Curriculum Committee Meeting Information – October 27, 2016

Faculty and staff interested in attending Curriculum Committee meetings should contact the Committee Secretary, Candace Miller at candace.miller@queensu.ca for information relating to agenda items and meeting schedules.

A meeting of the Curriculum Committee was held on October 27, 2016.  To review the topics discussed at this meeting, please click HERE to view the agenda.

Faculty interested in reviewing the minutes of this meeting can click HERE to be taken to the Curriculum Committee’s page located on the Faculty Resources Community of MEdTech Central.

Those who are directly impacted by any decisions made by the Curriculum Committee have been notified via email.

Students interested in the outcome of a decision or discussion are welcome to contact the Aesculapian Society’s Vice President, Academic, Kate Rath-Wilson, at vpacademic@qmed.ca.

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Curriculum Committee Meeting Information – September 22, 2016

Faculty and staff interested in attending Curriculum Committee meetings should contact the Committee Secretary, Candace Miller at candace.miller@queensu.ca for information relating to agenda items and meeting schedules.

A meeting of the Curriculum Committee was held on September 22, 2016.  To review the topics discussed at this meeting, please click HERE to view the agenda.

Faculty interested in reviewing the minutes of this meeting can click HERE to be taken to the Curriculum Committee’s page located on the Faculty Resources Community of MEdTech Central.

Those who are directly impacted by any decisions made by the Curriculum Committee have been notified via email.

Students interested in the outcome of a decision or discussion are welcome to contact the Aesculapian Society’s Vice President, Academic, Kate Rath-Wilson, at vpacademic@qmed.ca.

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How much course evaluation feedback is “just right”?

How much feedback is too much feedback? How much is just enough?

That’s a question both the Course and Faculty Evaluation Committee (CFRC) and our students have been exploring.

At present, students are required to complete a 15-question course evaluation for each course as they complete it. As well, they’re required to complete faculty evaluations for each faculty member who taught at least four hours during that course. For our pre-clerkship students, this translates into 24 courses over the first two years of our program. Some courses are divided into units for evaluation, so that further increases the evaluation load.

As noted in a recent CFRC report to the Curriculum Committee: “Response rates have dropped significantly during the previous academic year on all course and faculty evaluations. It is assumed that a major contributing factor to the fall is the number of evaluations students are being asked to complete.”

We won’t ever do away with student course evaluations as these provide valuable feedback for curricular improvements. The CFRC is interested, however, in reducing the evaluation workload for students while still collecting solid feedback.

After consulting with the Aesculapian Society, the CFRC has proposed that only a subset of students will be asked to complete course and faculty evaluations for each course. Remaining students will have the option to complete evaluations. (In other words, students will always be able to comment on any of their courses and faculty if they want to provide additional feedback).

To determine if this will result in greater compliance (and data adequate for evaluation purposes), the CFRC will pilot this procedure on several Term 2 and 4 courses. The pilot project (Reduced number of targeted respondents for course and faculty evaluations), was approved by the Curriculum Committee at its November meeting.

For the pilot, students in both Meds 2019 and 2020 will be divided into randomized groups of 25 students each. One group of 25 students will be assigned to complete evaluations for each of the courses in the pilot.

Courses included in the pilot will be:course-eval-screen-shot

Meds 2020

  • Meds 121 Fundamentals of Therapeutics
  • Meds 125 Blood and Coagulation
  • Meds 127 MSK

Meds 2019

  • Meds 240 Genitourinary and Reproduction
  • Meds 241 Gastroenterology and Surgery
  • Meds 245 Neurosciences
  • Meds 246 Psychiatry

All students will be asked to complete the term 2 and term 4 course and faculty evaluations for those courses not included in the pilot. Also, Course Directors for the targeted pilot courses will be asked to confirm if there are any faculty to be excluded from the reduced pool of respondents and included in a group to be completed by the entire class.

Results of the pilot will be reported to the Curriculum Committee in August 2017.

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Curriculum Committee Meeting Information – August 18, 2016

Faculty and staff interested in attending Curriculum Committee meetings should contact the Committee Secretary, Candace Miller at candace.miller@queensu.ca for information relating to agenda items and meeting schedules.

A meeting of the Curriculum Committee was held on August 18, 2016.  To review the topics discussed at this meeting, please click HERE to view the agenda.

