Curriculum Management Committee Charge

The Curriculum Management Committee (CMC) is the institutional entity (i.e., the faculty committee) that oversees the medical education program as a whole and that has responsibility for the design, management, integration, evaluation and enhancement of a coherent and coordinated curriculum. Its authority originates by delegated powers from the School of Medicine Faculty Executive Committee. The Curriculum Management Committee is by design a predominately faculty committee that has full authority and final approval over curriculum for the medical education program leading to the MD degree at WSUSOM. Through its management and oversight of the undergraduate program leading to the Medical Doctor (M.D.) degree, the Curriculum Management Committee ensures that students learn the requisite knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors to be well prepared and highly qualified for subsequent medical licensure, postgraduate residency training, and a successful career in the field of medicine.

The CMC is an oversight and decision making entity. Major responsibilities of the CMC are to:

  • Set priorities
  • Establish accountability
  • Ensure timely follow up of designated and approved actions
  • Engage in continuous curricular assessment and quality improvement
  • Engage in the systematic collection, analysis, and interpretation of relevant data for the purposes of identifying curricular challenges and curricular strengths and to act on this information in support of curricular improvement and the establishment of an optimal learning environment
  • Evaluate program effectiveness by outcomes analysis, using best practices and national metrics of accomplishment as a frame of reference
  • Monitor content and workload in each discipline, including the identification of omissions and unplanned redundancies
  • Review stated objectives of each individual curricular component and of methods of instruction and student assessment to ensure their linkage to and congruence with institutional educational objectives
  • Monitor and enforce existing educational policies and developing and recommending new policies
  • Provide reports and recommendations to the School of Medicine Dean, the Vice Dean for Medical Education, the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate, relevant Offices of the School of Medicine and the Faculty and students as a whole as is appropriate.

Role of the Curriculum Management Committee

  • Build and maintain a culture of continuous quality improvement in all aspects of curriculum management.
  • Monitor and approve the regular systematic course/clerkship reviews with respect to objectives, content, instructional activities, time allocation, evaluative procedures, outcomes, and to make recommendations for improvement. A formal review of each course/clerkship occurs annually.
  • Monitor and approve the regular systematic reviews of the medical education curriculum, including segments of the curriculum and the curriculum phases, and review of the entire/overall curriculum to make recommendations for revisions to ensure the achievement of the medical education program objectives (formal review every five years).
  • Ensure there is horizontal and vertical integration (i.e., that curriculum content is coordinated and integrated within and across academic years/phases).
  • Advise, recommend, and approve minor and major proposed curriculum revisions. Any changes to course objectives, assessment methods, or teaching delivery methods must be approved by the Curriculum Management Committee.
  • Adjudicate and resolve major curricular disputes and issues.
  • Review the quality of the education being delivered at each of the partnered Clinical sites ensuring comparable education experiences and equivalent methods of assessment across all Clinical Campus Partners.
  • Conduct regular reviews of processes and procedures designed for the students’ evaluation of faculty performance and to make recommendations for improvement.
  • Set priorities and charge subcommittees to improve the curriculum.
  • Review recommendations of subcommittees and approve all curriculum and program
  • Review all activities conducted by the subcommittees or other ad-hoc committees convened by the Curriculum Management Committee.
  • Monitor and enforce existing policies related to curriculum management and to develop and recommend new policies to the Dean.
  • Review any proposals brought by students, faculty, staff and administration.
  • Continually report to the students, faculty, staff and administration on Curriculum Management Committee activities.

Comments and questions 

  • The Curriculum Management Committee welcomes input from the School of Medicine community.
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