Ophthalmology, Visual and Anatomical Sciences and the WSUSOM Curriculum Management Committee (CMC)
Recently the Wayne State University School of Medicine (WSUSOM) reorganized and revitalized its Curriculum Management Committee (CMC), which is charged to oversee the medical education program as a whole and has responsibility for the design, management, integration, evaluation and enhancement of a coherent and coordinated curriculum.
Under its management, WSUSOM has made transformative changes in the curriculum over the last several years. Examples of recent activities of the CMC can be found on its "Communication Notes" page.
Since the Department of Opthalmology, Visual and Anatomical Sciences teaches three key basic science courses to first year students, it plays a major role in shaping the Year 1 curriculum and is actively engaged in curricular reform. During the recent fundamental curricular change, the department course directors and faculty have implemented many new teaching and assessment methods into the courses, including problem-based and team-based learning and narrative assessment. Dr. Braun, Histology course director, is one of nine voting SOM faculty members on the CMC. In addition, all three departmental course directors (Drs. Walker, Peduzzi-Nelson, and Braun) serve on the Pre-Clerkship Education Subcommittee of the CMC, which helps oversee the basic science curriculum. The involvement of the department in curriculum management and innovation is evidence of its commitment to the continued excellence of the teaching mission of the WSUSOM.