Advancing The Curriculum

“Next Generation” Cells to Society Curriculum

The University of Virginia School of Medicine is changing how medicine is learned. In August 2010, members of the class of 2014 will be the first to learn under the innovative “Next Generation” Cells to Society Curriculum.

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 new 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 is the “Next Generation” curriculum being developed?

Curriculum renewal has been 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 Final Report. Approximately 100 faculty, decision scientists, educational technology specialists, faculty development experts, instructional designers, and students have been working since Summer 2008 to create the new curriculum.

Visit this list to see who is leading the organ systems, content/discipline threads, and evaluation communities. You can also visit our blog to follow the activities and developments associated with the curriculum renewal project. 

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

When completed in May 2010, the Claude Moore Medical Education building will serve as the nucleus of the “Next Generation” Cells to Society curriculum, featuring the latest innovations to accommodate a variety of learning styles, including groundbreaking educational technology. See drawings and a summary of the technology in the new building. The CMMEB is on schedule for May 2010 occupancy. Follow the building progress by viewing the Medical Education Building Construction Project Webcam.  

  • 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 Training & Assessment Program (CSTAP), CPEC provides students myriad opportunities to practice and demonstrate competency in cognitive and psychomotor skills in simulated clinical settings.

How can I send comments or questions about the “Next Generation” curriculum?

The faculty and curriculum specialists welcome your questions and comments

NOTE: U.Va faculty, staff, and students can access NxGen curriculum documents including timeline and deliverables, system, thread, and other community contact information, and topics and objectives for each system through the Intranet.