As the CRC continues to meet two times per month, a framework for the new curriculum is beginning to take shape. We are still deliberating where things will fall in to place, but here is what we can share:
• Our weekly schedule for years 1-3 will likely include lecture content in the mornings and interactive sessions in the afternoon.
• The beginning of year 1 will likely include a preclinical science foundation before moving on to the foundational core curriculum.
• We will likely have ongoing educational “threads” that students will revisit from year to year. These threads include research and evidence-based medicine, clinical relevance, expanded clinical skills, doctoring skills and a revamped selectives program.
• We will have classroom electives available to all students.
One of the hardest issues to tackle is time. How much time do we have to give our students the best education we can? How much time do we spend on foundational coursework? How much time do we give students to pursue their own interests with electives and at what time is that appropriate? How much time do we give students for clinics and can we carve out some time in the first or second year for a clinical experience?
As we wrestle with these questions, we are keenly aware of the needs of our community. We consistently touch base about student wellness and optimum learning, faculty needs and what we are capable of in our physical space. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.