Millennium Curriculum Project Update - June 25, 1998
1. Dr. John Mieyal, Dr. Charles Hoppel, and Dr. Michael Maguire presented an overview of the Pharmacology proposal. There was support for continuation of the concentrated doses of pharmacology now occurring in the first year in the form of the integrative Fundamentals of Therapeutic Agents (FTA) committee and in the second year in the form of the Drug Action and Biodisposition (DAB) section, where small groups are led by faculty teams consisting of one clinician paired with one basic scientist. The DAB curriculum is built around clinical cases, and the small group discussion promotes active learning. The pharmacology component for the third year would be new and would consist of clinical pharmacology conferences organized by faculty from the Divisions of Clinical Pharmacology and Pediatric Clinical Pharmacology. In year four all students would be required to write a paper, which would involve performing a literature survey of innovative therapeutic developments. For those students already involved in writing up their research projects, this requirement would be waived. Discussion focused on the pros and cons of the required paper.
2. Current surgery core clerkship directors, Dr. Christopher Brandt and Dr. Marjie Persons presented the Surgery proposal. The curriculum committee of the Association of Surgical Education is changing and developing a new manual of surgical objectives with a problem-based approach that will be published the end of July. A list of chapter headings from the new Manual of Surgical Objectives was distributed and was applauded for its emphasis on how a patient presents. The topic outline lends itself well to coordination with the electronic curriculum. Drs. Brandt and Persons had chosen altered Gastrointestinal Function as a sample subject for the CWRU surgery proposal.
3. Dr. Anne Taylor presented the proposal on Womens Health. Currently we have no model that addresses the concept of gender. The overriding theme is to identify clear gender differences and how gender influences health. Grant money (hopefully obtained in August) is needed to fund one person that would help each committee examine its entire content to locate gender-based differences so that it could expand on already existing material or begin to include relevant gender-based differences material. Medical work-study students could be an excellent resource in searching the electronic curriculum and creating a web page.
4. Dr. Lansing Hoskins, section leader of Gastrointestinal-Nutrition-Fundamentals of Therapeutic Agents, distributed a preliminary outline on plans for the "GINUP" section. Steps to be addressed: 1) determination of what graduating fourth year students need to know about the normal structure and function of the gastrointestinal tract and its disorders, 2) involvement of clinicians, basic scientists, nutrition experts, and other relevant faculty currently involved in our teaching, 3) prioritization of topics to determine order and sequencing.
5. Discussion followed on the role of information technology in assuring that faculty know what their fellow members are teaching so that we can increase efficiency. The Core Academic Program Coordinator announced that beginning this year, faculty are required to submit learning objectives for each lecture. Dr. Klara Papp will hold a seminar on how to define learning objectives. Those who do not have direct CWRUnet access will need to come to the Computer Lab, Room E324 of the School of Medicine, to do their learning objectives.