Posted: July 7, 2014

OSR Toolkit: Curricular Fundamentals - A Primer for Medical Students Involved in Curricular Planning


At virtually all medical schools, students are involved in curricular design, implementation, and/or evaluation to some degree. The effective participation of students in these activities can provide invaluable perspective, refreshing energy, and innovative ideas. Very little exists, however, to provide students with the relevant medical education theory, basic vocabulary, and resources for individual learning so that they may become more effective partners in curricular planning. To meet this need, the authors have prepared a one-page primer designed by students for students. The primer is intended to be a basic introduction to curricular fundamentals, a quick reference, and a starting point for more advanced concepts and topics.


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Janice L. Farlow, Indiana University School of Medicine

Daniel A. London, MS, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine

Florence Doo, MA, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

Andrew Golden, University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences The Pritzker School of Medicine

Kristin Pacl, Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Anish Patel, Medical College of Wisconsin

Anil Wadhwani, Northwestern University The Feinberg School of Medicine