How will Curriculum Committee Decisions impact on your Queen’s UGME teaching? Read this post to find out!

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In 2013-2014 the Queen’s UGME Curriculum Committee made the following decisions of general interest.  Please read to see if this will impact on your UGME teaching.

(Note:  resource documents for the following are available in MEdTech Faculty Resources Community.)

Change from “QMCCs” to MCCs

In July 2013 the Curriculum Committee decided to adopt the list of MCC clinical presentations instead of the QMCCs (Queen’s MCCs) for the Medical Expert portion of the curriculum. The list of QMCC to MCC changes was approved in May 2014. The changes will take effect in September 2014. Course Directors will see the changes through the MEdTech objectives assigned to their courses. An email outlining the changes will also be sent to each Course Director.

Career Counselling

In August 2013 the Curriculum Committee voted to allow students in Term 2b to schedule one-on-one meetings at the Learner Wellness Centre with either Dr. Howse or Dr. O’Neill in order to assess progress in attaining career competencies as part of Professional Foundations 1.

Course Directors’ Role Description

The “Course Directors’ Role Description” document was approved by the Curriculum Committee in October 2013. Revisions were approved in August 2014.

New Course

In November 2013, the Curriculum Committee approved the creation of the new Population Health course as outlined in Dr. Carpenter’s detailed proposal.

Red Book Policy

In December 2013, the “Policy and Procedures for the Red Book” (the Undergraduate Medical Education Competency Framework) was approved by the Curriculum Committee. Revisions were approved in February 2014.

Adding items to the Curriculum Committee’s Agenda

In January 2014 the Curriculum Committee approved the document “How to request that items be added to the Curriculum Committee’s agenda”.

Accreditation “Hot Topics”

Learning events in MEdTech can now be coded with the accreditation “Hot Topics” from the ED-10 standard’s Hot Topic list

Making changes to courses

The course change process outlined in “Making Changes to Courses – Role of the Course Director” was approved by the Curriculum Committee in January 2014.

Gaps and Redundancies Process

In May 2014 the Curriculum Committee took jurisdiction over the “Gaps and Redundancies Process”, which was formerly overseen by the Teaching, Learning and Innovation Committee.

First Patient SGL Pass

In May 2014, the First Patient SGL Pass was approved by the Curriculum Committee to facilitate students’ attendance at First Patient Program appointments.

Changes in Course Names

On June 13, 2013, the name of MEDS 113 Professional Foundations 1 course was changed to MEDS 113A Professional Foundations 1A. The course MEDS 113B Professional Foundations 1B was added to Term 2 and MEDS 123 Professional Foundations 2 was deleted from Term 2. The following courses were renumbered and/or re-named: MEDS 454 – Clerkship Preparation was changed to MEDS 351 – Clerkship Preparation (year 3 term 5 fall); MEDS455 – Complex Presentations and Competencies was changed to MEDS 481 – Complex Presentations (fall, year 4) and MEDS456 – Consolidation and Readiness for Residency was changed to MEDS 491 – Readiness for Residency (winter, year 4).

On April 23, 2014, the name of the course MEDS 242 – Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology was changed to MEDS- 242 Skin and Special Senses. Also, the course code for MEDS 234 was changed to MEDS 234 A and B (Clinical and Communication Skills 2A and Clinical and Communication Skills 2B). In addition, MEDS 233 A and B Professional Foundations was renamed to MEDS 233 A and B Professional Integrations.

Please see MEdTech Faculty Resources Community for more details.

Please stay tuned for more Curriculum Committee news from the July Retreat, later on in the fall.


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