The Office of Curriculum and Educational Development (OCED), a division of the Department of Academic Affairs, is a central resource for educational activities at Weill Cornell Medical College. The main mission of OCED is to work with faculty to ensure that the curriculum continually evolves to meet the learning needs of students who, as physicians, will be leaders in clinical practice, biomedical research, healthcare administration, and medical education.
OCED is directed by the Associate Dean of Curricular Affairs, assisted by an Associate Director and an Administrative Manager, who all have offices in the Weill Education Center. Within OCED, basic science and clinical courses are supported by curriculum coordinators and several staff secretaries. A classroom technician sets up classrooms for the daily sessions and troubleshoots any technical difficulties. A liaison office coordinator and assistant coordinate videoconferences and curricular materials used by WCMC-Qatar. A full-time evaluation coordinator is responsible for implementing online surveys for all required basic science units/segments, clerkships, and student surveys, compiling the data, and preparing reports for course leadership and small group instructors. A clerkship coordinator works with clerkship directors to identify and assess curricular needs and monitors and reports needs for internal and LCME accreditation purposes. In all activities, OCED seeks to foster an educational partnership between students and faculty.
Curriculum Implementation, Course Administration, and Curriculum Evaluation
OCED serves as a resource to enhance the smooth administration of courses, working collaboratively with segment and unit directors and library professionals. Our staff assist in the recruitment of teaching faculty, assignment and scheduling of course activities, distribution of course materials to faculty and students both on course websites and in hard copy version, access of faculty and students to electronic and print-based course materials, administration of exams, and maintenance of a database on student assessment (e.g., quiz grades, small group assessment forms, course grades). Staff also assist in coordinating student transportation to clinical sites and fieldtrip locations.
OCED supports the faculty and staff in Qatar, ensuring that they are able to deliver our curriculum effectively by providing all the curricular materials for each course, including recorded lectures. In addition, we assist in recruiting selected New York faculty to participate in videoconferenced sessions to provide live interaction with the students in Qatar.
OCED staff members provide support to the major curriculum committees, including Area of Concentration (AOC) and other course design groups of the medical college.
OCED plays a major role is assisting students and faculty in evaluating the curriculum. OCED staff help faculty segment and unit leaders design survey questions to evaluate courses and clerkships.
OCED staff have played a major role in curricular mapping design and development. OCED's basic science and clinical curriculum offices coordinate data collection for an online searchable curricular map (Learning Repository) that documents the principal topics and learning objectives at a session-based level for all required basic science and clinical teaching sessions. OCED staff have prepared detailed inventories of curricular topics across courses in specific disciplines (e.g., nutrition, pharmacology, microbiology).
OCED staff have also worked with faculty and students in new curricular design and assessment initiatives. For instance, staff have directed and/or advised student-led initiatives to assess lecture quality and improve the pedagogy and methods of student assessment in PBL.
The Associate Director also provides academic counseling to students, with a focus on study skills, test-taking strategies, and, when indicated, arrangement for tutoring in specialized subjects.
OCED interfaces closely with event services and web-based services to facilitate education center activities, including presentations involving audiovisual modalities, Education Center computers, and printers.