Committees

The following groups are committees of Penn State College of Medicine’s Faculty Organization.

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Committee on Undergraduate Medical Education (CUMED)

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The Committee on Undergraduate Medical Education (CUMED) is delegated authority by the Faculty Organization for all matters that pertain to the undergraduate medical education program for the students of the College of Medicine.

This committee will include the expertise described by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) for a curriculum committee and will be responsible for the overall design, management, integration, evaluation, and enhancement of a coherent and coordinated medical education program.

Actions must be in accordance with the rules and guidelines of the LCME and are subject to revision and orders of the Dean of the College of Medicine. The functions of CUMED include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Define the objectives and competencies of the medical education program and ensure that the central curriculum and parallel tracks enable the students to achieve these competencies. 

  • Review and establish curricular policies in collaboration with the Dean following input from appropriate sources. 

  • Ensure horizontal and vertical integration of the curriculum. 

  • Act as the legislative arm of the Faculty Organization for undergraduate medical education by reviewing and approving course and program proposals. 

  • Ensure that there is a centralized system that employs a variety of measures including direct observation for the assessment of student achievement (including acquisition of the knowledge, core clinical skills such as medical history-taking and physical examination, behaviors, and attitudes specified in the medical education program objectives and competencies), and that provides appropriate and timely feedback to the students. 

  • Ensure adequate preparation, oversight, and monitoring of teaching quality for all faculty and other health professionals involved in the curriculum. 

  • Ensure comparability of educational opportunities and support services, and a safe learning environment, at all Penn State College of Medicine (PSCOM) campuses and affiliated sites. 

  • Receive reports from the Curriculum Evaluation Subcommittee (CESC) and ensure appropriate corrective actions are made regarding deficiencies. 

  • Create ad hoc or standing subcommittees to address specific issues of the curriculum; subcommittee members do not need to be on CUMED and will be recruited for their expertise or interest. 

  • Invite, as needed, individuals representing the following areas to provide consultation to the committee: Academic Progress Committee (APC), MD/PhD program, joint-degree programs, Physician Assistant Program, Office of Medical Student Research, hospital or medical group, Alumni Association, and anyone else whose input will assist the committee. 

  • Make recommendations to the appropriate offices or individuals regarding initiatives that will enhance the undergraduate educational experience for students and faculty. 

  • Ensure bi-directional communication with directors of courses, clerkships, electives, and discovery and residency preparation courses. 

  • Present updates to the Faculty Organization on a regular basis (at least quarterly).
  • Present updates to the Dean of the College of Medicine on a regular basis (at least quarterly).

Date of Approval of this Description by the Faculty Organization

  • Initial: May 4, 2016
  • Amended: Sept. 21, 2017
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See detailed CUMED information here (password required).

Information includes:

  • Meeting minutes
  • Subcommittee membership lists
  • Curriculum Evaluation Subcommittee reports

Medical Student Admission Committee

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The Medical Student Admission Committee carries out the faculty responsibility to evaluate and select students in accordance with the educational mission and goals of Penn State College of Medicine.

The selection of students is based on their potential for academic success, outstanding personal qualities, potential for professional growth, contribution to the broad diversity of the student body and to the College of Medicine, potential for serving special/under-represented needs in health care, and capacity for developing into competent, dedicated, and caring physicians.

The Admission Committee has final authority in the selection of students for the College of Medicine. The selection of students is not influenced by any political or financial factors.

Date of Approval of this Description by the Faculty Organization

  • Initial: Feb. 1, 2017
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Medical Student Academic Progress Committee

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The purview of the Medical Student Academic Progress Committee is to approve the promotion of students in the doctor of medicine program as defined by the competency domains of Penn State College of Medicine.

It is the job of the APC to make promotion determinations for all students, and develop and enforce individualized plans for those students with deficiencies in some aspect of the medical education program competencies.

In addition, the APC will make recommendations to the Dean of the College of Medicine with respect to those students who the APC determines should be dismissed from the medical education program for academic reasons.

Date of Approval of this Description by the Faculty Organization

  • Initial: June 7, 2017
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Library Advisory Committee

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The Library Advisory Committee (LAC) serves in an advisory role to the Harrell Health Sciences Library Director, who acts as the Chair of the committee.

The committee provides a communication venue for the library and each of the represented departments. It helps the library keep the various departments informed about current initiatives, changes, services (both new services being initiated and existing services that may no longer have value), budget issues and their impact, etc.; provides a forum for departments to communicate concerns that faculty may have about collections and services; and provides a means to identify issues/problems, make recommendations for needed resources and services, and identify opportunities for collaboration, etc.

