Timeline & Milestones

More than 250 faculty, staff, and students representing 29 departments were involved in shaping the curriculum transformation proposal. Here is a timeline and summary of milestones of how this great undertaking progressed.

August 4, 2017

U-M Medical School, AMA co-host student leadership conference.

August 3, 2017

The write stuff: U-M medical students learn research, publishing skills.

June 8, 2017

Clinical curriculum: Students learn clinical skills from Day One.

May 2, 2017

Today’s students, tomorrow’s leaders: Curriculum teaches future doctors how to lead. Related article.

April 4, 2017

Medical students branch out during final two years. Related article.

March 1, 2017

Paths of Excellence allow medical students to pursue what ‘makes their heart beat.’

February 2, 2017

Medical student curriculum transformation takes shape.

November 5, 2015

Health science students and faculty discuss interprofessional education. Related article: Interprofessional Town Hall October 2015

August 10, 2015

UMMS featured in MedPage Today article. Related article: The Changing Face of Medical Education: Integrating Basic Science

July 29, 2015

Incoming medical school class first to come into new curriculum. Related article: A New Way to Learn Medicine

July 21, 2015

Seven health science schools come together to transform education. Related article: Center for Interprofessional Education Celebrates Launch

June 25, 2015

Faculty approves curriculum changes with high vote turnout.

June 10-14, 2015

Faculty vote.

June 7, 2015

Alumni reception and panel discussion take place in Chicago.

June 1, 2015

The Executive Faculty were invited to vote on the proposed curriculum transformation between June 10 – 24, 2015. The following message was communicated to the UMMS community on June 25 by Dean James O. Woolliscroft:

Our plan for the curriculum transformation was approved by a majority vote of the Executive Faculty, with 762 faculty voting. Four out of five faculty who voted approved of the curriculum plans and the process we are using to move forward.

This was one of the largest turnouts for a faculty vote in many years and I am gratified by the level of engagement. While this election was an important milestone, much work remains to be done and the involvement of the faculty in shaping the curriculum continues to be critical to its success.

May 29, 2015

First M-Home Olympics on Elbel Field. Related article: Medical Students Find a Home at Inaugural M-Home Olympics

May 28, 2015

Curriculum proposal endorsed by the UMMS Executive Committee.

May 22, 2015

The UMMS Curriculum Policy Committee (CPC) reviewed and approved the proposal.

April 27, 2015

Students approach health care as interdisciplinary teams. Related article: Finding Solutions Together

April 16, 2015

UMMS makes more Path of Excellence options available to medical students. Related article: A Path to Excellence

April 9, 2015

UMMS featured in Kaiser Health News article. Related article: Medical Schools Reboot for 21st Century

April 3, 2015

Four UMMS faculty named as M-Home house directors. Related article: Building the M-Home

March 25, 2015

Team-based clinical decision-making course gets underway. Related article: Students seek health care solutions through interprofessional teams

March 17, 2015

Faculty, staff and students engage in meaningful discussion.

March 16, 2015

UMMS students highlighted in AMA Wire. Related article: How Students are Effecting Medical Education Transformation

March 11, 2015

Specific and exciting details about the curriculum emerge. 

February 19, 2015

Plans for faculty town hall announced to discuss UMMS curriculum transformation.

February 9, 2015

Alan Alda visits UMMS to discuss the importance of effective communication. Related article: Better Communication Essential for Scientists and Health Care Providers

January 7, 2015

Curriculum Policy Committee approves UMMS institutional competencies and objectives.

November 2014

Article about leadership published on AMA blog. Related article: AMA Wire: A Spotlight on Innovation

November 20-21, 2014

AMA visits UMMS.

November 19, 2014

Communication of curriculum transformation leads to faculty engagement.

November 19, 2014

Rajesh Mangrulkar, M.D., Associate Dean for Medical Student Education featured in Medicine at Michigan. Related article: Leading Change: Tomorrow’s Medical School

October 14, 2014

A new community for medical student learning is planned.

October 7, 2014

Transitioning to the operational phase begins.

October 1, 2014

Student Advisory Committee administers survey to medical student body.

September 23, 2014

Curricular changes approved for 2015 implementation.

April 1, 2014

Seven main themes identified that medical education must foster.
Related article: The vision of the future physician leader

April 1, 2014

The CSP team identifies five key factors driving the case for changing medical education: the exponential growth in knowledge, the inadequate training in systems, the marginalizing of students in the clinical setting, the lack of leadership development, and the external needs of society. The state of individual and population health are at critical levels, putting a tremendous burden on our systems of health care.

June 14, 2013

The University of Michigan Medical School is named one of 11 medical schools in the country to be awarded a $1.1 million grant from the American Medical Association to accelerate change in medical education. Related article: Transforming the training of tomorrow's doctors: U-M Medical School wins $1.1M award from AMA

January 2013 – December 2013

The CPC committee and subcommittees held and attended 3 working retreats, 11 committee meetings, and several subcommittee meetings. This resulted in the development of a proposed new model for medical student education, and a proposed governance structure for Curriculum Strategic Planning (CSP) that would report directly to the CPC.

December 21, 2012

Dean Woolliscroft charged the Curriculum Policy Committee (CPC) with considering a new model of medical student education.