Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Curriculum 2.0



curriculum 2.0 is aimed at really preparing students for the future of healthcare and biomedical science which is dramatically different than what we've experienced in our lifetimes people ask us if it's perfect why change it and the truth is first of all it's not perfect we know a lot more about how people learn than we did a hundred years ago and what we know is that when people learn in context when they learn about the anatomy of the brain while they're taking care of a patient that has a brain disorder they remember for a long time and they remember it permanently as opposed to just transiently to take the test one of the sort of tag lines that we've developed for curriculum 2.0 is that it's not just a sequence of courses it's actually a system of learning so instead of just a linear again a linear course where you take one course the next the next next and it's all prescribed throughout four years it's really how have you done what you want to do where do you need to go next based on how you're developing I took the blue pill pretty early and I said wow this this is exactly what all of the learning Sciences have taught us this is exactly what all of the other education experts and all the other disciplines would say is the way to go and I think once I took that to heart and realized how things meshed together it was very easy for me to buy a new system two big things come to mind when I think about what are the changes that are going to happen first is that students in multiple ways will have more clinical exposure earlier and the second change is this idea that students are going to be more responsible for what they need to know so I'm part of the hybrid curriculum now they didn't want to just take this new class and throw them in to this brand new clique in my way so they kind of tried things with us you're just feel like they're just trying to get you exposed to what it's actually like to practice medicine because when you're kind of just sitting there looking at a textbook you read a lot of things you see a lot of things in the book but until you're actually there and you actually have to deal with what like real fishes are with actual people you don't get a full grasp of it used up and so I think that's what they're trying to have us do to try to have us become more proficient clinical doctors I think the really major difference is that we're focusing more on how they learn as much as what they learn and that's the skill set that you need continuing throughout your career as a physician when you think about much of structured education is fairly passive you're told what you should learn you gorget ate it for tests when you move into the workplace in any career but particularly in medicine which is rapidly evolving you really need to identify for yourself what do I not know where do I find an information how do I know if it's good information how do I apply that to the patient for me so I think some of the students have an excited apprehension about curriculum 2.0 I think they're excited because there's going to be a lot more individualization there's going to be a lot more opportunity for students to pursue those avenues that they're interested in and they're passionate about but there's also a little apprehension about the idea that they're going to be more responsible for everything we have never been in a time where health care and what it really means to to perform healthcare has changed so rapidly we need to make our students professional learner because the change that they're going to encounter in what they need to know to be successful clinicians is actually going to exponentially increase after they leave so so the tool set they need to be great physicians is vastly different than the tool set I needed that's where Minerals culture comes in and I think the collaboration between faculty and students at Vanderbilt is not something that's new that's something that's been here for so long that has been passed down from medical school class to medical school class that if there was any place where we were going to be able to develop this new system that faculty and students working together this

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