Policy on

Composition and Authority of the Curriculum Committee

The curriculum committee is a standing committee of the faculty that makes recommendations to the dean on all matters relating to the design, management, integration, evaluation, and enhancement of the medical school curriculum.

The curriculum committee includes an executive committee and three subcommittees as described below. If, at any time, the workload of the executive committee or the subcommittees exceeds the mission and charge of the existing subcommittees, the chair of the curriculum committee or one of its subcommittees, in consultation with the dean, can form additional ad hoc subcommittees.
 

The executive committee of the curriculum committee consists of faculty educators from both the First 100 Weeks educational program, the Second 100 Weeks educational program, selected by the assistant deans of each of the academic periods. The membership of the curriculum committee includes at-large faculty members, selected by the faculty council and approved by the dean, as well as student representatives from each class of the student body, selected by the student council. The senior associate dean for education serves as a liaison to the curriculum committee and is a non-voting member. The chair is appointed by the dean. The Dean’s Office may provide additional member(s) who are ex-officio, non-voting members of the committee.

Terms for faculty members are three years with the option to renew for an additional three years. Terms for student members are four years.

A quorum shall consist of at least nine voting committee members.

Curriculum committee meetings are closed, except for invitees.
 

The First 100 Weeks subcommittee is charged with oversight of the design and implementation of each curricular block of the First 100 Weeks educational program in a logical and integrated manner. The First 100 Weeks subcommittee has the authority to make minor changes to curricular content, assessments, or pedagogies used at the session and course level, but not at the academic period level. Any substantive changes or changes at the academic period level must be discussed by the executive committee.

The First 100 Weeks subcommittee shall be composed of all First 100 Weeks course directors, select faculty members who teach full-time, and select members of the leadership team as the subcommittee chair shall require. Staff members from the Offices of Curriculum Support and Assessment & Evaluation may be invited to attend subcommittee meetings and executive committee members are always welcome to attend.

The First 100 Weeks subcommittee is chaired by the assistant dean for medical education, who reports to the executive committee monthly. The subcommittee chair ensures that appropriate representation from each of the courses and curricular threads, as well as administrative staff and education leadership, are present at each meeting.

The First 100 Weeks Subcommittee meets at least quarterly or more frequently, as needed.
 

The Second 100 Weeks Subcommittee is charged with oversight of the design and implementation of each curricular block of the Second 100 Weeks educational program in a logical and integrated manner. The Second 100 Weeks subcommittee has the authority to make minor changes to curricular content, assessments, or pedagogies used at the session and course level, but not at the academic period level. Any substantive changes or changes at the academic period level must be discussed by the executive committee.

The Second 100 Weeks subcommittee shall be composed of all clerkship and acting internship directors, and select members of the leadership team as the subcommittee chair shall require. Staff members from the Offices of Curriculum Support and Assessment & Evaluation may be invited to attend subcommittee meetings and executive committee members are always welcome to attend.

The Second 100 Weeks subcommittee is chaired by the assistant dean for the advanced clinical experience, who reports to the executive committee monthly. The subcommittee chair ensures that appropriate representation from each of the courses and curricular threads, as well as administrative staff and education leadership, are present at each meeting.

The Second 100 Weeks subcommittee meets at least quarterly and more frequently, as needed.
 

The Professionalism Subcommittee (PC) is charged with oversight of the design and implementation of curriculum and assessment related to professionalism and professional identity formation and recommending appropriate action and consequences for students whose professional performance is of concern. The Professionalism Subcommittee has the authority to make minor changes to the curricular content, assessments, and pedagogies used at the course and clerkship level, in conjunction with the First 100 Weeks and Second 100 Weeks Subcommittees, respectively. Any substantive changes or changes at the academic period level must be discussed by the executive committee.

The Professionalism Subcommittee consists of faculty educators from different areas of the curriculum and student representatives from each class of the student body selected by the Student Council. Faculty members are nominated by their respective committees and approved by the chair with input from student members. The associate dean for professionalism and doctoring skills serves as the chair and a non-voting member of the PC and reports to the executive committee monthly. The subcommittee chair ensures that appropriate representation from each of the educational areas, students as well as administrative staff and education leadership, are present at each meeting.

Members of the Professionalism Subcommittee must recuse themselves from the presentation, deliberation, and vote about a student with whom they have a conflict of interest, as defined in the Policy on Educational Conflicts of Interest and Recusal. 

The meetings are closed, except for invitees. All deliberations are confidential.