Rosenberg - Introduction
  • ExamSoft
  • Pathology and Neuroscience - Annual Course Reports
  • LCME Narrative Assessment

November 2012

  • Student Assessment Committee
  • MSPE
  • Faculty Development
  • Pharmacology - Annual Course Report

October 2012

  • Black Bag Update
  • Best Practices: Active Learning
  • Integrated Work Groups
  • Human Sexuality - Annual Course Report

September 2012

  • Black Bag Update
  • How to Use Disability Services
  • Microbiology and Immunology and Physiology - Annual Course Reports
  • Impact of Year 1 and 2 Course Honors

August 2012

  • LCME Update
  • Orientation and White Coat Ceremony
  • Black Bag Update
  • Best Practices: Assessments
  • Course Exams Discussion

June 2012

  • Transitions and Course Director Changes
  • Best Practices: James Pacala, MD
  • Human Disease 4 - Annual Course Report

May 2012

  • Independent Learning Time
  • Calenders
  • Black Bag Training
  • Best Practices: Human Disease Courses
  • Essentials of Clinical Medicine - Annual Course Report

April 2012

  • LCME Update
  • NBME Subject Exams
  • Best Practices: Setting Expectations for Small Groups
  • Human Disease 2 and 3 - Annual Course Reports

March 2012

  • Education Council Updates
  • LCME Site Visit Prep
  • Best Practices: Setting Expectations for Small Groups
  • Science of Medical Practice - Annual Course Report

February 2012

  • Best Practices: Human Disease III
  • LCME Site Visit Prep
  • Human Structure and Function - Annual Course Report
  • Changes to Curriculum
  • Course Honors

January 2012

  • NBME Subject Exams
  • Black Bag Demonstrations

2011

2011

December 2011

  • Human Disease I - Annual Course Summary
  • TC/DU Governance and Curriculum Oversight
  • LCME Update
  • Mid-Course Assessment Discussion

November 2011

  • Pharmacology - Annual Course Summary
  • LCME Update
  • Individual Course Honors
  • TC/DU Governance and Curriculum Oversight

October 2011

  • LCME Mock Site Visit Follow-up
  • ESC Integration
  • ILT Implementation

September 2011

  • LCME Mock Site Visit Preparation
  • Pathology and Human Sexuality - Annual Course Reports
  • Integration Discussion

August 2011

  • LCME Update
  • Neuroscience - Annual Course Report
  • Conflict of Interest Implementation
  • Ideas for Implementing ILT

July 2011

  • LCME Update
  • Physiology - Annual Course Report
  • Conflict of Interest Discussion

June 2011

  • Embryology Update
  • Microbiology and Human Disease 4 - Annual Course Reports

May 2011

  • LCME Update
  • Comprehensive Basic Science Exam Scores
  • Embryology Update
  • ECM 3B - Annual Course Report
  • Student Evaluation of Courses and Implementation of Grading Policies

April 2011

  • LCME Update
  • 2010 USMLE Step I Scores
  • Match Day Results
  • Human Disease 3 and ECM 3A - Annual Course Reports
  • Embryology and Nutrition Discussion

March 2011

  • LCME Update
  • Human Disease 2 - Annual Course Report
  • Will your course pass LCME scrutiny?
  • Suggestions for Curriculum Changes

February 2011

  • LCME Update
  • Human Structure and Function & Science of Medical Practice - Annual Course Reports
  • LCME Discussion for Years 1 and 2

January 2011

  • LCME Update
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation
  • 2010 Graduation Questionnaire Results and Course Comparison

2010

2010

December 2010

  • LCME Update
  • Human Disease I and ECM I - Annual Course Reports
  • Year 1 and 2 Exams

November 2010

  • LCME Update
  • Exam Development Requirements
  • Year 1 and 2: Exam Grade Policy

October 2010

  • LCME Update
  • New Curriculum: Year 1
  • Honors Discussion

September 2010

  • LCME Update
  • Attendance at Required Course Activities

August 2010

  • LCME Update
  • Evaluation and Assessment Principles

June 2010

  • LCME Self-Study Committees
  • Assessment of Student Performance (Exams, grading, remediation, and transcripts)

April 2010

  • Medical Student Professionalism Code
  • Practical Aspects of the Curriculum (Standardized elements, scheduling, FCT cases, etc.)

February 2010

  • Curriculum Retreat
  • Secure Exam Pilot and Policy
  • Annual Course Review Process