Education Council

The Education Council formulates policies and plans for all educational activities sponsored by the School of Medicine, which include but are not limited to, the undergraduate medical curriculum, graduate and postgraduate medical education, continuing medical education, and community education. The Education Council determines the objectives, general form, and content of the educational programs, and assures their quality. It may also request subordinate committees to deal with any issues related to the educational programs. It oversees the integration of the School of Medicine faculty into the Graduate Programs. It considers the roles of off-site faculty, affiliated hospitals, and community faculty in these educational endeavors. It makes recommendations regarding priorities for the use of available resources.

Committee on Undergraduate Medical Education (CUME)

The CUME serves as the school’s curriculum committee for the educational program leading to the M.D. degree. It approves policies for all aspects of the undergraduate curriculum, determines the structure of the curriculum, educational philosophy, overall curriculum objectives, criteria for student evaluation, promotion and graduation. Through its three subcommittees it oversees management of the curriculum, and the ongoing review of individual courses, segments of the curriculum, and the curriculum as a whole. It assesses long range needs regarding the direction and evolution of the educational program, and explores and evaluates innovative trends in medical education. As necessary, it initiates and oversees strategic planning for the undergraduate medical education program. Finally, it ensures institutional compliance with all LCME accreditation standards, as well as relevant institutional policies, and state and federal regulations.

The CUME has authority over all educational activities related to the undergraduate medical education program. Its actions are sent to the Educational Council for ratification. It directs the activities of, and receives regular reports from, its three subcommittees. All actions and/or recommendations of its subcommittee are reviewed and approved by CUME. At its discretion, and as appropriate, the CUME may create any ad hoc committee to address any aspect of the undergraduate medical education program.

Curriculum Policy Subcommittee (CPSC)

The CPSC is responsible for the review, updating, and creation of policies for the undergraduate medical education program to ensure that existing policies meet the requirements of the LCME, and relevant institutional, state and federal policies, regulations, and laws. All actions and/or recommendations of CPSC are reviewed and approved by CUME.

Curriculum Operating Subcommittee (COSC)

The COSC is responsible for the day-to-day operation and management of the curriculum. It develops yearly academic calendars, ensures appropriate integration and coordination of content within the curriculum, identifies and eliminates unwanted redundancies and gaps in content coverage, assesses curricular needs (i.e., space, technology, and faculty expertise) and reports these needs to CUME, implements academic policy, and identifies new policies needed to ensure the effective delivery of the curriculum. All actions and/or recommendations of COSC are reviewed and approved by CUME.

Course and Curriculum Evaluation Subcommittee (CCESC)

The CCESC will review annual course evaluations and related course director annual reports, and make recommendations on ways in which each course can be improved. On a five-year cycle, the CCESC will review the phases of the curriculum and the curriculum as a whole. The phase and full curriculum reviews will include benchmarking of student performance against institutional goals and objectives, as well as against available national data. Lastly, the CCESC will continuously monitor institutional compliance with LCME standards.

All findings and/or recommendations of CPSC are reviewed and approved by CUME. The vice chair is nominated and elected from among the voting members of the subcommittee.