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“Next Generation” Cells to Society Curriculum

The University of Virginia School of Medicine is changing how medicine is learned

What’s special about the”Next Generation” curriculum?

“Next Generation” eschews the traditional split of basic and clinical sciences and, instead, employs a system-based learning experience that has deeper integration of basic sciences into clinical medicine, is oriented to clinical performance, and uses the best evidenced-based models for medical education to foster student learning. The five goals of the “Next Generation” Curriculum are:

  • Assure that all graduates demonstrate mastery of the 12 UVA School of Medicine Competences Required of the Contemporary Physician;
  • Integrate content around organ systems;
  • Integrate basic and clinical sciences within each educational experience and across all phases of the curriculum;
  • Incorporate experiential and active-learning activities; and
  • Provide frequent developmental activities for clinical skills.

How was the “Next Generation” curriculum developed?

Curriculum renewal is part of an ongoing, multi-year process based on the research, recommendations, and discussions of the Curriculum 2020 Project, the Working Group on Clinical Skills Education, and the Education Task Force. Over 100 faculty, decision scientists, educational technology specialists, faculty development experts, instructional designers, and students worked to create the new curriculum from 2008 to 2010 when the Class of 2010 matriculated.

Who leads the “Next Generation” curriculum?

Basic science and clinical faculty leading each system unit are selected for their teaching skills, subject matter expertise, and professional experience. Visit this list to see who is leading each organ system unit, each content/discipline thread, and the evaluation community.

How does the new Claude Moore Medical Education Building foster and support the “Next Generation” curriculum?

The Claude Moore Medical Education building serves as the nucleus of the “Next Generation” Cells to Society curriculum, featuring innovative learning spaces and groundbreaking educational technology. See drawings and a summary of the technology in the new building.

  • The building integrates small-group learning and individual instruction with state-of-the-art educational spaces including the “Learning Studio,” a technology-enabled active-learning classroom that provides an interactive, hands-on learning environment in which students work collaboratively in small groups.
  • The building also provides space for students to learn and refine interpersonal and clinical skills in a single environment for clinical performance and education-the Clinical Performance Education Center (CPEC). Housing the Medical Simulation Center and the Clinical Skills Center (standardized patient program), CPEC provides students myriad opportunities to practice and demonstrate competency in cognitive and psychomotor skills in simulated clinical settings.