Undergraduate Medical Education

This was a particularly exciting year for the MD program in the School of Medicine, bringing the graduation of the inaugural class involved with our major curricular revision, “Curriculum 2.0.” The final stage of implementation focused on the Immersion Phase. Each student individualized the third and fourth years of training to align with personal clinical and scholarly interests. Effectively, we conducted 100 unique curricula over the past two years as each student constructed a distinctive storyline. We are grateful to the herculean organizational efforts of faculty and staff making this possible.

Curriculum 2.0 Success

The new curriculum focuses upon the needs of patients and populations as the primary driver for our ongoing pursuit of excellence. The competency-based assessment system and portfolio coaching process prepare our C2.0 graduates to routinely assess their own performance and pursue personal learning goals. New “integrated science courses” help students identify and address gaps in foundational knowledge directly relevant to the patients for whom they are providing care. Innovative educational formats beginning in the first year train students to monitor the function of teams and to be mindful of how each individual fits into a larger system of healthcare delivery. These skills should aid our graduates’ transition to residency and position them to lead in a complex and rapidly evolving healthcare system. The radically different preparation of these students was embraced by our colleagues in graduate medical education, as indicated by a successful “match” of our graduates to highly competitive residency programs.

Continued Improvement

Since all elements of the revision have been successfully implemented, our attention is now turned to a process of continual improvement. Students have been our partners in the design and refinement of our programs, contributing their ideas through surveys, focus groups, committee meetings, and even sharing parting thoughts at their graduation luncheon. Plans are in place to seek additional feedback from these graduates as they progress through residency.

National Consultations

Approximately one-third of the medical schools across the country (as well as institutions abroad) have consulted our teams as they undertake similar revisions. Vanderbilt has emerged as a leader in educational innovation as our faculty and staff work diligently to realize the full potential and vision of Curriculum 2.0.

For more information about Undergraduate Medical Education, please visit medschool.vanderbilt.edu/ume.

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