Curriculum Revision

Curriculum Revision Subcommittee

In May 2013, the UTHealth Medical School embarked on an extensive curriculum revision. The major stimulus was a desire to meet the future needs of young physicians in a changing health care environment. This effort reflects the concerns expressed by current students and recent graduates.

The Curriculum Integration Subcommittee was established by the Curriculum Committee after the Curriculum Retreat in February 2011 to assess the current state of integration at UTHealth. Following a subsequent Curriculum Retreat in May 2013, the charge to the committee was expanded to include the design and implementation of an integrated curriculum. Accordingly, the subcommittee's name changed to the Curriculum Revision Subcommittee (CRS).


Proposed Calendar

Starting Fall 2015

The Foundations topics are:

* Week 1 - Physician-Patient Relationship
* Week 2 - Genetic Mechanisms
* Week 3 - Synthesis of RNA and Protein
* Week 4 - Production of Energy
* Week 5 - Determinants of Cell Fate
* Week 6 - Membrane Structure and the Resting Membane Potential
* Week 7 - Excitable Cells and Intercellular Communication
* Week 8 - Basic Principles of Pharmacology
* Weeks 9-12 - To Be Determined.

Longitudinal Themes

In an integrated curriculum, multiple themes are developed over the full 4-year program. Each of these themes will be addressed as appropriate within the systems-based modules of the Medical Science course as well as the Doctoring course. These themes roughly correspond to the main competency classes for graduation:

I. Patient Care and Clinical Skills: includes interviewing, clinical examination, diagnostic and procedural skills

II. Medical Knowledge: includes all of the basic and clinical science disciplines (e.g. Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Pharmacology, etc.)

III. Professionalism: includes professional identity formation, humanism, ethics, legal aspects of medicine, interprofessional education, physician wellness

IV. Population Medicine and Evidence-based Practice: includes public health, nutrition, epidemiology, screening and prevention, evidence-based medicine, use of the biomedical literature, medical decision making, medical informatics

V. Special Populations: cultural medicine, women’s health, underserved populations, geriatrics, end-of-life care, domestic violence and abuse

VI. Systems of Care: includes health care delivery, health care economics, patient safety and quality improvement

Personal Interests

The new curriculum will expand opportunities for students to pursue their own interests. These include Scholarly Concentrations and Career Focus Tracks.

The list of Scholarly Concentrations is maintained by the Office of Educational Programs. These include:

* Child Health & Advocacy
* Clinical Quality, Safety, & Evidence-Based Medicine
* Emergency Preparedness and Response
* Geriatric & Palliative Medicine
* Global Health  
* Medical Education
* Medical Humanities
* Molecular and Translational Medicine
* Nanomedicine & Biomedical Engineering
* Neuroscience
* Primary Care/Family Medicine

The planned Career Focus Tracks include:
* Acute care
* Primary care/rural
* Applied anatomy/procedural
* Medical science