M.D. Program

MEC (Medical Education Council)

The Medical Education Council (MEC) holds the overall responsibility for design, management, and evaluation of the College’s medical education program. The MEC comprises an Executive Committee, Faculty Advisory Board, and three standing subcommittees.

Executive Committee

Members of the Executive Committee are a diverse group of faculty with expertise and extensive involvement in undergraduate medical education. They include the deans of education and student affairs, the chairs of the three standing subcommittees and the Faculty Advisory Board, a number of faculty directing courses and clerkships, and two students serving in elected leadership positions (one from pre-clinical years and one from clinical years). The dean of the medical school serves ex-officio.

The functions of the executive committee are to:

  • Provide leadership and direction for centralized oversight and management of the four-year undergraduate education program;
  • Review the medical school curriculum, teaching and assessment methods;
  • Ensure that the content of the curriculum is coordinated and integrated within and across academic periods of study;
  • Ensure that appropriate didactic methods are utilized for each course and clerkship;
  • Ensure the use of appropriate methods to evaluate both student performance and program effectiveness;
  • Review the activities of all sub committees and task forces;
  • Approve all institutional policies relating to undergraduate medical education;
  • Provide ongoing review of instructional objectives and competencies;
  • Approve the academic calendar in curricular changes;
  • Approve new course, directors, clerkship directors, site directors and assistant deans at affiliated sites;
  • Review all teaching program outcomes; and
  • Review all outcome measures and develop plans to address findings.
 

Faculty Advisory Board (FAB)

The Faculty Advisory Board reports to the Executive Committee and consists of a broad representation of faculty from the basic sciences, clinical sciences and affiliated hospitals, as well as students (two elected from each year) who do not currently serve on other MEC committees. Serving ex-officio are deans of admissions, educational informatics, diversity enhancement, educational resources, faculty development, education, and student affairs.

The functions of the FAB are to:

  • Provide a forum for dissemination of information about educational programs at the main campus and at affiliated sites;
  • Generate ideas for new educational initiatives, didactic methodologies and curricular themes; and
 

Standing Subcommittees

Course Directors Subcommittee 

The Course Directors Subcommittee reports to the Executive Committee and consists of all course directors in the first two years, the chair of the clinical directors subcommittee, and four student-elected representatives (two from each of the first two years). The deans of education, educational informatics, educational resources, faculty development, and student affairs all serve ex-officio on this committee.

The function of this subcommittee is to make recommendations to the Executive Committee and to implement Executive Committee decisions regarding:

  • All aspects of course content in the first two years;
  • Teaching methodologies;
  • Evaluation and assessment strategies;
  • Scheduling and policies; and
  • Faculty development.

Clinical Directors Subcommittee 

The Clinical Directors Subcommittee reports to the Executive Committee and is made up of all required clinical clerkships and course directors, the chair of the course directors subcommittee and four student-elected representatives (two from the third and fourth years). The deans of education, educational informatics, educational resources, faculty development, and student affairs all serve ex-officio on this committee.

The function of this subcommittee is to make recommendations to the Executive Committee and to implement Executive Committee decisions regarding:

  • All aspects of course content in the third and fourth year;
  • Teaching methodologies;
  • Evaluation and assessment strategies;
  • Scheduling and policies; and
  • Faculty development.

Evaluation Subcommittee 

The Evaluation Subcommittee reports to the Executive Committee and consists of faculty involved with medical student education and not currently serving as course or clerkship directors. The dean of education serves ex-officio on this committee.

The functions of this subcommittee are to:

  • Develop and review online course and clerkship evaluation forms completed by students;
  • Summarize strengths and areas of improvement; and
  • Prepare written evaluation reports for review by the Course Directors and Clinical Directors Subcommittees;
  • Develop and implement systems for systematic review of required courses and clerkships.

Under the direction of the Office of Educational Resources, students evaluate all courses, clerkships and other components of the academic program. These evaluations provide a major basis for educational decision-making and may result in changes in instructional strategies, course schedules and curriculum. 

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