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Curriculum: Molecules to Military Medicine

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Molecules to Military Medicine

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Curriculum Reform Planning Committees Membership

Committees, task forces and support groups were established to guide the "Molecules to Military Medicine" reform process. These advisory groups were comprised of USU faculty members whose expertise spanned the disciplines. They were formed to address all the stages of the medical education continuum. The responsibilities of the committees varied according to group. However, all committees were responsible for achieving the following functions:

  • Addressing the key questions and making recommendations for the overall structure of the "Molecules to Military Medicine" curriculum
  • Conferring with key stakeholders in the School of Medicine curriculum including students, faculty, department chairs, leaders in graduate medical education, patients, and the services' Surgeons General and their representatives
  • Identifying resources needed for their recommendations including faculty development, simulation, information technology and distance learning

The individual responsibilities of each committee are defined below.

Curriculum Reform Task Force & Support Group Membership

These groups were assembled for their special expertise to assist the Curricular Reform Committees in their work of defining the large outline and blocks of the four-year curriculum structure.

Post-Clerkship Committee

Post-Clerkship Working Model - Fall 2010 (30KB PDF)

Assessment Committee

Pre-Clerkship Governance

Pre-Clerkship Governance Plan through Aug 2013 (10 Jan 2013)

Curriculum Reform News Bulletin

Our bulletin was designed to give condensed updates of the most current activity in the curriculum reform effort during 2011. This was an approximately bi-weekly update that kept the USU community informed of the progress being made.

Curriculum Reform Information for Students

Curriculum Reform Information Booklet - Booklet on curriculum reform effort given to incoming students for the Class of 2015.

Town Hall Meeting

The most recent update on the USU Curriculum Reform project was presented to faculty and staff on March 28, 2011. Dean Laughlin addressed the group and then each committee chair discussed the highlights of what has been done so far in their area of the curriculum. A newly updated timeline showed the progress that has been made recently and what deadlines will be coming up in the next few months. The slide presentation and an audio file of the session can be accessed on our Media and Presentations page:

Another status update on the USU Curriculum Reform project was presented to faculty and staff on January 10, 2011, followed by a Q & A session. An updated timeline was presented for the various components of the process, showing the progress that has been made and what to expect in the next couple of months. The slide presentation and an audio file of the session can be accessed on our Media and Presentations page:

Curriculum Reform in the USU Newsletter

Dr. Jeffery Miller's discussion on the curriculum reform process at UCLA is highlighted in the May 10, 2011 issue of "The Pulse." Dr. Miller spoke at USU in April and shared his experiences as he moved from one who was initially against the reform to one who embraced the results. His thoughts on the problems encountered along the way and the ultimate benefits of the reform are timely for our faculty and students.
[Pulse Article on Dr. Jeffery Miller Discussion]

The February 21, 2011 issue of the official USU newsletter, "The Pulse," features an article on the Q&A from the most recent Town Hall meeting on January 10, including descriptions of the major changes, grading system, and detailed layout of the new curriculum. Additional information is provided on some of the highlights of the new curriculum. Faculty members and students continue to provide valuable input to this process. Read the article online: Pulse Newsletter article on Town Hall Q&A and Highlights of New Curriculum

The November 8, 2010 issue of "The Pulse," includes a front-page article on the who, what, where, when and why of the curriculum reform effort here at USUHS. The article explains the thought behind the reform process, highlighting some of the expected changes. Four major committees have tackled this project with the help of many other faculty members - and students - who have provided their input. Read the article online:

Newsletter article about curriculum reform - (11KB PDF)
January 11, 2010


Spring Faculty Assembly

A faculty update on the USU Curriculum Reform project on Feb 23, 2012 focused on progress made so far in the pre-clerkship curriculum, including input from students; and a look ahead to plans for the summer service-specific experiences, the clerkships, and beyond. Faculty and staff will be addressing the challenges still to come in the ongoing revision and review process.

CR Update - Faculty Assembly (23 Feb 2012)

Curriculum Reform: Talking Points and Highlights - (500KB PDF)
December 20, 2010

Presentation about curriculum reform at the Board of Regents Meeting - (1MB PPT)
February 2, 2010

A meeting with basic and clinical chairs on July 8, 2010, "Seeking Input on Curriculum Reform," raised questions about the ongoing curricular reform process. Questions, replies and comments were recorded and provided to working committees as input from department chairs. They are also provided here.
Seeking Input on Curriculum Reform - (21KB DOC)