Medical Education Council

General Information

The Medical Education Council (MEC) shall be the designated executive body responsible for the design, implementation and evaluation of the curriculum of the Carver College of Medicine. The MEC will consult with departmental DEOs, the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Curriculum, the Office of Consultation and Research in Medical Education or others as indicated. The final decision making authority in regard to curriculum shall rest with the Dean.

Membership

Voting members shall consist of no more than 15 individuals with one vote each. Members are as follows:

  • Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Curriculum
  • Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Curriculum (if there is more than one, the Associate Dean will appoint this position)
  • The Chairs (or designees) of subcommittees of MEC which include:
    • Medical Arts and Sciences Committee
    • Clinical Experiences Committee
    • Strand Directors Committee
    • Curriculum Assessment Committee
  • Five elected Faculty Representatives from any department, but no more than one from and given department
  • 2 Representatives from OCRME
  • 2 Student Representatives

CCOM faculty will elect the 5 faculty representatives. Candidates can be self-nominated and will be permitted to submit a statement to the ballot regarding their qualifications and interest. If there are fewer than 5 candidates, the Dean or Associate Dean will appoint remaining members.

Terms last 3 years, and are renewable one time at the discretion of the Associate Dean.

The representatives from OCRME will consist of the Director who appoints a second OCRME member. Appointments are based on perceived needs of the council. The term length will be 1-3 years at the discretion of the Director, and it is renewable.

Student representatives will be from M2-M4 years. Student Government will determine their method of selection, length of term and term limits, if any.

Ad hoc non-voting members may include others appointed by the Chair of the Council to represent educational interests or provide advice.

Officers

The MEC will be chaired by the Associate Dean and of the five elected faculty representatives will be selected to serve as the Assistant Chair of the committee. The Dean or Associate Dean will appoint the faculty co-chair.

A secretary will be appointed by OSAC and will be responsible for recording and distributing the minutes of the meetings in a timely fashion as well as maintaining records of the committee activites.

Meetings

Meeting times, location and frequency are determined bt the council chair

Charges to the Medical Education Council

The MEC shall be the designated faculty body that will have integrated institutional responsibility for the overall design, management and evaluation of the Carver College of Medicine medical education program. The MEC will develop, oversee implementation of, and evaluate policies related to the educational mission of the college.

The MEC will respond to matters brought to it by the Dean, faculty, staff or students of the College of Medicine and delegate matters to subcommittees as appropriate.

Duties and Responsibilities of MEC

  • Define goals and objectives for the curriculum to ensure a coherent and coordinated longitudinal curriculum
  • Determine required courses/clerkships, length of semesters/clerkships, and on targeted areas
  • On a regular basis, review various program evaluation data and requirements to determine the status of the curriculum and plan for future improvements to curriculum
  • Assist the Associate Dean in LCME accreditation process
  • Develop policies concerning grading structures, requirements for graduation and related matters
  • Regarding course, clerkship and curriculum directors:
    • Review applications/nominees for course, clerkship, and strand directors and recommend appointments to these positions to the Associate Dean
    • Evaluate the performance of course, clerkship and strand directos on a regular basis and take appropriate action based on that evaluation
  • Participate in reviews of collgiate education-related units, and represent education interests in COM strategic planning, facilities planing, and related matters
    • Recommend to the Dean policies and procedures for recognizing and rewarding faculty for teaching