Preclinical Curriculum Subcommittee

The primary responsibility of the Preclinical Curriculum Subcommittee is to review, revise, and monitor the preclinical curriculum and, where possible, foster integration among basic science disciplines and between basic and clinical sciences. The Preclinical Curriculum Subcommittee will formally review each preclinical module at least once every three years and submit a report, including recommendations, to the MEC for approval. A module may be reviewed more than once in three years if recommended by the Subcommittee. In years that a formal MEC review is not conducted, all materials used in the formal review will be collected and provided to module directors who will discuss these materials with student representatives and provide an interim report to the Subcommittee, highlighting the impact of module changes from the previous year. The Office of Undergraduate Medical Education will provide data collection and analysis support and evaluation consultation for these reviews. In addition, the Subcommittee will conduct an annual retreat with module directors and others to identify the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for the preclinical curriculum.

Appointments

The lengths of appointment are as follows: faculty (3 years) and students (1 year). All appointments are made by the Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education.

Leadership

The leadership will be provided by the Chair. Chair and Chair-elect serve two year terms. .

Voting Membership

The voting membership will consist of 7-10 members, as follows:

  • Preclinical Module Director (1)
  • Course Director for ICM or his designee (1)
  • Clerkship Director (1)
  • At-large faculty (2-4)
  • Student Representatives (2-3)

Ex-officio, non-voting membership

  • Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education or her/his representative
  • Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education or her/his representative
  • Associate Dean for Students or her/his representative
  • One representative each from Tuscaloosa, Huntsville and Montgomery campuses, selected by their respective Deans

Meetings

This subcommittee will meet as needed.

Communication

Information concerning medical education activities, announcements concerning upcoming meetings and topics to be discussed, and minutes of this subcommittee’s meetings will be communicated in a timely fashion to all voting and ex-officio non-voting members.

Quorum

A quorum will consist of a simple majority of the voting members.

Operation

The Preclinical Curriculum Subcommittee can appoint task forces to investigate particular issues, and recommendations to the Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education and Dean may be made. The Preclinical Curriculum Subcommittee can appoint non-voting, ad hoc members when their expertise is needed. Proposals will be considered, and recommendations to approve or not approve will be voted on. Approval can be achieved by a simple majority of the voting member quorum that is present. Decisions reached by the Preclinical Curriculum Subcommittee will be forwarded directly to the MEC.