Pilot Initiatives

As we progress through the curriculum revision and refinement process, we will continue to make changes to the existing curriculum to improve learning for current students. These changes take the form of pilot projects based on feedback we receive about the current curriculum as well as what we are learning from the development process for the larger scale revision. The pilots help us refine our change processes and enhance collaboration within all sectors of the WCUCOM academic community.

Current and ongoing projects
  • Engage a broad cross-section of stakeholders in the curriculum revision and development process
  • Uncover gaps and redundancies in content coverage and make corrections
  • Increase the use of case-based teaching and assessment within the curriculum
  • Standardize a minimum number of formative assessments used within each course; pilot the approach
  • Align all course- and lecture-level objectives with the osteopathic core competencies
  • Enhance existing approaches to COMLEX preparation

    • Pilot use of online testing methodologies to move towards COMLEX-style testing formats as final exams in preclinical courses
    • Provide Q-Banks for use by students and faculty, with the aim of aligning course content
  • Continue to promote congruence of clerkship courses across sites
  • Continue to connect curricular assessment to mission plans and objectives of the COM
  • To help students gain understanding of population health and to extend their awareness of global health issues, an international rotation elective was added as an additional training opportunity beginning in fall 2013
  • The COM has a newly-formed, interdisciplinary Curriculum Council organized in November 2012 to review and evaluate the curriculum
Long-term and upcoming projects
  • Provide ongoing faculty development to increase use of active learning strategies
  • Explore course groupings that promote student learning of core subject matter and enhance opportunities for the integration of biomedical and clinical science course content
  • Continue to develop horizontal and vertical integration of topics into existing courses across all four years (e.g., communication, geriatrics, medication compliance, ethics, professionalism)
  • Increase opportunities for early, field-based clinical experiences
  • Continue to develop and refine level-based competencies linked to the mission and targeted graduate outcomes
  • Refine alignment of course exams with COMLEX-style question formats
  • Continue with improvements to student assessment through increasing use of case-based questions, formative assessment tools, and performance tracking (e.g., CAMS, ExamSoft, Source one45) that support data comparison