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Dean's Message

Curriculum redesign underway
         On July 12-13, a large group of faculty (and two students) developed the next steps for our Curriculum Redesign. We started with an overview of the process to date, the case for redesign that goes back to our early development, and where we are now in that process. The goals of the meeting were the following: 
  • To re-energize the Curriculum Redesign process.
  • To re-agree on the principles for redesign.
  • To work together in a collaborative way to develop the final model for redesign.
  • To have the official model structure that the Florida State University College of Medicine will use to build the new curriculum.

         Dr. Alma Littles provided the charge to the group, and Dr. Chris Mulrooney provided facilitation to move the process along. The group was divided into three work teams whose charge was to develop the model that they thought best served the principles of redesign (patient-focused using the Doctoring Continuum as a framework, fully integrated content, competency-based and developmental with progressive learning, and learner-centered). The three groups then went off on their own to develop their models, and Dr. Littles and I walked around to observe, and if necessary, provide direction or clarification. Dr. Mulrooney also served to refocus groups at several points in his facilitator role. My observation of these groups was that they all worked very hard, were fully engaged, were very serious about their work and recognized the need to advance the curriculum. There was not always full agreement at every point, but disagreements were well negotiated.

  On the next day, group leaders presented their work to the larger group for discussion and questions. We then had a focused discussion on similarities and differences among the models. Major similarities were:  
  • Case presentations would play major roles in each unit.
  • Units would be fully integrated without using names of disciplines.
  • The summer start with anatomy and doctoring would remain in place but likely with some new additions and a new name.
  • Cases would have an increasing level of complexity as the curriculum progressed. 
  • A set time toward the end of second year would focus on USMLE prep and preparation for clerkships.
  • All models would be attentive to incorporate the Bridge Program. 
       We then discussed the major differences among the models and what people thought about them. After a lively discussion, I committed to taking all of the great feedback and working with the three group leaders and Drs. Littles and Mulrooney to develop the official model that best summarizes the work. We projected to accomplish this within two weeks of the end of the meeting, and then share it with the larger community. This small group is now looking at the results of this work. The plan is to have a series of meetings to discuss the model and identify the next steps.
      I was extremely pleased with the energy, enthusiasm and dedication of the participants and look forward to taking our next steps. We all agreed that this was a great beginning but that there was a great deal of future work left to make this happen. I believe we accomplished our objectives, but there are many more details to come. 
Dean (Pictured above with Ken Winnard (M.D., '12) and Alma Littles, M.D.)

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