Basic Medical Science Course Directors in Integrated Medical Curricula

Presented by Cynthia Standley on October 4, 2012 at 12:00 am

In this session we will discuss the creation of an integrated systems block curriculum from the perspective a basic medical scientist. During the first two years of the Phoenix track of the ArizonaMed curriculum, the curriculum is designed in blocks that integrate the traditional basic science disciplines (physiology, anatomy, pathology, etc.) into organ systems and disease units. Clinical content and skills are progressively integrated with basic science subjects. Woven through the blocks are curricular themes covering such topics as behavioral science, ethics and humanism, bioinformatics, population and public health. The following questions will be discussed: 1) What are the challenges for a basic scientist in designing integrated courses? 2) What resources are most helpful? 3) How do you orient a clinician to teaching in the preclinical years? 3) How do you choose your subject matter and prioritize what really needs to be taught? At the end of this session, participants will leave with a bevy of tips to get them started in designing or refining their own curriculum.

Presenter Bios

Cynthia StandleyCynthia A. Standley, Ph.D. received her Doctorate in Physiology from Wayne State University, where she also did her undergraduate training in Biology. She completed her postdoctoral work in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Hutzel Hospital and Wayne State University. Dr. Standley has a wide range of expertise in many disciplines of physiology including neuro-, renal, reproductive, cardiovascular and cellular physiology.

Dr. Standley is currently a Professor in the Department of Basic Medical Sciences at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix (UACOM-Phoenix). She is an accomplished medical educator with more than 18 years experience teaching physiology to both osteopathic and allopathic medical students. She was formerly among the inaugural faculty at Midwestern University’s Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) and also an inaugural faculty member at the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (SOMA) associated with A T. Still University. Her work focuses on constructing and implementing medical school programs that interface basic and clinical sciences, integrating physiology in clinical scenarios with emphasis on student interaction to promote life-long learning.

Dr. Standley organized and chairs the Faculty Development Committee for the College of Medicine-Phoenix and was recently appointed Director of Faculty Development.