Faculty Development Day

"Curriculum Innovation:
Learning the Steps for Successful Institutional Transformation"

Was Held: Thursday, September 22, 2011
Noon - 4:00 p.m.
101 White Hall, Gandhi Auditorium

Faculty Development Day will begin with a luncheon at 12:00 p.m., which includes the annual Faculty Awards and a presentation, “Institutional, Curricular and Instructional Transformation,” by Drs. Roman, Fernandes, and Rich. This is followed by a workshop in the afternoon.

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Brenda Roman   Brenda Roman, M.D., Professor, Director of Medical Student Education, Psychiatry
Fernandes   Ashley Fernandes, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Community Health and Pediatrics
Rich   Mark Rich, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Neuroscience, Cell Biology, and Physiology

12:00 – 12:30: Faculty Awards

Presentation of the 2011 Faculty Awards to recognize teaching excellence over the past academic year:

  • Excellence in Medical Education award: Gregory Toussaint, M.D.
  • Faculty Development award: Ashley Fernandes, M.D., Ph.D., and Sharon Sherlock, Ph.D.
  • Faculty Mentor award: Patricia Hudes, and Arthur Pickoff--Clinical Science Faculty; Ira Michael Leffak--Basic Science Faculty
  • Voluntary Faculty award:  The Physicians of the East Dayton Health Center, Daniel Hood, M.D.,
    Rhoda Mahran, M.A., Alonzo Patterson, III, M.D., and Susan Williams, M.D.


12:30 – 2:00 p.m.: Presentation

Institutional, Curricular and Instructional Transformation

Impending and significant change is occurring in medicine, both on a “macro” (systems) and “micro” (practice) level. The rapidity and scale of these changes warrant immediate attention to how we educate our students--curricular change is a continuous process which must always be innovative, transformative, and “ahead of the game.”  Therefore, the Faculty Curriculum Committee approved the formation of the WrightCurriculum Task Force, a select group of faculty members charged with recommending changes to the existing curriculum and proposing models for a curriculum for the future, based on the science of learning and best evidence medical education. But the process of curricular transformation also necessitates changes at both the institutional and instructional design levels. In this presentation, we hope to show the important dynamics between institutional, curricular, and instructional change, while outlining the current work of the Task Force to illustrate these relationships.

During the luncheon presentation, Drs. Roman, Fernandes, and Rich will discuss the following topics:

Institutional and Curricular Transformation: Learning the Steps
Presentation of the institutional and curricular transformation process, following John Kotter’s "Eight Steps to Transforming Your Organization." In addition, the WrightCurriculum Task Force’s progress-to-date will be outlined, showcasing a new curriculum model.

Instructional Transformation: Looking Forward with “Backward Design”
A brief overview of “Backward Design,” to aid participants in the creation of new instructional activities and an introduction to the “Integrative case” concept—a model which brings together medical students for an in-depth, interdisciplinary analysis of a health topic.

Participants will be able to:

  • List John Kotter’s eight steps in transforming organizational culture and identify how this process is related to the WrightCurriculum Task Force’s on-going work in curricular transformation
  • Describe the proposed Task Force curricular model and its rationale
  • Describe the basic principles of "backward" instructional design
  • List the components of an integrative case

2:10 – 4:00 p.m.: Workshop

Creating an Integrative Case

Participants in the workshop will have the opportunity, in groups, to design an “integrative case” for medical students which will focus on teaching, learning, and assessing knowledge of a single health problem from a variety of complementary, interdisciplinary angles.

Participants will be able to:

  • Develop an integrative case, identifying learning topics, assessments and teaching/learning activities



Wright State University
Boonshoft School of Medicine
Gandhi Auditorium
101 White Hall
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy.
Dayton, Ohio

Parking & Directions


White Hall


Office of Academic Affairs
Faculty Development
290 White Hall
Phone: (937) 775-3392

E-Mail: BSOM_FacDev@wright.edu

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Patricia Hudes, imagePatricia Hudes, MSIT
Director, Faculty Development
Academic Affairs


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