Reforming the Curriculum at Case Western Reserve Medical School

Preparing Physicians for the Future: A Program in Medical Education

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine developed a plan to reform its medical education curriculum.

This work was funded under Preparing Physicians for the Future, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) designed to facilitate major undergraduate curriculum reform in U.S. medical schools.

Key Results:

  • The school developed a curriculum that was interdisciplinary and broad in scope, rather than a pathway to early specialization.
  • The Core Physician Development Program was designed as the developmental axis about which the student's education builds, providing a learning laboratory for the integration of basic and clinical sciences throughout all four years of medical school.
  • The school planned an intensive clinical experience, the Core Clinical Clerkship Program, to be encompassed by a 12-month general clinical experience in the third year and appropriate "selectives" in the fourth year.
  • Detailed studies were conducted of incentives for self-directed learning, evaluation of students, faculty development needs, and resources for teaching.