Curriculum Revision and Development
The WCUCOM is undertaking a curriculum revision and development process. Curriculum revision and development requires the consideration of the many changes occurring in the healthcare environment, instructional settings and approaches, and in educational and medical technologies.Based upon current research in medical education, we are conducting ongoing assessment of the existing curriculum to determine strengths, gaps, and redundancies with the aim of developing changes that reflect best practices in the delivery of osteopathic medical education.
Our approach combines ongoing "pilot" changes as well as larger-scale changes in overall course and curricular structure. This quality improvement initiative is guided by the work of special working groups, task forces, the Curriculum Council, and the Council on Organizational Quality Assurance. The safe delivery of patient-centered care is our ultimate goal for our graduates, with training based on a learner-centered model of instructional delivery.
The overarching parameters for change involve moving from a discipline-based curriculum to a curriculum with greater emphasis on the integration of the biomedical and clinical sciences. The structure will remain grounded in osteopathic core competencies as identified by the AOA and AACOM with a focus on training in primary care. The piloting of curricular revisions will begin in Fall 2013 and extend over a three-year period.
Curriculum revision and development components: