Below are the strategic priorities and initiatives for education. Each point underneath a numerated strategic priority is an initiative and will guide us to become the top in education:

1. Ensure the SOM is training professionals for the health care of the future, in collaboration with the health care system

  • Explore opportunities for new single / dual degree programs – e.g., genetic counseling, joint degrees – MS, professional masters degrees, and potentially post-bac programs
  • Pursue opportunities for increased interprofessional practice and education, in conjunction with University and HCS
  • Identify, develop and promote model practices for student placement (i.e., team-based care, diverse populations) where students add value as well as develop the capability to serve a diverse society and improve health equity; increase preceptor capacity
  • Enhance curriculum to ensure competence with emerging technologies (e., ultrasound, artificial intelligence, data analytics), informatics, and quality improvement strategies for clinical care, learning, and research
  • Align and enhance leadership curriculum across all educational programs (UME, GME, PhD), explore additional opportunities for cross-cutting initiatives

2. Optimize the MD curriculum and its delivery to ensure engaged and prepared learners

  • Implement new pedagogical approaches for UME focused on more active learning, coupled with faculty development
  • Unify clinical campuses while maintaining the distinctiveness of each campus
  • Seek more individualization of the curriculum – e.g., tracks, competency based, global opportunities, enhanced student research
  • Provide best in class faculty development for educator in all phases, continue to develop foundation phase cadre
  • Prepare students for optimal performance on national licensure exams

3. Invest to maintain excellence in education mission, building the infrastructure necessary to deliver cutting-edge curriculum

  • Ensure successful completion of Chapel Hill building, retrofit of CH classrooms, technological integration of campuses
  • Centralize the existing simulations resources and better define the utility of simulation for specific curricular components for residents, students, and others
  • Evaluate the feasibility of increased coverage for graduate student stipends