College of Medicine Committees

Note: Most committees meet approximately once per month, often during scheduled lecture time so when considering applying, keep in mind that you will be expected to miss some lectures.

Curriculum Committee

Administrative Contact – Matthew Orlando

The Chicago Curriculum Committee exists to oversee all the academic details of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. Members include faculty, staff, and students. The purpose of the Committee is to review, modify, and enhance the plan of studies for students in the College of Medicine. As a representative, one listens to various reports from subcommittees, which include Phase I and Phase II/III subcommittees, and those regarding standardized exams. Deans are also asked to report any pertinent information to the Committee. The final purpose of the committee is to propose further modifications to the curriculum, discuss benefits and limitations to such changes, vote on the proposals, and finally enact such changes to the curriculum. As a student representative, one plays a key role as you participate in discussions and have a voice to present views from your class. The curriculum committee is also responsible for hearing dialogue on topics such as student performance on the USMLE exams and initiating comprehensive reviews of the curriculum at regular intervals. Meetings are held on Mondays at 1:00 PM once per month and typically last about an hour.

 

Phase I Subcommittee

Administrative Contact – Eric Wallbruch

The Phase I subcommittee positions consist of attending monthly meetings alongside faculty and administrators to evaluate classes from the M1 and M2 curriculum. At each meeting, there will be one or more presentations from SCB members regarding the current status and recommendations for improvement in the upcoming year. Additionally, issues with curriculum or the way a class is run are first brought to the Phase I subcommittee. At this point, changes are suggested and/or implemented as necessary, and the class can be approved for the next year. As students, it is our responsibility to make sure that we know the opinion of various classes from our peers. The purpose of us being on this committee is to share the student opinions, to continue to make improvements, and to ensure quality of teaching at UIC. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month from 12:00-1:20 PM.

 

Phase II/III Subcommittee

Administrative Contact – Terra Clark

The Phase II/III subcommittee positions consist of attending monthly meetings where clerkship/rotations from the M3 and M4 curriculum will be presented, discussed, and evaluated. At each meeting, there will be a panel of professors (sometimes including the clerkship director) who will help make improvements to the various clerkships. When there is any problem with the clerkship, whether scheduling, a specific site problem, or restructuring, the issue is first brought to the Phase II/III subcommittee. The purpose of having students on this committee is to share student opinion, continue to make improvements, and ensure the quality of teaching at hospital sites. The committee meets once per month for 1-1.5 hours on the third Wednesday of each month at 4:00 PM and students are expected to volunteer to carry out and draft formal elective reviews as part of the committee at least once a semester.

Note: Members of the Phase II/III Subcommittee, in addition to monthly attendance, are expected to take on several formal M3/M4 elective reviews each year. This is typically carried out in teams of two students (or one faculty) and involves assessing the self-report, website description, and student feedback for the elective followed by contacting the course director and presenting their review to the Phase II/III Subcommittee.

 

Entrustable Professional Activities (EPA) Committee

Administrative Contact: Matthew Orlando

The Core Entrustable Professional Activities (EPA) for Entering Residency project was designed by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in 2014 to provide expectations and instructional activities on 13 core activities all medical students should be able to perform upon entering residency, regardless of specialty. UICOM was one of 10 pilot schools chosen for this project and the Chicago campus in particular is responsible for developing curriculum around EPA 13: “Identify systems failures and contribute to a culture of safety and improvement.” Now that the 13 EPAs have been outlined and discussed on a national level, this committee will also be working to implement the EPAs into the UICOM curriculum. Two students from each year of training are appointed to this committee, which meets monthly. Meetings are typically held on the 4th Wednesday of the month from 3:30-5:00 PM. Students will contribute to various initiatives related to EPA 13 and provide feedback to administration. For more information on the AAMC Core EPA project, check out their website: https://www.aamc.org/initiatives/coreepas/.

 

Chicago Student Promotion Committee (CSPC)

Administrative Contact – Nabeela Rabbani

The Chicago Student Promotions Committee (CSPC) meets on a monthly basis to discuss specific issues pertinent to students’ progression through medical school. These issues may be reflected on an individual basis, in which a student’s promotion, leave of absence, return to school, etc. is discussed based on that student’s particular situation. Other times, these issues may affect large groups of students such as in the case of the promotion of a class as a whole. It is important to note that, because the topics discussed at CSPC meeting are often highly sensitive and extremely personal, student representatives are required to maintain an extraordinary degree of privacy and professionalism when behaving both within and outside of CSPC meetings.  Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month and usually last around 2 hours. While two students are appointed per class, a maximum of four students can attend the monthly meeting, and this is typically coordinated by senior students and CSPC administrators.  Thus, attendance requirements are different from other committees which require attendance each month.