The DGSOM pre-clerkship curriculum spans the first two years of medical instruction. In order to ensure a manageable workload and adequate time for self-directed and independent study during this curricular phase, this policy outlines the time expectations for in-class and out-of-class activities.
DGSOM aims to build foundational knowledge while fostering lifelong learning in students by combining in-class activities supplemented by guided self-directed learning opportunities. The Human Biology & Disease (HB&D) faculty ensures a manageable workload by monitoring the weekly required coursework as well as the time that students are expected to spend mastering the curricular material. The HB&D block chairs work with the curricular thread chairs in adjusting required activities and assignments in order to avoid exceeding the time expectations for these activities and ensure students’ personal health. These activities are regularly reassessed and adjusted based on evaluation data, student input and feedback. This policy is reviewed at least annually with each block chair to ensure adherence.
Related LCME Standard
8.8 Monitoring Student Time
The medical school faculty committee responsible for the medical curriculum and the program’s administration and leadership ensure the development and implementation of effective policies and procedures regarding the amount of time medical students spend in required activities, including the total number of hours medical students are required to spend in clinical and educational activities during clerkships.
Accountable Dean or Director: Assistant Dean for Pre-clerkship Curriculum/Associate Dean for Curriculum
Approved by MEC October 2019