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Office of Curricular Affairs (OCA) and Curriculum Leadership

Office of Curricular Affairs

The stated purpose of the Office of Curricular Affairs (OCA) is to oversee and support curriculum development and implementation, curriculum evaluation and outcomes assessment, faculty development programs, and resources management related to these activities. The mission of the OCA is to build a collaboration of faculty, staff and students that is committed to the development and support of teaching and learning at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

To accomplish this mission, the OCA has the following goals:

  1. Providing leadership and collaborating with faculty, staff and students to plan, implement, enrich and revise the curriculum.
  2. Providing educational support services to facilitate the planning and delivery of the ongoing basic science and clinical instructional activities.
  3. Developing and implementing programs to assess learners and evaluate educational activities that will provide valid, reliable and useful data on the processes and outcomes of teaching and learning.
  4. Creating and implementing opportunities for teacher – learner development that will build educational excellence.
  5. Seeking opportunities to work with faculty and students on educational scholarship and research about methods, assessment, teaching and learning in medical education and supporting the dissemination of findings at both local and national levels.
  6. Building a communication network among faculty, staff and students to enhance the sharing of best practices and the commitment to quality improvement.
  7. Providing support and expertise for seeking external funds to enable the piloting and development of educational innovations.


Curriculum Leadership

  • Patricia A. Thomas, MD, FACP
    Vice Dean for Medical Education
  • Amy L. Wilson-Delfosse, PhD
    Associate Dean for Curriculum
  • Colleen M. Croniger, PhD
    Assistant Dean for Basic Science Education
    Assistant Dean for Medical Student Research
  • Susan Padrino, MD
    Assistant Dean for Clinical Sciences
  • Klara Papp, PhD
    Director of Assessment and Evaluations 
  • Mamta K. Singh, MD, MS
    Assistant Dean for Health Systems Sciences

Office of Curricular Affairs Staff

  • Katharyn Battistone, M.Ed.
    Assessment Administration Manager
  • Dyna Bolar-Speights
    Coordinator of Physical Diagnosis
  • Carol Chalkley
    Administrative Director, Clinical Curriculum
  • Diane Dowd, Ph.D.
    Assistant Director of Student Assessment
  • Nivo Hanson
    Assistant Director of Education Support Team
  • Jennifer Lennon
    Administrative Director of Clinical Curriculum

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Published and maintained by the Office of Student Affairs and the Academic Societies
Revised 4/19/18