After assembling the Curriculum Redesign Committee (CRC) in Spring 2019, the first meetings consisted of three half-day retreats, facilitated by the Tufts Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT). The goal of these meetings was to develop the outcomes that we want from our new curriculum and this list of outcomes will be used to guide us as we tackle the complex challenges of redesigning the DVM curriculum.
At these three retreats, the CRC asked the questions: What do we need to know and learn? What do our students need to know and learn? Who do we want our students to be and what learning environment do we want for them? What are the trends in veterinary medicine and who is the future veterinary student? The CRC then narrowed down these discussions to begin identifying Cummings outcomes and align them with the AVMA-COE Competencies and the Competency Based Veterinary Education (CBVE) Domains of Competency.
The Cummings outcomes identified were:
• Develop and Maintain Foundational Knowledge
• Have Foundational Diagnostic Acumen
• Be Technically Competent
• Have Strong Medical Problem-solving Skills
• Be Able to Communicate with a Variety of Stakeholders including Lay Public
• Have Professional Skills and Understand/Exhibit Professionalism
• Possess Business Skills
• Be Compassionate and Caring
• Have Good Personal Qualities and a Passion for the Profession
• Be Life-Long Learners
• Have Deeper Understanding and Curiosity
In addition to these outcomes, a list of major issues that needed further discussion were identified.
The CRC meets the first Monday of each month from 8:00 to 9:30 AM and the third Wednesday of each month from 12:00 to 1:30 PM.