The course syllabus defines the content of the course within the curriculum of the School of Medicine. It is a document of reference for accrediting body review and is actively supervised by the Curriculum Committee through the Office of Medical Education. Course syllabi should conform to the template developed by the Office of Medical Education and approved by the Curriculum Committee.
Each core course is evaluated annually by the Curriculum Committee, using a two-level review process.A Level One review is conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of each core course taught during the first three (3) years of the educational program. During the Level One review, members of the Evaluation Subcommittee of the Curriculum Committee examine outcome metrics compiled into an Evaluation Dashboard. The metrics for preclinical courses include:
The metrics for the clinical courses (or clerkships) include:
Results from the Level One review may yield one of the following actions:
The Level Two review is based on a set of performance standards determined by the Curriculum Committee. The metrics for the clerkships include:
The Level Two review involves a deep dive into student and course performance followed by the creation of a performance improvement plan for the next cycle, which will be followed up in the subsequent years by the Evaluation Subcommittee.
The Carl G. Evers, MD, Society is an independent, student-run organization whose primary function is the development, administration, and analysis of course evaluations. To obtain student perceptions of the course, end-of-course surveys are completed, and an annual summary report is provided to the course director, department chair, the Office of Medical Education, and the chair of the Evaluation Subcommittee of the Curriculum Committee.
Course directors must provide a written response addressing the issues or suggestions contained in the Evers Society report. The response is sent to the student representative who submitted the report, the Office of Medical Education, and the chair of the Evaluation Subcommittee. Responses are due no later than four (4) weeks following receipt of the report.
Canvas is the SOM learning management software, and all course materials, including the syllabus and schedule, should be published there. Additionally, all grading in the course should be documented in the Canvas grade book, and its calculations should be used for the final grade.
SOM courses are automatically added to Canvas once they are published in Workday. A training guide is available for more specific information. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced training is available through Technology Learning Central. The e-learning administrator or the instructional designer can also provide support in using this resource.
Materials to be posted to Canvas include:
Student performance at UMMC is evaluated according to academic criteria, not based on opinions or conduct in matters unrelated to academic standards. A course director has authority over all matters affecting the assignment of grades. Students have protection against prejudiced or capricious academic evaluation. The method of grading should be made clear to students in the syllabus, and course directors may be required to provide the rationale for scoring or information to justify the grading rubric.
Specific information regarding evaluation and assessment of students includes: