University of Pittsburgh

Course Support

The primary source of support for School of Medicine course directors is the Office of Medical Education, Room S578, Scaife Hall, 412-648-8714. This office is the implementation arm of the curriculum committee and is responsible for delivery of the curriculum to the students.

Specific facilities for course directors:

Curriculum specialists: A staff member is assigned to each class year. His or her primary role is to assist the course director and ensure the course runs smoothly. In addition, curriculum specialists:

  • Help prepare, arrange for printing, and distribute syllabi to students and faculty participating in the course.
  • Contact lecturers before each session to arrange for appropriate media support and any necessary handouts.
  • Oversee duplication of examinations in secure circumstances, insert answer sheets, and assist in distribution of exams on test day.
  • Organize exams, check answer sheets, and prepare keys for scanning and analysis by the Office of Measurement and Evaluation. Deliver analyses to course directors after scanning.
  • Meet course director and/or assigned lecturer at the beginning of each session and ascertain that all is in place for the lecture. This includes A-V, lighting, and web access, among other needs.

In addition to the class-specific curriculum specialists, there is a staff member whose primary role is technical support for the computerized A-V systems in the lecture halls.

Student grades during the courses are kept by the Assistant Dean of OMED with the assistance of the testing coordinator. All corrections or alterations are handled by them until final grades are reported to the registrar.

Generally, first-year medical student courses are held in LR 4 and in the fourth-floor small group rooms. Second-year medical student courses are held in LR 2 and in the fifth-floor small group rooms.

The links below are to documents with instructions for the A-V and computer systems in those lecture halls.

General use lecture halls:

To access computers/A-V in small group rooms, all students have a Pitt username and password. To turn on the LCD projector, use the remote control"on" button. Click for AV instructions. Instructions are also posted by computers in each small group room.