Strategic Plan artworkStrategic Plan for Education (FY 2018-2022)

Strategic Plan artworkEducation – Goal 1

The medical school will provide an environment that prepares students to provide outstanding patient-centered care, while exhibiting the highest principles of professionalism and integrity in their responsibilities to patients, and to the communities that they serve. This goal will be achieved through objectives in the following four areas: content, pedagogy, assessment, and student development.

Objective 1 – Provide an integrated (basic science and clinical science) competency-based medical education to prepare students for medical practice

STRATEGIES
• Continue implementation of revised curriculum, preparing students for success on national examinations.
• Implement longitudinal themes throughout the curriculum.
• Expand opportunities for interprofessional educational (IPE) activities in the medical school curriculum.
• Implement Career Focus Tracks to provide enhanced mentoring and guidance.
• Map all four years of the revised required curriculum.

OUTCOMES
• By 2020, the revised curriculum, including longitudinal themes, will be fully implemented.
• By 2020, an IPE activity will be incorporated into the clerkship curriculum.
• By 2022, IPE will be incorporated into each year of the medical school curriculum.
• By 2020, Career Focus Tracks will be fully implemented with designated faculty as mentors for students.
• By 2020, 100% of the revised required curriculum will be mapped.
• By 2022, student performance on USMLE Step I and Step II CK and CS will be above average national levels.

Objective 2 – Incorporate interactive teaching strategies throughout the curriculum

STRATEGIES
• Diversify methods of pedagogy to encourage active and self-directed learning by students.
• Increase use of standardized patients and technology, including ultrasound and simulation exercises, for instruction and assessment.

OUTCOMES
• By 2020, 30% of preclerkship educational activities will utilize an active learning/self-directed learning format.
• By 2020, 60% of required clinical clerkships will utilize simulation exercises.
• By 2022, 60% of preclerkship educational activities will utilize an active learning/self-directed learning format.
• By 2022, 100% of required core clerkships will utilize a simulation exercise.

Objective 3 – Expand assessment techniques

STRATEGIES
• Incorporate progress testing in the preclerkship curriculum.
• Assess students on their readiness for entering residency throughout the four-year curriculum.

OUTCOMES
• By 2020, progress testing will be developed and implemented throughout the preclerkship curriculum.
• By 2020, tools will be implemented for assessment of select EPAs.
• By 2022, collected data will be evaluated to determine the feasibility of making entrustment decisions.
• By 2022, all graduated students will have met EPA standards as documented by Program Directors.

Objective 4 – Increase opportunities for student academic and career development

STRATEGIES
• Encourage student participation in dual degree programs (e.g. MD/PhD, MD/MPH, MD/MBA, MD/MS).
• Encourage student participation in scholarly activities (e.g. Summer Research Program, Scholarly Concentration Program).
• Support student participation in community service and advocacy activities.
• Enhance student advising and mentorship through Career Focus Tracks.
• Support initiatives that promote health equity and inclusion.

OUTCOMES
• By 2020, 10% of students will graduate in one of the offered dual-degree programs.
• By 2022, 15% of students will graduate in one of the offered dual-degree programs.
• By 2022, 80% of students will participate in a scholarly project.
• By 2020, 100% of students will be involved in community service and advocacy activities.
• By 2020, all students will be assigned a faculty mentor through the Career Focus Tracks.
• By 2020, all students will have participated in unconscious bias training and social determinants of health training activity.

Education – Goal 2

The medical school will provide an environment that supports student learning and promotes positive relationships among students, residents and faculty.

Objective 1 – Enhance the development of faculty and residents as educators

STRATEGIES
• Expand opportunities for faculty education in novel educational methods and educational research.
• Implement peer coaching activities for formative feedback to faculty.
• Preserve dedicated teaching time for faculty with significant roles in undergraduate medical education.
• Expand activities of and membership in the McGovern Medical School Academy of Master Educators.
• Promote faculty involvement in educational research through support of faculty educational opportunities and financial support.

OUTCOMES
• By 2020, 300 faculty will participate in workshops related to interactive teaching and assessment skills.
• By 2020, 35 faculty with major teaching responsibilities will use peer coaching for formative feedback.
• By 2022, 80 faculty with major teaching responsibilities will use peer coaching for formative feedback.
• By 2020, 88 faculty with education leadership roles will be supported financially.
• By 2022, all OEP monthly educational development workshops will be live-streamed and recorded.
• By 2022, there will be a total of 95 active faculty members in the medical school’s Academy of Master Educators.
• By 2020, an education specialist will be recruited to assist with faculty educational scholarship.

Objective 2 – The medical school will foster a positive learning environment to support student learning

STRATEGIES
• Develop a medical school compact between teachers and learners.
• Appoint an advocate for oversight of student reporting regarding the learning environment.
• Increase interactive sessions for faculty and residents related to optimizing the learning environment.
• Provide multiple venues for students to anonymously report mistreatment.
• Increase sessions for students related to expectations for the clinical learning environment.
• Increase communication between administration and students related to mistreatment reports.
• Increase communication with hospital partners to promote a shared responsibility for a positive learning environment.
• Appoint Directors of the Learning Environment for both Memorial Hermann\ Hospital and Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

OUTCOMES
• By 2020, a medical school compact between teachers and learners will be disseminated.
• By 2020, an ombuds will be appointed.
• By 2020, 30 interactive sessions for faculty and residents will have been presented.
• By 2020, four sessions will be presented to students related to expectations for the clinical learning environment.
• By 2022, reduction in incidents of mistreatment as identified in the learning environment survey.
• By 2022, student reporting of mistreatment on AAMC Graduation Questionnaire will be below the national average.
• By 2022, the AAMC Graduation Questionnaire will show increased student satisfaction with the learning environment.
• By 2020, Directors of Learning Environment will be appointed to major affiliated hospitals.
• Ongoing monitoring of learning environment with hospital partners and Directors of the Learning Environment.

Regular reports reviewed by learning environment review committee.

Education Plan – Oversight
The Curriculum Committee has overall responsibility for monitoring the outcomes of the strategic plan for education. The plan will be reviewed by the Curriculum Committee biannually to determine goal achievement. Working groups meeting semi-annually monitor progress in achieving outcomes related to the strategies, and identify aspects of the curriculum with opportunities for quality improvement. Revisions to the plan will be made on a four year cycle as necessary to meet the strategic plan’s goals and objectives. Curriculum Committee subcommittees are responsible for continuous evaluation of the curriculum and ongoing quality improvement activities.

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