Members are asked to bring information back to their respective departments and to bring ideas, concerns, and questions to the committee.

The committee meets on a quarterly basis; additional meetings can be called by the Chair on an as-needed basis.

Date of Approval of this Description by the Faculty Organization

  • Initial: Nov. 3, 2010
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College of Medicine Promotion and Tenure Committee

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Penn State Policy AC-23 Promotion and Tenure Procedures and Regulations requires the College of Medicine level of review.

This Committee reviews and makes recommendation on tenure track promotion and tenure reviews at the College of Medicine, as well as immediate tenure requests.

The review and recommendation made by the Committee are based upon the criteria set forth in the respective Department’s Promotion and Tenure Policy, as well as the College of Medicine Promotion and Tenure: Statement of the Dean of the College of Medicine, as well as appropriate Penn State Policy.

Date of Approval of this Description by the Faculty Organization

  • Initial: May 4, 2011
  • Amended: April 4, 2012
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College of Medicine Fixed-Term Promotion Committee

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This committee reviews and makes recommendations on Fixed-Term Faculty promotions at the College of Medicine. The criteria for promotion are set forth in the respective Departmental Promotion and Tenure policies; the College of Medicine Promotion and Tenure: Statement of the Dean of the College of Medicine; AC21, AC23, and any other appropriate Penn State Policies and Guidelines.

Date of Approval of this Description by the Faculty Organization

  • Initial: May 3, 2017
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Physician Assistant Master's Program Education Committee (PAMPEC)

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The Physician Assistant Master’s Program Education Committee (PAMPEC) has the following functions:

  • Act as the legislative arm of the Faculty Organization for the graduate physician assistant program by moving course and program proposals for approval.
  • Ensure that the objectives of the pre-clinical and clinical curriculum achieve the physician assistant goals and objectives as approved by the Faculty Organization.
  • Ensure longitudinal integration between the pre-clinical and clinical components of the curriculum.
  • Develop courses and curricular documents for the pre-clinical and clinical portions of the graduate physician assistant program.
  • Receive reports from the Physician Assistant Curriculum Evaluation Committee (PACEC) and direct any curricular deficiencies detected to the appropriate program personnel to investigate their nature, develop and implement a plan of action, and provide documentation back to Physician Assistant Graduate Education (PAGE) Committee that corrective action was implemented and the results of that implementation. For matters of curriculum adjustment and redesign, a written report will be filed to the Vice Dean of Educational Affairs. Program changes that are performed as a result of this data collection and analysis will also be supplied to the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) compliance committee since this is a mandatory tracking requirement.
  • Make recommendations to the Faculty Organization regarding programs that will enhance the educational experience for students and faculty.
  • Ensure appropriate consultation and orientation with Clinical Preceptors for students in the pre-clinical and clinical portions of the PA Program. A process will be in place in order to ensure that there are adequate clinical placements for the physician assistant graduate students. This process will address both the number and types of placements that are available so that student clinical encounters can meet the ARC-PA and program mandates.
  • Report to the Faculty Organization at least once per year or as asked to do so.
  • Provide information and make recommendations to the Academic Team as appropriate.
  • Assess the compliance of PA Program policies and policies with the College of Medicine and the ARC-PA standards and make recommendations as to how to improve areas in which the PA Program cannot guarantee total compliance with each intended standard. Develop an implementation plan for these suggestions and then monitor for the effects of these implemented changes. Develop a mandatory reporting system for submitting required program information to the ARC-PA in order to meet all of the ARC-PA requirements.
  • Provide a mechanism by which student grievances and appeals are formally reviewed and resolved by the appropriate continuing committees. Establish due process for these grievances and appeals along with a mechanism by which these decisions can be reviewed by senior level administration in the cases where students are dissatisfied with the decisions that were made by the program and its committees.
  • Establish formal processes in which the curriculum and student outcomes are reviewed and analyzed. Develop procedures for identification of areas needing improvement; develop mechanisms for making program and curricular improvements, implementing change, and assessing the results of the changes that were implemented.
  • Under the direction of the medical director, form an advisory board (Penn State College of Medicine Physician Advisory Board) which will primarily play an advisory role in development of appropriate curriculum and clinical sites to ensure that students are provided with clinical experiences which will meet the Standards for breadth and depth of patient experiences and also fulfill the criteria for types of clinical training sites (in-patient, out-patient, emergency rooms, and operating rooms). The board meets quarterly and offers advice on curriculum and program development.

Date of Approval of this Description by the Faculty Organization

  • Initial: Oct. 1, 2014
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