Welcome to Nicola Feldman, Academic Fellow

The Department of Medical Education is excited to announce the first recipient of the Office of Curricular Affairs Academic Fellowship, Nicola “Nikki” Feldman.  

During her time here at Sinai, Nikki has served in multiple teaching roles such as a teaching assistant for the Sumer Enrichment Fellowship and a cohort leader for Structures. In addition to teaching, she acts as a senior tutor and helps students prepare for courses and the boards. Beyond her work at Sinai, NIkki has a long history of education. Prior to medical school, NIkki served as a high school teacher through Teach for America where she designed a year-long chemistry curriculum. In the role of Academic Fellow, Nikki is excited to continue share this experience in the curriculum redesign process and be a voice for the student population.  

The Academic Fellow role was designed to stimulate or sustain student interest in medical education especially in curriculum design, development, implementation, and assessment. Starting in July 2022, Ms. Feldman will be intimately involved with the inner workings and will function as a vital member of the Office of Curricular Affairs and report directly to the Senior Associate Dean for Curricular Affairs, while working closely with the Curriculum Co-Directors and the Associate Dean for UME Affairs.  Nicola will be responsible for amplifying the student perspective in all processes within the Office of Curricular Affairs and serve as a consistent student voice throughout the curricular revisioning project. 

Content Committee – Working Group Progress

Members of the three Content Committee Working groups began meeting this month.  Once charged by Dr. Soriano, the first few minutes focused on acclimating faculty to the curricula at other medical schools and reviewing journals on current trends and issues within medical education. Moving forward, each working group will meet twice a month and will work on a set of decisions that need to be made by August 2022.  

Phase 1: 

  • Determine order of blocks  
  • How to integrate threads  
  • Decide what goes in the foundational block and transitional block and how they should be structured (hours per week, pedagogy %, arrangement of day, should there be built in time for meetings w advisors, SA, research, feedback? Consider faculty development as built-in, what about flexibility – does less lecture means more mandatory sessions, etc.)  
  • Determine locations for all the topics that don’t have a full block 
  • Determine how best to teach skills such as communication, physical exam, procedures, advocacy, etc.  
  • Identify how best to build specific and individual formative feedback to students 

Phase 2: 

  • Define phase 2 objectives 
  • Determine phase 2 block schedule/framework 
  • Identify assessment blocks 
  • Identify how best to build specific and individual formative feedback to students 

Phase 3: 

  • Determine Phase 3 blocks: Scholarship/Exploration (1st part) and Career Planning/Differentiation (2nd longer part) – goals   
  • Identify Scholarship block – development and completion of scholarly project requirement including timing of dissemination    
  • Identify Exploration block – electives and Advance Clinical Experiences (ACE)    
  • Identify Career planning block including Step prep   
  • Determine Differentiation block including Areas of Concentration (AOC) including AIs   
  • Determine Phase 3 capstone 

Call out for new Scholarly Year Opportunity, Academic Fellow

The MD Program of the Icahn School of Medicine is seeking an Academic Fellow for the Office of Curricular Affairs. Designed to stimulate or sustain interest in medical education especially in curriculum design, development, implementation and assessment, this unique fellowship provides funding for one (1) medical student in their post-core clerkship year. The Academic Fellow will be intimately involved with the inner workings and will function as a vital member of the Office of Curricular Affairs and report directly to the Senior Associate Dean for Curricular Affairs, while working closely with the Curriculum Co-Directors and the Associate Dean for UME Affairs. The Academic Fellow is expected to amplify the student perspective in all processes within the Office of Curricular Affairs and also serve as a consistent student voice throughout the curricular revisioning project. The Academic Fellow will oversee the operationalization of communication and information dissemination efforts of the curricular revisioning project to the various levels within the student body. There is an expectation of a scholarly educational product at the conclusion of this full year term. 

Applications due April 15, 2022.   For more information Academic Fellow Description 3.24.2022[88].

Content Committee – The Work Begins

After a call out to the Sinai community and over 150 faculty, staff and students applied to work on one of three working groups focused on the three phases of the new curriculum as determined by the Framework Committee:

          1. Pre-Clerkship
          2. Clerkship
          3. Post-Clerkship

The overwhelming interest in participating in the Content Committee is great to see.  Unfortunately not all volunteers can be part of the working groups.  Those that are not able to participate in this round will be top of the list for the next round of committee call outs in a few months.

The Content Committee working groups begin in April with a review of the Framework Committee outcomes, other medical school curriculum maps, and journals.

The Four Outcomes of the Framework Committee

The Curriculum Redesign Initiative is moving forward into the next phase of work. In recent months the Framework Committee has been working hard to come up with the overall structure of the new curriculum, specifically creating the structural framework, determining program objectives, and defining the curricular phases of the new MD curriculum.  

In February 2022, the Framework Committee voted on the following outcomes to guide the next phase of content development: 

CREATION OF GUIDING PRINCIPLES
A set of principles to guide all members in the various redesign committees in their work toward a redesigned ISMMS curriculum. 

TRANSFORMATION TO A TRIPHASIC FRAMEWORK
Reviews of leading academic institutions led to the redesign to a one-pass, triphasic curricular framework with an 18-12-18 month initial template. 

NEW MEDICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM OBJECTIVES
Creation of new MEPOs and alignment of competency framework with Physician Competency Reference Set (PCRS). Includes determination of intra- and interphasic assessment of MEPOs. 

EMERGING FEATURES OF PHASES
Proposed features of the 3 phases including curricular thread within and throughout the phases. 

As of February 2022, the Framework Committee has concluded its work and handed off the above outcomes to the three working groups of the Content Committee. Content Committee work will begin April 2022.  

Interested in Curriculum Re-Envisioning?

We are well underway into the second stage of our committee development.  We are recruiting for the Content Committee which will be comprised of three working groups:

  1. Pre-Clerkship Working Group
  2. Clerkship Working Group
  3. Post-Clerkship Working Group

The charge for each working group will be to:

  • Review the current curricular content of the traditional Year 1 and Year 2 curricular years at ISMMS
  • Develop the overall curricular content map for the phase with a focus on curricular integration
  • Identify major instructional and assessment methodologies that will be consistently applied throughout the phase
  • Identify potential challenges and threats including required resources
  • Determine the content block, intersession and/or transition courses and their corresponding goals and desired competencies for students
  • Determine the curricular threads within the phase and their integration with other phases
  • Determine the specific time points within each content block, intersession and/or transition courses and as a phase as a whole for learner assessment
  • Determine specific time points within each content block, intersession and/or transition courses and as a phase as a whole for student support
  • Determine the resources required to optimally achieve the curricular phase goals

We’re looking for faculty, staff, and students to join.   Time committment includes two two-hour meetings a month and pre- and post- meeting work.

If you are interested please fill out the application below!

Apply Today!