1.2. Design curriculum and training programs to meet current and future societal needs
Identifying the needs and interests of our students and of the society we serve is critical to the development and continuous improvement the professional DVM curriculum. Our veterinary graduates and veterinary scientist trainees (MS/PhD students) must not only be well qualified, but in-tune with societal demands and changing priorities, in order to advance the profession and lead in the discovery of new knowledge and its practical application to animal, human or environmental health.
a. Identify needs and interests of students and society and develop educational programs to meet those needs.
b. Develop future academic leaders in veterinary medicine.(See Strategy 3.2)
- Create alternative (shorter) educational paths for students interested in pursuing academic careers.
- Identify resources to fund high-quality graduate students.
- Establish a pre-faculty mentoring program.
- Develop advanced training (clinical and research fellowship) opportunities.
- Increase the number of training grants.
- Provide support for transition between graduate clinical training and graduate research training.
c. Prepare veterinarians who are trained to address the requirements of their profession, as well as broad societal needs.
- Define the clinical end product that meets the needs of society.
- Ensure that students are prepared for entry-level clinical practice, primary care work, and business management required in veterinary practice.
- Encourage students to apply for relevant awards to enhance their ability to practice in rural areas.
d. Ensure that all educational programs offer interdisciplinary experiences.
e. Provide career development support and training for all.
- Incorporate leadership training into all educational programs.
- Develop mechanisms to track success of graduates.
h. Regularly evaluate and improve curriculum to ensure that it produces the desired results.
- Students Addressing Societal Needs The Mercer Vet Clinic for the Pets of the Homeless opened their new facility in Sacramento recently; now known as the "Tom Kendall Teaching Clinic." This volunteer clinic, started in 1992 by our students, addresses a critical societal need, provides students a real world learning experience and honors a long-time colleague for his commitment to both the clinic and teaching students.
- Supporting Future Academic Leaders
The Center for Companion Animal Health has provided donor funded resident grant support for more than 50 projects since 2010. This past year, 13 grants totaling $50,000 were funded on topics such as nutrition, oncology, imaging, pharmacokinetics and more. Learning best practices in clinical research is a critical part of training these future academic leaders.
- Refining the DVM Curriculum - The faculty teaching satisfaction survey conducted last February gathered faculty input critical to the on-going design and refinement of the curriculum. Using the survey information, five "Hosted Faculty Discussions" have been conducted so far to establish priorities, address the 20 Contact Hour limit guiding principle, and explore how entry level veterinary training should be determined. Future topics include: student use of out-of-class time, and faculty workload issues and time management. These discussions will continue into the Fall and are providing valuable feedback for further refinement efforts.
- Veterinary Students Explore Research - Forty-three students prepared and presented posters on their Students Training in Advanced Research (STAR) research projects at the STARS IN SCIENCE event. The STAR program provides funding opportunities on a competitive basis to veterinary students to experience veterinary and biomedical research in an established laboratory during the summer months. Projects covered a wide range of topics including Equine West Nile Virus, Feline Coronavirus, Feline Herpesvirus Infection, African Swine Fever, Raccoon Polyomavirus, and much more. Congratulations to all of the students and their faculty mentors.
- Essential Investments in Veterinary Scientific Training (Download pdf)
- Vet Med Teaching and Research Center (Download pdf)
- January Update (pdf)
- December Update (pdf)
- November Update (pdf)
- Progress Report - June 2013 - Curriculum Design to Meet Societal Needs
- Research and Education in Advanced Clinical Health (REACH) - Educate World Leaders in Vet Med (download pdf)
In support of our goal to train veterinary academic leaders (1.2.), we have launched the REACH program. This program provides 1 year of stipend support for veterinarians who have recently completed their 2 or 3-year clinical residency and are interested in pursuing a PhD or post-doctoral training in translational research.
- Curriculum Design/Graduate Education Programs (1.2.) Download pdf
- Summary of new IPB course (Download pdf)
- Admissions Update Download pdf
- Case-Building and Facilitation Workshops (PBL) (July-August 2012) (Download PDF)
- Regional Teaching Academy (June 2012) (Download PDF)