Office of Medical Education

Pamela Carter-Nolan, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Medical Education
(202) 806-6282
(202) 806-5121 Fax
pcarter-nolan@howard.edu
Seeley G. Mudd Building, Room 110
520 W Street, NW,
Washington, DC 20059


Overview

The Howard University College of Medicine Office of Medical Education (OME) works to ensure that the structure, content, and conduct of medical education meet the highest standards while supporting the faculty, students, and administrators to fulfill their educational missions and keep pace with the changing needs of our health care system. We aim to enrich the culture of teaching and learning and to work with the faculty to provide our students with a sound general medical education that will serve as the basis for the graduate education of future providers of our nation’s healthcare.

OME offers a broad range of services to students and faculty, including academic development for students, instructional support for courses and clerkships, faculty development programs, curriculum evaluation and individual consultation. Through the Office of Curriculum, OME provides course and faculty evaluation, and informational technology support for instructional units. OME develops new educational and curricular initiatives in conjunction with the Curriculum Committee and conducts research on the effectiveness of the medical education process.

The influence of the academic environment in support of teaching and learning in medicine becomes clear when realizing that student learning must be self-directed and must develop into a lifelong skill. The learning environment should enable that process of acquiring information, skills, attitudes and values by students. Teaching by the medical faculty should facilitate and optimally enhance student learning.

How well the academic environment supports learning is dependent upon decisions made by administrators, faculty, and staff who are in a position to affect that environment. OME participates in all of those processes that will create and sustain the academic environment. OME provides information and training programs that contribute to the decision-making process, implements (or assists others with implementation) educational decisions, and by evaluates the outcomes of programs emanating from these decisions.

How efficiently medical students acquire information, skills, values and professional attitudes depends upon their prior experiences, abilities, habits, and expectations. OME provides interactive programs through which students may:

  1. acquire or refine skills necessary for learning,
  2. receive tutorial support in areas of content,
  3. obtain academic counseling for academic demands,
  4. assess knowledge and skills as a guide to learning, and
  5. access appropriate resources for learning outside the classroom or laboratory.

The effectiveness with which the academic milieu at the College of Medicine facilitates learning depends on how reliably basic learning principles are followed. To this end, OME should (1) identify significant learning characteristics of HUCM students, (2) assess aspects of the academic environment for teaching and learning, and (3) engage in educational research to assess the impact of the educational process upon the students. In order to conduct such diverse activities, OME relies upon all technical and professional resources within the College of Medicine.

Programs

Services for Students

Services for Faculty

  • Information: Provides information regarding curriculum, resources, services, and programs to improve student academic performance. Such information may be developed from local research programs or identified from current literature as innovations or trends elsewhere.
  • Faculty Resources: On an individual and group basis, organizes and administers curriculum-related resources, services, and workshops for faculty to improve teaching skills.
  • Feedback: Monitors the effectiveness and efficiency of faculty in teaching and in the development of course materials for the undergraduate medical curriculum.

Professional and Student Staff

Provides tools and services for enhancement of teaching and learning. Recruits, employs and supervises students to extend faculty and staff resources.

Computer Software

Advises faculty about academic software, and arranges for the purchase and installation of academic software for student access through the Learning Resources Center.