Curriculum Renewal
About the New Directions Task Force

The New Directions Task Force (NDTF) was charged by the Dean of the College of Medicine to propose changes and innovations for the medical school curriculum at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Recommendations will be submitted to the Curriculum Committee for review and final approval.

NDTF members include selected department chairs, basic science and clinical faculty, clerkship and residency program directors, and students.

"The Task Force considered learning and teaching from the perspective of today's student, the future of health care, our patients and our institutional and community strengths."

The Task Force envisions a curriculum that enables our students to become "fearless learners," develop empathic and sophisticated listening skills, effect changes in medicine, and adapt and incorporate technology into life-long learning skills. The supportive learning environment for the fearless learner will begin at recruiting, continue at orientation and throughout medical school.

The Task Force considered learning and teaching from the perspective of today's student, the future of health care, our patients and our institutional and community strengths. Other considerations include the impact of the new Medical College Admission Test, pre-medical school preparation, development of student leadership skills and the need to understand the business of medicine.

The Fearless Learner curriculum calls for basic science and clinical faculty to work as a team to develop new courses and to implement, teach and assess them.

The new curriculum promises to be efficient and effective, and also will be developed in a way that enables individual students to learn at a pace that enables appropriate reflection and skills development.

Ann Botash, MD, Associate Dean of Curriculum

Ann Botash, MD
Associate Dean for Education

Welcome to the New Directions Task Force site about our efforts for curriculum renewal. Members of the task force developed a vision for our students as Fearless Learners™. Driving our new curriculum proposal is our understanding that learning is not just about studying what is known, but also about curiosity,discovering new ideas and challenging ourselves to do better.

To submit suggestions for review by the NDTF for curriculum redesign, please send me an email. Thank you for your interest in our efforts!