I-Explore: Proposing a new curriculum at UC Davis School of Medicine
The School of Medicine has been engaged in an exciting and comprehensive effort to re-vision our curriculum to best prepare our graduates for the practice of medicine in the 21st century. Most recently in this process, Vice Chancellor David Lubarsky and Interim Dean Lars Berglund tasked Associate Dean for Curriculum and Medical Education Kristin Olson with assembling a curriculum redesign team of faculty, residents, students and staff to develop 2-3 curricular plans for broader discussion.
After nearly a year of intensive work by the Curriculum Design Team, two versions of the I-EXPLORE curriculum (“Blue” and “Gold”) were presented to the Committee on Educational Policy (CEP) in January 2020. Over the following two months, Dr. Colleen Sweeney (Chair of CEP) led the committee in a thorough examination of the two plans, which included a student survey and faculty survey. CEP then voted to approve the Blue Plan and recommended it to the Faculty Executive Committee (FEC) for adoption. On March 11, the FEC voted unanimously to approve the Blue Plan and began preparations for a faculty vote.
In preparation for the upcoming vote, CEP and FEC are hosting three virtual town halls for faculty to ask questions of Curriculum Design Team members. These town halls are organized around the Basic Science, Medical Science and Surgical Science departments so that more specific departmental interests can be better reflected in the discussions.