Guiding Principles: Transformation process

1. Involvement and Communication

  • Maintain close engagement with faculty, students and other constituencies
  • Communicate openly and transparently with the OHSU academic community
  • Leverage OHSU’s position as a top-ranked research institution

2. Curriculum Design

  • Begin with the end product in mind – the ideal physician of the mid-21st century – and reverse engineer the curriculum to achieve that goal
  • Prepare graduates of the MD program for rigorous residency program
  • Consider the entire curriculum holistically, with deliberate horizontal and vertical integration
  • Balance innovation and experimentation with more traditional approaches
  • Integrate clinical and foundational sciences across all four years
  • Guide curriculum development through best practices in both undergraduate and medical education
  • Develop curricular content based on competency-based learning objectives
  • Examine the most effective means of promoting interprofessional education
  • Acknowledge and incorporate curricular elements that OHSU SoM does well
  • Make an honest appraisal of areas in which OHSU needs to improve

3. Learner-Centered Approach

  • Acknowledge the different learning styles among our students and that no one pedagogy is right for all
  • Emphasize student-centered instruction, active learning over passive learning, and application and synthesis of knowledge in critical reasoning over memorization
  • Help students develop a sense of responsibility for their own learning, with the goal of creating self-directed, lifelong learners
  • Assure student readiness for success through interventions prior to matriculation

4. Assessment and Evaluation

  • Enhance the assessment and evaluation of students through central monitoring of objective-driven performance across all four years, while incorporating feedback as an integral part of teaching
  • Implement purposeful, ongoing system for curriculum evaluation

5. Integration of Technologies

  • Enhance the use of technology in the delivery of content and assessment of performance
  • Assure proficiency with the electronic health record, medical informatics and management of information technologies

6. Faculty Development

  • Encourage central support of faculty development to assure success of the new curriculum
  • Educate both faculty and students on principles of adult learning