Institutional Governance & Planning
The Committee System - Where Does a Student Fit In?
A number of committees are actively involved in shaping the School of Medicine, particularly the curriculum and other essential aspects of your medical education. As a student you have a voice on many of these committees. Furthermore, you can have an impact through the Student Council. How strong an impact you make largely depends on your own initiative in the decision-making process.
The following committees/councils include students in their voting memberships. Of these, Freshmen are represented on: Curriculum Coordinating Committee, Year I/II Committee, School of Medicine Council, and Student Council. Students also may be invited to serve on special task forces and temporary committees. If you have an interest or expertise in a particular area, let the OSA staff know so that we may consider you for appointment to one of these temporary committees.
Committee for Curriculum Coordination (CCC) and Subcommittees
The task of the CCC is to study and evaluate the curriculum and methods of instruction continually, make recommendations concerning changes and innovations in the curriculum and instructional procedures, make a continuing study of the evaluation process of student achievement and recommend changes when necessary. Students are appointed each Fall to fill vacancies as they occur, normally through graduation. Student representatives to this committee are the class officers and the curriculum committee representatives.
Year I and II Committee
This Committee functions in an advisory capacity for the CCC, examining both general and specific matters pertaining to the medical school curriculum as they impact on the first two years. The Committee is comprised of the course directors and/or departmental chairpersons for each of the preclinical courses, as well as a class officers and curriculum representatives from the 1st and 2nd year classes and non-voting administrative advisors (Associate Deans for Student Affairs and Medical Education). Issues pursued by this committee typically include final examination schedules, proposed curriculum revisions, and peer review of the courses. The Committee serves as an essential forum to preserve the concerns of the preclinical years within the context of the more general curricular issues of the medical school as a whole.
Clinical Years Committee
The Clinical Years Committee consists of course directors, class officers and curriculum representatives from years 3 and 4 and Dean's Office leaders who are responsible for the clinical aspects of the curriculum. The committee meets monthly to design and monitor the progress of the third and fourth years of medical school. Issues of content, format, schedule and requirements are discussed.
School of Medicine Council
According to the School of Medicine By-Laws, the student body shall have 11 representatives to serve on the School of Medicine Council. These representatives shall include the President of the Student Council and the President of each of the four classes (if a class has 2 Presidents, only one may be appointed to serve as a representative). The other representatives should be selected as prescribed by the Student Council. An alternate should be elected/appointed for each class representative. All student representatives shall serve a term of one year. The names of student representatives should be submitted to the Dean's Office. The School of Medicine Council is the official body that provides the forum for input on academic and educational policies of the Medical School. The Council meets on a monthly basis during the academic year (September through June). There are approximately 85 voting members. If both the representative and alternate are present, only the representative would be eligible to vote on an issue. Prior to each meeting, a Council packet will be mailed from the Dean's Office, which includes the agenda and other pertinent information. To have an item placed on the agenda, you may contact Jeanette Balotin, Assistant Dean for programs and Planning, at 410-706-7410; or Fax 410-706-0235 or by E-mail email@example.com; or write c/o Office of the Dean, School of Medicine, Room 14-029, Bressler Building, School of Medicine, 655 W. Baltimore Street, University of Maryland, Baltimore.
A Student's View of the School of Medicine Council
Through the School of Medicine Council, faculty and students participate in the development of a variety of medical school policies. This year the Council addressed issues such as the development of long-range educational plans and policies. In addition to their role as policy makers, Council members also hear status reports from committees appointed by the Dean. These include reports of the Curriculum Committee, the Annual Admissions Report and the reports of the various search committees. The School of Medicine Council meets on a monthly basis during the academic year (September through June), offering students an excellent opportunity to develop an understanding of the issues affecting the operations and plans of the medical school. The Council has approximately 80 voting members, 11 of whom are students. In this forum, students are provided an opportunity to speak and vote on an equal basis with faculty. (Emily Zimmerman, Class of 1993)
Two students each from the 2nd, 3rd and 4th year classes are selected by the Student Council as student representatives to the Judicial Board. The term of office for students shall be until graduation or earlier separation from the medical school community, as long as they remain in good standing with the school. For a more complete description of the Judicial Board see "Professional Conduct," and the complete text of the University of Maryland School of Medicine's "Statement of Ethical Principles, Judicial Review System and By-Laws of the Judicial Board".
Ethical Advisory Committee (University of Maryland Medical Center)
This state-mandated committee is composed of about 25 physicians, nurses, social workers, administrators, clergy, attorneys and other personnel, and welcomes the input of students and residents as non-voting participants. On request the committee advises hospital staff and families regarding difficult ethical decisions such as life support for terminal patients, and also helps develop hospital policy regarding such critical situations. The committee also serves an educational function to hospital staff and reviews legal and legislative decisions. For information contact Dr. Henry Silverman, committee chairman at 410-706-6250.
Special Task Forces
On occasion, special committees, task forces and retreats are set up to examine school policies or curriculum issues. When these issues have direct relevance to students, the classes are frequently invited to recommend representatives. Major changes in policy or curriculum typically take two or more years to plan and take effect, and this may be frustrating to students who will be members of each class for only one year. At the same time, however, each group of entering students reaps the benefits of changes to which their predecessors have contributed, and have the opportunity to leave their successors a similar legacy.
Source = OSA Academic Handbook