Committee Bylaws

As per the PLFSOM Faculty Bylaws (Article IX, Section C.2) the faculty committee with primary responsibility for the curriculum is the Committee on Curriculum and Educational Policy, commonly referred to as the Curriculum and Educational Policy Committee/CEPC.


Faculty Bylaws Article IX, Section C.2


This committee will report to the Faculty Council. The Curriculum Committee is chaired by the (Senior) Associate Dean for Medical Education. The membership of this committee will be broadly representative of the faculty responsible for and participating in the Doctor of Medicine degree program. Membership will include two College Masters, to include one basic scientist and one clinician, who are each appointed for a four-year term. In addition to the above, membership will include four members from the basic sciences faculty and four members from the clinical sciences faculty are appointed for four year terms on a rotating basis. Candidates for these ‘at-large’ positions are to be recommended by the (Senior) Associate Dean for Medical Education and appointed by the Dean for staggered four-year terms. Terms may be renewed by recommendation of the (Senior) Associate Dean for Medical Education and appointment of the Dean; however, ‘at-large’ members may be appointed for no more than two consecutive terms, after which they are ineligible to serve for four years. Candidates for these positions should demonstrate an ongoing interest in medical education. Ex-officio, non-voting members will include: the Associate Director of the Library, the Director of Information Technology or designee, the Director of Assessment and Evaluation, the Assistant Deans for Medical Education, the Associate Dean for Student Affairs, and the Dean or Dean’s designee, and two student representatives from each of the four classes. The student representatives will be designated by and from the Student Curriculum and Evaluation Committee, the members of which are elected or re-affirmed annually by each class.


The Committee on Curriculum and Educational Policy is charged with planning, coordinating, reviewing, and evaluating the curriculum to ensure that it adheres to the written educational policies, goals, and objectives of the School of Medicine. Further, the Committee shall have full authority to make changes in educational policy or in the organization of the curriculum with the concurrence of the Dean and with comment and input from the Faculty Council. The Faculty of the School of Medicine has the responsibility to define course objectives, create and deliver content to meet those objectives, and modify their activities in response to appropriate feedback from peers and students. The Committee will provide updates on its activities at least twice a year to the Faculty Council. In order to accomplish the mission of the Committee, the Chair may appoint subcommittees that may include members who are not members of the Committee. It shall be the responsibility of the Committee to coordinate the activities and reports of these subcommittees. In addition, the Committee receives reports from the Committee on Evaluation of Educational Programs.