These groups have special expertise that can assist the Curricular Reform Committees in their work of defining the large outline and blocks of the four-year curriculum structure.
It is the responsibility of the Committees themselves to identify the needed input from the essential stakeholders in the curriculum, such as faculty, course and clerkship directors, departmental chairs, students, GME leaders, MHS leaders and patients. The Task Forces and Support Groups were established in order to provide specialized expertise and advice.
Curricular Reform Task Forces are groups of faculty and/or administration staff that will help the Co-directors and the Curricular Reform Committees create coherent streaming of important topics in the syllabus across the four years of the curriculum. They provide "content expertise" for specific issues such as patient safety and quality of care, physicians' use of electronic health records, and military medicine. There may be some overlap in the content areas of the groups, and they will work together.
Works with the committees and other working groups to ensure the learning and assessment of the essential competencies for documenting clinical care, retrieving patient-specific information and accessing current clinical and scientific knowledge.
Helps the committees design curriculum and assessment to ensure that MHS physicians enhance and extend the state-of-the-art of medical care.
Works with the committees and working groups to ensure that students develop an understanding of how society, family, and one's own viewpoint and beliefs as a care provider affect both the health and care of patients and also the physician's own well-being.
Works with the committees to integrate and reinforce the understanding of genetics and emerging developments in genomic medicine, as it relates to both the basic sciences and to clinical practice.
September 20, 2012 - Molecular and Cellular Biology USUHS Graduate Program Seminar:
"Genomic Data Analysis in Clinical Practice & Research" by Mark S. Boguski, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School
Center for Biomedical Informatics & Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA
Dr. Boguski is one of the developers of the first Pathology Residency Program in Personal Genomics. In his seminar Dr. Boguski reviewed the advances in sequencing technologies, the advantage of using personal genome and transcriptome information in targeted treatment of malignant conditions and the ethical, legal and financial challenges in applying personal genome sequencing to medical practice.