The Curriculum Redesign Committee (CRC) began regular meetings in September 2019 by tackling some structural elements of curricula. Three issues have been discussed and voted on by the CRC thus far:
Tracking – Do we want a curriculum with tracks where students choose which species or discipline that they are interested in at an early point in their veterinary education? We reviewed other institutions with specific curriculum tracks and discussed our ultimate desire to have a curriculum with breadth and depth across species and disciplines for all students. The committee decided not to explore tracking any further.
Competency Based Veterinary Education (CBVE) Framework – the CRC reviewed the information provided by the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges and decided to incorporate the framework into the redesigned curriculum.
Foundational and Elective Content – Do we want every student to have the exact same didactic curriculum or can we break out the content we identify as foundational and let the students choose elective courses for the rest? We, again, reviewed other institutions with elective content and discussed that while we want our students to have a broad foundation, they should have the opportunity to explore areas in greater depth. With no opposition, the CRC voted to have a curriculum that includes both foundational and elective content.
Throughout the design phase, we will work on structural elements such as these while also designing a curriculum to meet the outcomes identified at the beginning of the process. The CRC will be asking course directors and Cummings faculty for their input at regular intervals and forums are planned for December.