Education Program

Curriculum: a course of formative experience

Curriculum [from Latin, race course] refers to the course of deeds & experiences through which learners are transformed into more advance stages. Curriculum is prescriptive, based on a syllabus, which specifies topics that must be understood, and to what level or standard.
  • Explicit terminal learning objectives describe intended knowledge, skills, & behaviors to be acquired.
    • Junior - introductory OB Anesthesiology Rotation, CA1 or early CA2 year
    • Senior 1 - first "senior" rotation, CA2 year
    • Senior 2 - second Senior rotation, CA2 or CA3 year
  • Learnin objectives inform educational activities, experiences that are intended to facilitate achievement of those learning objectives.
    • Daily Schedule
    • Morning Conference
    • Clinical / Procedural Guidelines
    • Case Based Assessment (CBA) - Senior 1 & Senior 2 residents must complete CBA during their rotation. Adhering to the explicit instructions (including completion timeline) essentially guarantees success. This document, revised Jan 2018, contains four important components:
      • CBA Preparation / Presentation Expectations
      • Pre-CBA Proposal form
      • Main CBA Session document
      • CBA Assessment form (used by assessors)
  • Finally, objectives & educational activities inform assessment, which involves comparing performace with expectations. Routine direct supervision by faculty and fellows provides ample opportunity for formative feedback and assessment. Residents may expect
    • Performance feedback daily, on the spot, in close temporal proximity fo performance
    • Individual & team debriefs after patient care activies as indicated and as time permits
    • Midpoint feedback
    • Formal evaluation, via New Innovations, which includes faculty judgements regarding Entrustable Professional Activites, i.e., the level of independent performance "entrusted" for 7-9 explicitly defined professional activities that encompass each rotation's objects.