|There's a "bus" parked in front of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine with the phrase "Curriculum Revision" on the outside. Some faculty and clinicians are anxious to be first in line; others would prefer to walk.
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education Bonnie Miller, M.D., is driving the bus. It's her job to get as many people "on board" as possible. One of the questions she will have to answer: why is a curriculum change needed when many of VUSM's graduating students are already being courted by the nation's top hospitals?
"It's not that we haven't done a good job. We are consistently training wonderful people and
wonderful graduates," Miller said. "But there is always room for improvement. To be an outstanding physician in the 21st century, it is going to take a different skill set than we have taught in the past."
The situation is all too familiar to Gail Morrison, M.D., vice dean for Education and director of the Office of Academic Programs at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She led curriculum changes for her medical school in 1997.
WRITTEN BY CRAIG BOERNER
ILLUSTRATION BY STEVE DININNO