Curriculum: a course of formative experience
Curriculum [from Latin, race course] refers to the course of deeds & experiences through which learners are transformed into more advance stages. Curriculum is prescriptive, based on a syllabus, which specifies topics that must be understood, and to what level or standard.
- Explicit terminal learning objectives describe intended knowledge, skills, & behaviors to be acquired.
- Junior - introductory OB Anesthesiology Rotation, CA1 or early CA2 year
- Senior 1 - first "senior" rotation, CA2 year
- Senior 2 - second Senior rotation, CA2 or CA3 year
- Learnin objectives inform educational activities, experiences that are intended to facilitate achievement of those learning objectives.
- Finally, objectives & educational activities inform assessment, which involves comparing performace with expectations. Routine direct supervision by faculty and fellows provides ample opportunity for formative feedback and assessment. Residents may expect
- Performance feedback daily, on the spot, in close temporal proximity fo performance
- Individual & team debriefs after patient care activies as indicated and as time permits
- Midpoint feedback
- Formal evaluation, via New Innovations, which includes faculty judgements regarding Entrustable Professional Activites, i.e., the level of independent performance "entrusted" for 7-9 explicitly defined professional activities that encompass each rotation's objects.