"The Year 1 and 2 Semester 1 courses will be delivered in the following format:
• Large Group Sessions: These will all be virtual. There will be no in person lectures on campus for the first semester; and potentially not for the entire 2020-21 academic year. Large group sessions will be delivered virtually through either Zoom or the Blackboard Collaborate platform. Learning sessions will focus on consolidation and review of key course content.
• Small Group Learning: All Integrative Small Group Learning (ISGL) and Discipline Specific Small Group (DSSG) sessions will be delivered virtually, facilitated by Schulich faculty using Zoom or Blackboard Collaborate. This will allow flexibility of group scheduling.
• Digital Asynchronous Modules: Faculty are currently developing video lectures and multimedia modules that will be available to students on demand. In each course these modules will help students learn content information aligned with key concepts in the curriculum.
• Anatomy Labs: Anatomy will be taught virtually for all Year 1 Semester 1 learning using a variety of teaching processes. Access to the Anatomy Lab will be restricted to the scheduled sessions only [any in person for anatomy and clinical skills appears to be restricted to Principles II, ie the second years]. • Clinical Skills: The Curriculum Committee has approved integrating essential Clinical Skills learning (formerly PCCM) into Foundations, Principles of Medicine I and II and Transition to Clerkship to better align with course teaching. Clinical Skills will begin to address the AFMC Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) 1,2, 3 5,6.
- Introduction to Interviewing and Advanced Interviewing in Foundations will be delivered virtually. Group sizes will be campus specific. This may change depending on the COVID-19 pandemic and public health guidelines.
-The Program is planning for Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) assessments in the academic year – more information will follow as we learn from the Medical Council of Canada fall examinations.
Assessments: The overall goal of assessment is to both help you learn as well as determine that you are competent enough to progress in the program and reach Program graduating competencies. All assessments require your attention and completion as they are also learning activities. Some are formative (e.g. quizzes, specific assignments), meaning that their goal is to enrich your understanding of the materials while others are summative (e.g. end-of-course exams), meaning they require you to demonstrate a certain level of performance.
- Formative assessments that are quizzes or tests (e.g. multiple choice questions) will be delivered via an online format through Elentra.
- We are determining the best ways of delivering the larger formative tests (e.g. progress tests) and summative end-of-course examinations. We are exploring options for allowing large number of students in one or more rooms for a single test/exam, as well as other online and remote delivery options. At this point in time, it is likely that progress tests and summative end-of-course examinations will be delivered virtually and not in person. More information will be made available as soon as possible.
- Your overall progression in the program will be determined by a holistic review of your attendance, professionalism, participation in program activities, and completion and performance on all assessments.
This course will continue with a:
1. Research Project that begins in Year 1 with student teams identifying a prospective project and faculty supervisor, submitting a brief project plan and completion of the project by fourth year.
2. Quality Improvement project for Year 2 with student teams assigned a faculty advisor. An online QI curriculum supporting QI projects will be delivered in September and November.
3. Service Learning is on hold for Semester 1 (as in other Ontario medical schools)
4. Decisions on the Year 1 mandatory Longitudinal Clinical Experience will be made over the fall term as we better understand opportunities.
Professionalism, Career and Wellness
New sessions using Zoom for small group and interactive large group sessions have been developed. All sessions will be virtual.
Optional Clinical Learning Opportunities (OCLOs)
We continue to support early clinical learning experiences. The School and all Clinical Departments are supportive of students in Year 1, 2 undertaking clinical learning that allows for deeper understanding of course topics and exploring career goals.
There will be a new process to follow to meet the requirements for clinical care in the COVID-19 environment. A revision of the OCLO guideline will be available after the August meeting of the Curriculum Committee.
There have been many questions asked about virtual patient assessments. Clinicians are delivering care for many patients using virtual visits by telephone and video. Students are expected to be within the same location as the supervising faculty. Please review the new Program guideline:" [this is filled with confusing words for incomers, but I'm under the impression that basically we'd only be able to do OCLOs that have virtual patient care, and we would be in the same facility as the supervising physician when that care is given.... so not sure what this means for things like EM or any surgical OCLOs... hopefully this will be clarified as they sort logistics out more]
We're definitely all a bit uneasy about how this was at least revealed, especially after being told that they strongly suggested we live near campus and that there would be some decent amount in person. I think in true Schulich fashion we'll find a way to still foster some good relationships through these shared, shall we say...unpleasant? circumstances. Hopefully they provide more in person things in January, so crossing fingers for that. They did also say that "it is possible that revisions may occur as the COVID-19 pandemic situation continues to develop", but I feel like things are pretty set as outlined above until the end of 2020 (if it ever ends?)
EDIT: also expecting some amazing admissions videos to come out of all this and so many memes when we finally make it through to welcome next year's class