Medical School new curriculum update: Specific plans, important answers, June 3 town hall, and more

March 11, 2015  //  FOUND IN: Announcements,

As the hard work of more than 200 faculty, staff and students continues on the new medical student curriculum, more details about plans for 2016, 2017 and 2018 are coming into sharper focus. The answers to several important questions that have arisen over the past few months are highlighted in a major update to the Curriculum Strategic Planning website.

A process that has been two years in the making — and was boosted significantly by a $1.1 million grant from the American Medical Association’s “Accelerating Change in Medical Education” initiative — is yielding exciting new details, a specific timeline, and a name.

Titled “Michigan Medicine: Transforming. Creating. Leading.” — the new curriculum will graduate students who will be able to lead the change in health, health care and health care science that society needs.

Over the past six months, Medical School leadership has taken “Michigan Medicine” on the road, meeting with members of 29 departments and divisions to share information about the transformation and what it will mean for faculty, staff and students. The meetings have heightened the buzz around the future of medical education, and are leading to enhanced communication around the answers to key questions, accompanied by diagrams that more easily show the planned changes.

The goal of this “March Update” is to help to explain the proposed shift in how we teach medicine and leadership to medical students. In addition to providing more detailed descriptions of the “Trunk,” “Branches” and the “M-Home,” the web update includes answers to several questions. For example:

  • What are the main differences between the old and new curriculum?
  • What are M1 students going to get out of being in the clinical setting from the beginning?
  • How will students continue to do research in the Medical School?

The update is an informational tool for all members of the Health System community, including UMMS faculty who will vote on the changes online from June 10-24, 2015. Visitors to the website, including prospective and incoming students, can learn more about the rationale for change, and specific plans that are being implemented this coming fall.

Faculty also will have the opportunity to learn more at a town hall meeting from 5:30-7:30 p.m. June 3 in Dow Auditorium of the Towsley Center for Continuing Medical Education.

More details about the curricular transformation can be found at: http://curriculum.med.umich.edu/

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