Curriculum Reform


In the fall of 2019, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine took the first steps towards curriculum reform by establishing an exploratory task force under the auspices of the Curriculum Committee.  This effort was triggered by ongoing self-examination, proximally driven by an LCME re-accreditation self-study.  We did extremely well during the review, with full re-accreditation.  But faculty, students, and staff continued to reflect on how we might improve our school even more to better train the next generation of physicians, and we decided to explore the possibility of a full reform. 

About 40 stakeholders conducted an extensive review of our curriculum, along with an exploration of curricula at other schools nationally.  We decided it was indeed time to proceed with reform, and we outlined several key principles for what we wanted to see going forward: 

  • More active learning using educational best practices more consistently, particularly more frequent learner assessment
  • Improved concision, relevance, and integration across the curriculum
  • Enhanced coverage of priority areas like social medicine and interprofessional education

Beginning in the fall of 2020, we initiated the next phase of the reform effort, with a diverse group of over 70 stakeholders serving on five subcommittees with the goal of providing the Curriculum Committee with more concrete recommendations for the shape of reform by the end of 2021.  Details about Phase 2 can be found elsewhere on the website, including a list of leaders/participants and a PowerPoint about the process. 

Our hope is that we will ultimately be able to roll out PittMed’s new curriculum in the fall of 2023.

Curriculum Reform Questions & Suggestions: If you have suggestions, ideas, or questions about reform, we encourage you to submit your thoughts to our dropbox.

Curriculum Reform Idea Competition: Or if you have a more fleshed out “big idea,” you can participate in the Idea Competition in the spring of 2021

Subcommittee Leadership: This page lists subcommittee leaders, members, and contact information.

This is an exciting time for us at UPSOM!  

We have a new dean and other academic leaders, who are all committed to supporting the development of our new curriculum.  Additionally, a new wing is being constructed with state-of-the-art teaching space designed for collaboration.  Our clinical affiliates are expanding regionally and internationally, giving our learners amazing opportunities for learning and growth.  But what makes a medical school curriculum most successful is the strength of our people:  expert faculty, dedicated staff, and students with a passion for learning. 

We are planting the seeds of curriculum reform now, and we cannot wait to see what grows!