UNMC Training the Physicians of Tomorrow Curriculum Charter

Purpose of Charter

This charter provides an overview of the UNMC Training the Physicians of Tomorrow curriculum goals for the College of Medicine, including redesign principles and intended outcomes of physicians who complete the curriculum. 

Vision of the Physicians of Tomorrow Curriculum

The Training the Physicians of Tomorrow curriculum will produce physicians whose strong foundation in basic, clinical and health systems sciences prepare them to work collaboratively with other health professionals to promote health and reduce suffering for the patients and populations throughout Nebraska and the surrounding region. 

Goals for Curriculum Redesign

The Training the Physicians of Tomorrow curriculum will enhance the acquisition of enduring knowledge and skills while integrating the emerging knowledge and abilities that are critical to becoming a 21st Century physician. The intended outcome of the curriculum is a physician who is well-prepared to excel in residency training, professional practice and as a productive citizen of Nebraska. These foundational principles will guide the work of the curriculum oversight committees: 

Improving Health by Focusing on Patients and Learners 

  • Integrated Learning Experiences: Students will acquire, practice and continuously apply critical thinking and problem solving skills via varied learning modalities, such as lecture, small group interactions, simulation, virtual reality and patient encounters to achieve collaborative, critical thinking expertise.
  • Facilitate Clinical Reasoning: Students will become masters at clinical reasoning through a curricular structure that incorporates ongoing inquiry with self-driven learning.
  • Enhance and Improve Patient Care: Faculty, residents, fellows and staff will create and continuously improve learning environments and activities that elevate patient care and support students’ development as physicians.
  • Interprofessional Learning: Students will value, practice and demonstrate effective interprofessional collaborative practice to meet the modern medical environment’s demands.
  • Professional Growth and Development: Students will assume the identity of the 21st Century physician, continuously developing and applying unique skills, contributions and leadership, while being supported by dedicated advisors and mentors. 

Improving Health by Focusing on Systems, Instructional Strategies and Development

Guiding Principles of the Curriculum Redesign Process

To accomplish the vision and goals outlined above, the Training the Physicians of Tomorrow curriculum will incorporate the following: