Update: Work continues toward 2016 new curriculum launch

October 29, 2015

Preparing future physicians to meet the challenges of an ever-changing healthcare environment is one goal of the IU School of Medicine’s curriculum renewal, which launches next fall with the Class of 2020. With a strong focus on integrating clinical experiences and basic sciences, the new curriculum offers opportunities for learners to more deeply explore foundational science specifically in their chosen specialty. Collaboration within learning communities and interprofessional learning experiences are additional benefits of the new curriculum. Renewal efforts will help ensure that the best aspects of IUSM’s curriculum -- teaching modalities, integrated courses, clinical/scientific expertise and block scheduling -- are available to students on all campuses.

The 2016 curriculum will focus on integrating clinical experiences and basic sciences. | Photo By IU School of Medicine

Bradley Allen, M.D., Ph.D., senior associate dean for Medical Student Education, and Maureen Harrington, Ph.D., assistant dean of Medical Student Curriculum Phase I, recently offered an update on progress and what’s in store for learners.

What are the course implementation teams currently focused on?

Supporting the fall 2016 launch, Phase 1, Year 1 course implementation teams are working on the sequencing of course content and identifying instructional modalities. The implementation teams for Phase 1, Year 2 courses will be charged in December.

How is planning progressing on Phases 2 and 3?

We remain engaged in recruiting assistant deans for these phases. Soon, the Medical Student Education team will work with the Curriculum Council Steering Committee and Curriculum Council Clinical Component Committee to form a Phase 2 planning and implementation team.

How will IUSM’s expanded partnership with MedHub support successful curriculum implementation?

Supporting the new curriculum, MedHub, a best-in-class tool for managing student data and various processes and functions, will facilitate curricular mapping (current legacy curriculum and the new curriculum), course scheduling, conference attendance, distribution of curricula and evaluations. MedHub will help us better serve learners by making it easier for faculty to enter grades, by creating smoother workflows and by preventing missing, duplicated or conflicting data.

Additionally through MedHub, our campuses and programs will be able to “talk” to one another, creating efficiencies that mean improved administrative effort and higher-quality reliable data. This ultimately enhances our work toward re-accreditation and propels continuous quality improvement in everything we do.

How does the curriculum planning timeline affect our current students?

While students in the Classes of 2016-2019 will continue with the legacy curriculum through graduation, they will have opportunities to engage with the new curriculum as changes and improvements are made. To ensure a smooth transition, the new curriculum will be implemented one year at a time beginning with next fall’s incoming class. As a result, these students will be enrolled in new foundational science courses and take part in integrated clinical experiences.