Committee Presents New Curriculum During College Hour
Posted August 31, 2017
Dr. Kenita Rogers discusses the new curriculum that was
implemented for the Class of 2021.
A tremendous amount of work has taken place at the College of
Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) to establish
the new curricular framework and prepare for first-year DVM
students this semester, and the Curriculum Review & Planning
team shared the details of that work at College Hour on Friday
morning, Aug. 18.
The team presented the faculty's work and the overarching plan
in moving forward to faculty, staff, and administrators in the
Veterinary & Biomedical Education Complex (VBEC).
The plan includes action items defined from stakeholder
feedback; a broad-based, cutting-edge educational research; and
consultation with experts in the field.
“The dedicated faculty who teach in the DVM program have once
again demonstrated their commitment to excellence,” said Dr. Karen
Cornell, CVM associate dean for professional programs. “They have
worked very hard to update our curriculum so that we can best
prepare our veterinary graduates to meet the rigorous demands and
changing needs of our profession.”
One quote that puts the College Hour presentation into
perspective came from Dr. Kenita Rogers, CVM executive associate
“For the last few days, you all may have seen 142 new first year
veterinary students roaming around. I had the honor yesterday of
facilitating one of those mentor groups. It reminded me what a
privilege it is that we all get to participate collectively in this
entire arc of learning," she said. "Everybody in this room
participates in that learning—everything from critical thinking to
problem solving, delivering foundational knowledge, integration,
“Probably most importantly right now is what we do individually.
Each of us has the opportunity—and I think has the obligation—to
create an environment in the classroom that's really respectful,"
she continued. "I can assure you with the new curriculum, there's
going to be some challenges. It may not be pretty all the time.
Sometimes it's going to be scary, and sometimes it's even going to
"But how we do that, how we work in the face of that, will make
all the difference. We are a team. We should be helping each other.
We should be deciding together how to move forward because in the
end, it's simply not about us. It's about them; it's about the
students. And we must never forget that.”
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