Faculty interested in reviewing the minutes of this meeting can click HERE to be taken to the Curriculum Committee’s page located on the Faculty Resources Community of MEdTech Central.

Those who are directly impacted by any decisions made by the Curriculum Committee have been notified via email.

Students interested in the outcome of a decision or discussion are welcome to contact the Aesculapian Society’s Vice President, Academic, Kate Rath-Wilson, at vpacademic@qmed.ca.

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MD Program Executive Committee Meeting Highlights August 24, 2016

Faculty and staff interested in attending MD PEC meetings, should contact the Committee Secretary Faye Orser, (orserf@KGH.KARI.NET)) for information relating to agenda items and meeting schedules.

Lakeridge Comprehensive Clerkship

Plans to develop a comprehensive clerkship at Lakeridge Health in Oshawa are continuing with the search for a Site Lead.  Once the Lead has been hired, options for curriculum at this site will be discussed in detail.  Different clerkship models are being considered for Lakeridge with the intention to allow students to complete their entire clerkship at this satellite location.

Research Review Process

UGME students are constantly asked to participate in research studies that are not directly associated with the Queen’s program.  A new process is being developed to formalize the request/approval of student participation.  It is anticipated that this formalized process will reduce the potential pressure on students from study organizer.   Requests will be reviewed initially by the Educational Development team to ensure all internal requirements are met (i.e. ethics approval, consent forms) before being forwarded for final approval to Dr. Sanfilippo.  Requests that demonstrate a potential for conflict with curricular demands/content will be forwarded to the Curriculum Committee for consideration.  The Aesculapian Society (AS) will then distribute approved study requests to the student body.  Formalized procedures and guidelines are currently being developed and will be posted on the UGME website when finalized.

Student Funding Policy (Conference presentations)

The Faculty Office has finalized its policy on the funding of students who are presenting original work at a conference.  Up to $60,000 will be available annually.  Medical students will now be eligible for up to $1000 over their 4 years in the medical program.  In order to be eligible for this funding, financial support from the research supervisor will be expected.  Details regarding the policy are available here.

Revised Student Assessment Committee Terms of Reference

The Committee approved revised terms of reference for the Student Assessment Committee.  These revised terms may be viewed through:  http://meds.queensu.ca/education/undergraduate/committees

Revisions to the Student Attendance and Absence Policy

The Committee approved minor revisions to the Student Attendance and Absence Policy.  The updated policy can be viewed through:  http://meds.queensu.ca/assets/policies/SA-07%20v3%20-%20Attendance%20and%20Absences%20in%20UGME%20Policy%20-%20August%202016.pdf .  The associated Request for Time Off process is currently being reviewed and will be communicated to students when finalized.

 

All Undergraduate Medical Education policies and terms of reference are available on the UGME website:  http://meds.queensu.ca/undergraduate

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Curriculum Committee Meeting Information – July 21, 2016

Faculty and staff interested in attending Curriculum Committee meetings should contact the Committee Secretary, Candace Miller at candace.miller@queensu.ca for information relating to agenda items and meeting schedules.

A meeting of the Curriculum Committee was held on July 21, 2016.  To review the topics discussed at this meeting, please click HERE to view the agenda.

Faculty interested in reviewing the minutes of this meeting can click HERE to be taken to the Curriculum Committee’s page located on the Faculty Resources Community of MEdTech Central.

Those who are directly impacted by any decisions made by the Curriculum Committee have been notified via email.

Students interested in the outcome of a decision or discussion are welcome to contact the Aesculapian Society’s Vice President, Academic, Kate Rath-Wilson, at vpacademic@qmed.ca.

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Queen’s UGME Curriculum Committee Retreat Updates

Hello all!  I’m writing this on behalf of Dr. John Drover, Chair, UGME Curriculum Committee and Candace Miller, Administrative Support, UGME Curriculum Committee as part of the UGME Curriculum Committee’s commitment to outreach.

May 31, 2016 saw an action-packed morning as the UGME Curriculum Committee held its annual retreat from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  One purpose of the annual retreat is to consider for approval recommendations made by the Curricular Change Working Group.  The Working Group had met previously to collate, synthesize and review requests for changes to the Curricular Framework and changes to course assignments of MCC’s and objectives.  small change goldfishThese had been submitted by Competency Leads, the Educational Development Team, Year and Course Directors and required a review from the whole curriculum perspective.

