Office of Medical Education
The Office of Medical Education (OME), under the direction of the Associate Dean for Medical Education, has responsibility for overall curriculum scheduling, implementation, evaluation, and classroom facilities. The office works closely with the curriculum committees, the faculty, the chairs, and the Dean on issues of management of the curriculum, and the evaluation of students, educational programs, and faculty teaching.
- The office coordinates activities related to the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) and National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Subject Exams. It also conducts curricular reviews, educational evaluations, and facilitates educational research activities.
- The office oversees the use of simulation in medical education. This includes the Simulated Patient (SP) Program comprised of standardized patients and computerized cases.
- OME supports all Year 1 and 2 blocks, including the Practice of Medicine and Advanced Clinical Skills Blocks. Additional support is provided to Clinical Reasoning in Medicine, Advanced Clinical Experience in Rural Health Care, Teaching in Medicine, and the Transition to Clinical Medicine Course as well as coordinating rotations for selected Primary Care residents in rural sites. OME also coordinates the schedules for the third year clerkships and electives for fourth year students, and is responsible for the recruitment and retention of community-based faculty that are an integral part of our medical education programs.
The Associate Dean for Medical Education will communicate decisions and recommendations from these committees to the Dean. The Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs is ex-officio on medical education committees. When an action concerning an individual medical student's progress is recommended by either the Years 1-2 or Years 3-4 Curriculum Committee, the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs is responsible for taking appropriate action and for keeping the curriculum committees informed as appropriate of any actions and/or status changes. Pursuant to the NSHE Code, medical student committee members must be excused from participation and required to leave during all deliberations when the performance of an individual medical student is reviewed unless the student who is the subject of the review has consented in writing to the participation of the medical student members. Membership in these committees represents a major educational service to the School and should be so reflected in student portfolios.
The Medical Education Steering Committee (MESC) has integrated institutional responsibility for overall design, management, and evaluation of undergraduate medical education curriculum. It ensures development, coordination, integration, and evaluation of the undergraduate medical education curriculum, plans joint meetings of the Years 1-2 and Years 3-4 Curriculum Committees, develops and approves medical education policy, plans and facilitates faculty participation in important medical education activities, and helps plan and facilitate faculty development programs.
The Years 1-2 Block/Course Directors Committee and the Years 3 & 4 Clerkship and Electives Directors Committee is responsible for the creation, implementation, coordination, and evaluation of the curriculum specific to the named years. These committees also ensure coherence and continuity of content and policies, as well as coordination with each other.