Strengthening the curriculum committee to improve learning

Strengthening the curriculum committee to improve learning

The curriculum committee at AIMU was strengthened and expanded from the Summer 17 semester. AIMU recognizes the vital importune of this committee to further strengthen teaching-learning at the institution. Dr P Ravi Shankar is the Chair and Dr Gabriel Dakubo is the Member Secretary of the committee. There are both faculty and student members. The librarian is a special invitee to the committee meetings. The committee works in close cooperation with the Director of Quality Assurance and with the Quality Assurance and Accreditation steering group. The committee has members from nursing and from the prehealth programs and is working to strengthen inter-professional learning.

The committee has student members to obtain the student perspective and to communicate curricular changes and the rationale behind the changes better to students. There is a student member from the Basic Sciences, the Prehealth program, and the nursing program. There are clinical students from both the US and from Jamaica. These students join the meeting electronically. The committee has met regularly monthly from May 17. The committee has introduced a number of changes to further strengthen teaching-learning especially in the areas of medical ethics, behavioral sciences, patient safety and nutrition. A health humanities module for both medical and nursing students is being offered from Fall 17. From Spring 18, a module on complementary medicine will be offered and the MD4 subjects of pathology, pharmacology and physical diagnosis will be learned and assessed according to organ systems. Also the school has recruited candidates who will be trained as standardized patients and will be used to teach history taking and physical examination skills to students.

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