Special Programs Subcommittee

The primary responsibility of the Special Programs Subcommittee is the oversight of integration in the curriculum, not only among the preclinical modules, but also across all four years, including formal instruction of the basic sciences in the clinical years. The Special Programs Subcommittee will formally review the alternate UASOM pathways/programs, including, but not limited to, the Early Medical School Acceptance Program, Rural Medical Scholars Program, Tuscaloosa Exposure to Rural Medicine, Huntsville Rural Medical Program, Medical Scientist Training Program, and Oral Maxillofacial Surgery Training Program. Each pathway/program will be reviewed at least once every five years and may be reviewed more than once in five years if recommended by the Subcommittee. The Office of Undergraduate Medical Education will provide data collection and analysis support and evaluation consultation for these reviews.

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, who is the current Vice Chair of the MEC. Chair and Chair-elect serve two year terms.

Voting Membership

The voting membership will consist of 8-11 members, as follows:

  • Vice-Chair of the MEC (1)
  • At-large faculty (3-5)
  • Director of Scholarly Activity (1)
  • Student Representatives (2)
  • Student MSTP Representative (1)

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 Special Programs Subcommittee can appoint task forces to investigate particular issues, and, on the basis of information provided by a task force, recommendations to the Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education and Dean may be made. The Special Programs 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 Special Programs Subcommittee will be forwarded directly to the MEC.