On February 24, 2022, the Office of Medical Education hosted the 27th Annual Curriculum Colloquium. This virtual event brought together over 100 faculty, staff, and students interested in the MD curriculum, and how to best educate future physicians. Our theme this year was on professional identity development in learners, and how the curriculum can support this process. Dean Anantha Shekhar presented his vision for what our graduates should be, emphasizing readiness for interprofessional care, social medicine, and health systems. We learned about how we need to help students find the “why” of their medical education journey, before we ask them to consider the “what” and “how.” We learned about the I-CARE approach to facilitating identity formation, which involves creating a connection with learners, acknowledging their journey, encouraging reflection, role modeling, and following up.
In 10 breakout sessions, we explored key aspects of this process, including trustworthiness, finding your passion, selecting learners for emotional intelligence, intersectionality of identity, and more.
The event wrapped up with an awards ceremony honoring the many faculty and students who contributed excellence in education over the past year, based on nominations from the community. Based on participant feedback, we hope to return to an in-person Colloquium next year, with some new awards and a new theme. Thanks to all who participating or facilitated sessions.
Click here for a list of this year's award recipients!
Curriculum Committee Meeting Highlights
Full detail about Curriculum Committee meetings can be found in the minutes below. Brief highlights of key discussions and actions can be found here.