General Guidelines and Resources

The purpose of course and clerkship reviews is to fulfill one of the key missions of the Curriculum Committee as defined by RWJMS By-laws and the LCME (click here to view LCME Accreditation Standards): ED-33. Curriculum management signifies leading, directing, coordinating, controlling, planning, evaluating, and reporting. Evidence of effective curriculum management includes:

  • Evaluation of program effectiveness by outcomes analysis, using national norms of accomplishment as a frame of reference.
  • Monitoring of content and workload in each discipline, including the identification of omissions and unwanted redundancies.
  • Review of the stated objectives of individual courses and clerkships, as well as methods of pedagogy and student evaluation, to assure congruence with institutional educational objectives.

Minutes of the curriculum committee meetings and reports to the faculty governance and deans should document that such activities take place and should show the committee’s findings and recommendations.

ED-34 The program’s faculty must be responsible for the detailed design and implementation of the components of the curriculum.

Such responsibilities include, at a minimum, the development of specific course or clerkship objectives, selection of pedagogical and evaluation methods appropriate for the achievement of those objectives, ongoing review and updating of content, and assessment of course and teacher quality.

ED-35 The objectives, content, and pedagogy of each segment of the curriculum, as well as for the curriculum as a whole, must be subject to periodic review and revision by the faculty.

On a cyclical basis (generally a three year cycle), all required courses and clerkships are subject to review.

Three members of the Curriculum Committee will be assigned to a review (click here for reviewer schedule). A schedule for reviews for the coming academic year will be published in September. A second- or third-year faculty member will be assigned as chair, in addition to a first year faculty members and a student. The role of the review committee members is to:

  • Read course material prepared by the Clerkship/Course director specifically for the review. This will include answers to a detailed questionnaire developed by the Committee (see attachments)
  • Meet with Course/Clerkship Director to address any specific concerns
  • Read all student course evaluations
  • Read previous review report to ensure all areas of concern have been addressed in current review
  • Generate a written report that will be presented to the curriculum committee. This is generally the job of the
  • Review Chair although members of the review committee should contribute components of the report
  • Lead discussion of report and course/clerkship at designated curriculum committee meeting


Recommended Timeline for Course/Clerkship Review

Four months prior to scheduled review:

  • Letter will be sent from Office of Education to Course/Clerkship Director reminding them of the up-coming review

Three months prior to scheduled review:

  • Course/clerkship review packet will be sent to Course/Clerkship Director
  • Notice will be sent to reviewers from the Office of Education, reminding them of impending review

Six weeks prior to scheduled review:

  • All materials are due from the Course/Clerkship Directors to the Office of Education
  • Office of Education will distribute material to Reviewers

Four Weeks prior to Review:

  • Reviewers should read and review all materials
  • Schedule meeting with Course/Clerkship Directors

Two Weeks prior to Review:

  • Compile Written Report

One Week Prior to scheduled review:

Review Report due to the Office of Education


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