Another purpose for the retreat is to hear reports from the sub-committees that report to the Curriculum Committee as well as from the Competency Leads.  In the policies and procedures of the Curriculum Committee, a report through the UGME Blog is required about the retreat and its outcomes.

As a result of this retreat, and the subsequent Curriculum Committee Meetings June 23 and July 21, faculty and students at Queen’s UGME will see a new edition “Red Book” or Curricular Framework coming out at the end of August.  Screen Shot 2016-07-22 at 1.43.57 PMMany of the changes in wording to our Curricular Objectives were made to align with new Entrustable Professional Acts (EPAs) which were adopted at the July 18 meeting.  Please stay tuned to a later blog for information about these EPA’s.

A few new objectives have been added under Medical Expert, and some objectives were consolidated, deleted, or combined, especially at the request of the Competency Leads.  Medical Expert, Communicator, Advocate, Scholar and Professional roles and competencies each saw some changes.

Course and Year Directors had requested changes to assigned course MCCs and Objectives for courses based on a review of the teaching/learning and assessment in their courses.  Those which were approved will be made in MEdTech for each of our courses as submitted, by the end of August, ready for the new academic year.  That will automatically change the dropdown menus for each learning event for easier access.  There will be a system that maps the old objectives to the new, and this will be done automatically.  However, faculty will see a NEW as well as OLD set of objectives, while we transition.  Make sure you focus on the NEW set.NEW

Course Directors will be notified about the changes pertinent to their courses from their respective Year Director by the end of August.

The Advocate, Professional, Collaborator and Scholar Competency Leads (Drs. Carpenter, Allard, Davidson, and Murray respectively) reported on work in the intrinsic roles.  The template requires them to report on:  a follow up to last year’s report, operational aspects, student progress, and curriculum.  CanMEDSAs well each report gives a status report and a discussion of future plans.

Please note: If you are faculty with access to Queen’s MEdTech, you can view all the agendas and the minutes from the Curriculum Committee Meetings, the Curricular Working Group notes and the Curriculum Committee Retreat, online at https://meds.queensu.ca/central/community/facultyresources:curriculum_committee.

 

 

 

 

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WF Connell Award – New Terms of Reference Approved at MD PEC

Walter Ford Connell was by all accounts a highly regarded educator and mentor here at Queen’s.  Among many accomplishments he’s remembered for his critical role in the achievement of admitting women to the program and inspirational guidance to many graduating students.

For many years an award in his name has been presented to a faculty member at convocation.  The award has been for ‘greatest contribution to students education’ and is the only teaching award presented.  It is managed by the Aesculapian Society who determine the winner through a nomination and voting process.

This year the Society proposed expanding the award to faculty who are voted as best in three teaching domains:

  • Excellence in Clinical Teaching
  • Excellence in Lectureship
  • Excellence in Mentorship

After input from senior faculty the revised terms were approved by MD-PEC.

It will be great to see this award presented to deserving faculty in these three vital areas at the convocation reception this spring.

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MD Program Executive Committee Meeting Highlights October 21, 2015

Faculty and staff interested in attending MD PEC meetings, should contact the Committee Secretary (Faye Orser, (orserf@KGH.KARI.NET)) for information relating to agenda items and meeting schedules.

UPDATE: 

The Committee approved amended version of the following policies:

  • Student Professionalism Policy SC-02 v4
    • Supersedes: Professionalism Policy SC-02 (v. 1, 2 & 3)
  • Attendance and Absences in Undergraduate Medical Education Policy
    • Supersedes: Policy #SA-07 v1; Examination Absence Policy (#SA-03); Religious Observance Policy (#SA-04); Absence from Clerkship Policy (#CC-07); and takes precedence over any previously approved policy on attendance

Both policies are effective September 1, 2015.

All Undergraduate Medical Education policies and terms of reference are available on the UGME website:  http://meds.queensu.ca/undergraduate

 

 

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Curriculum Committee Meeting Highlights – October 22, 2015

Faculty and staff interested in attending Curriculum Committee meetings should contact the Committee Secretary, Candace Miller at candace.miller@queensu.ca for information relating to agenda items and meeting schedules.

Highlights from the Oct 22 meeting of the Curriculum Committee:

The Curriculum Committee approved the following:

All Undergraduate Medical Education policies and terms of reference are available on the UGME website:  http://meds.queensu.ca/undergraduate.

Next Meeting:  November 26, 2015

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