Curriculum Governance

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Full Policy Contents

Scope
Policy Statement
Reason for Policy
Procedures
Definitions
Sanctions

ADDITIONAL DETAILS
Additional Contacts
Forms
Related Information
History

Effective: Retroactive
Last Updated: 12/15/2016

Responsible University Office:
Medical Student Education

Responsible University Administrator
Executive Associate Dean for Educational Affairs

Policy Contact:
Chairs, Curriculum Council Steering Committee

RESPONSIBLE Co-Chairs of the CCSC
ACCOUNTABLE CCSC
SUPPORT MSE
CONSULT Deputy General Counsel
INFORM Faculty Steering Committee

LCME Standards

8.1 1 SD


Scope

This policy applies to all campuses, courses, and clerkships of the Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM).


Policy Statement

The Curriculum Council Steering Committee (CCSC) sets curricular policy for the Indiana University School of Medicine and as policies are endorsed by the Dean, the Council will have oversight responsibility for ensuring implementation.

CCSC Charge, 8.1 (1), 8.3 (1). The CCSC oversees with the design of the School's curriculum for medical students. The CCSC identifies strategic curricular directions, ensures that the IUSM curriculum reflects the broader school education mission and is attentive to national trends in medicine and medical education. The CCSC actively manages the curriculum at all nine campuses to ensure implementation of priority curricular initiatives, a robust statewide curriculum with appropriate attention to curricular gaps and unwanted redundancy, equivalency of the curriculum, and attention to LCME Standards. The CCSC reviews data at specified intervals to monitor and evaluate the curriculum as a whole and make informed decisions to enhance, coordinate and ensure coherence of the educational program.

Relationship to the Dean, 8.1 (1), 8.3 (1). The CCSC sets curricular policy for the Indiana University School of Medicine and as policies are endorsed by the Dean, the CCSC will have oversight responsibility for ensuring implementation.

Relationship to the Faculty Steering Committee, 8.1 (1), 8.3 (1). The Faculty Steering Committee (FSC) is the principal representative body of the faculty and its collaboration with school administration, the campus, and the university. Each spring, the faculty members of the School of Medicine elect representatives to key offices and committees such as the CCSC to serve as the voice of the faculty in the governance of the school, the campus, and the university. The vitality and quality of our work as clinicians, educators, and researchers hinges in part of the quality of this representation. More information about the responsibilities and charge of these individuals and committees are available below.


Reason for Policy

The CCSC seeks to create a professional culture and learning environment that enhances our educational endeavor and fosters excellence through a competency-based curriculum, and so intentionally works with transparency and in collaboration with faculty, staff and student colleagues.


Approval

Approved by the CCSC 10/2016


Procedures

Committee Procedures, 8.1 (4)

a. Membership. Recommendations are made to the Education Executive Associate Dean (EAD)/Senior Associate Dean for filling of the position, and they are conferred with the acknowledgement of the CCSC chair. Members for all the committees are:

  • Appointed members on recommendations of the committee chairs, with approval of the EAD
  • Voted representation from the faculty under the FSC nomination process and voting
  • Ex officio members and student members by appointment by the MSC and then approval by the relevant chairs.
  • ESC committee chair is appointed by the CCCC chair

b. Term Limits. Term limits are only relevant to student members (1 year) and voted faculty representation (2 years).

Structure of CCSC, 8.1 (1)

a. Organizational Chart

Organizational Chart

b. Subcommittee descriptions, 8.1 (1)

Foundational Component Committee (FCC)

Committee Description/Oversight: The Foundational Component Committee oversees the creation, implementation, and review of basic science education at IUSM; it focuses on identifying areas of need, reviewing curricular initiatives, and evaluating outcomes. The FCC recommends policy on matters relating to the basic science curriculum as a whole and reports to the CCSC.

Meetings: Scheduled meeting times: 12-1 on the 4th Tuesday of each month

Meetings per month: 1

Average monthly work of membership/month (in hours): 1-2 in addition to meeting attendance

Clinical Component Committee (CCC) 8.1 (1)

Committee Description/Oversight: The Clinical Component Committee oversees the creation, implementation, and review of clinical science education at IUSM; it focuses on identifying areas of need, reviewing curricular initiatives, and evaluating outcomes. The CCC recommends policy on matters relating to the clinical science curriculum and reports to the CCSC.

Meetings: Scheduled meeting times: 12 noon–1 pm, first Tuesday of each month

Meetings per month: 1

Average monthly work of membership/month (in hours): 2+ in addition to meeting attendance

Elective Sub-committee (ESC) 8.1 (1)

Committee Description/Oversight: The Elective subcommittee oversees the review and approval of all medical student electives. The subcommittee also reviews special electives, including all international electives, for individual students. Review and revision of the elective catalog is also an ongoing task for this group.

Meetings per month: 1

Average monthly work of membership/month (in hours): 1–3 hours in addition to meeting attendance.

ASC Compliance/Standards/Outcomes, 8.1 (1)
Committee Description/Oversight: The Academic Standards Committee (ASC) of IUSM is charged with implementing a systematic evaluation process for the curricular components of the medical education program. During the review process, a diverse multi-disciplinary review team, including basic science and clinical faculty, medical students, and educational staff, examine documents (e.g., syllabi) and outcomes and evaluation data (e.g., evaluations, exam scores, GQ). They then present a summary of their findings to committee members at a committee meeting to allow for further dialogue and reflection regarding potential areas in need of attention. Following this presentation, the review team leader, ASC Chair, and Director of Program Evaluation for UME meet with clerkship directors to share the review team’s findings and recommendations in an effort to promote further dialogue and reflection on potential action plans. During the 2012-2013 academic year, the ASC completed its first review of all clerkships statewide.

Educational Policy Sub-committee (EPSC) 8.1 (1)

Committee Description/Oversight: The Policy Subcommittee will review, revise and make recommendations for undergraduate medical education policies in accordance with the requirements by the LCME, IUSM and University regulations.


Definitions

LCME – Liaison Committee for Medical Education is the accrediting body medical education programs leading to the MD degree in the United States and Canada.



Additional Contacts

Subject Contact Phone Email
MSE Windi Hornsby (317) 278-5828 whornsby@iu.edu

Forms

http://facultysteering.medicine.iu.edu/resources/


Related Information

LCME Standards (Functions and Structure of a Medical School): http://lcme.org/publications/#Standards

IUSM Committee Information:
http://faculty.medicine.iu.edu/otherPages/committees.php


History

Original Policy Approved by CCSC: October 2016
Submitted under the policy template: November 2016

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