Office of Medical Education

Undergraduate Medical Education

Curriculum Goals & Objectives

In 2008, LSUHSC-NO School of Medicine formally drafted new curriculum goals, and adopted educational program objectives that were aligned with ACGME/AAMC core competency areas.  Our overall goals were revised in 2013, in conjunction with a comprehensive curriculum review and renewal.  Educational program objectives were revised and adopted by the Curriculum Steering Committee in 2014-15.  Our curriculum is based upon principles of learning, and is designed to train physicians who are capable of success in any graduate medical education program.  Our curriculum instills the knowledge, skills, behaviors, and professional attitudes commensurate with best medical practice. Our graduates become critical thinkers who are committed to life-long learning in order to adapt to the changing landscape of clinical care. Our graduates can effectively work in health care teams to serve their communities and deliver excellent care to their patients.

New curriculum initiatives are developed and implemented by the Curriculum Renewal Committee.  Curriculum changes are monitored by the Curriculum Steering Committee and the Course Evaluation Committee.  The steering committee aims to ensure that our overall goals and objectives are achieved by monitoring student performance on USMLE exams, outcomes of the residency matching program, student feedback from the AAMC Graduation Questionnaire, the teaching of core competencies, and the evaluation of our graduates by their residency program directors.   The Course Evaluation Committee is responsible for evaluation of the content and success of individual courses and clerkships.  This committee utilizes comprehensive evaluations completed by students (Aesculapian Society Evaluations), as well as its own internal evaluations conducted by faculty.