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In the Summer of 2021, the Pritzker EVOLVES curriculum renewal process was launched under the direction of Pritzker's Dean for Medical Education, Vineet M. Arora, MD MAPP and Associate Dean for Medical School Education, Jeanne Farnan, MD MHPE.

Pritzker EVOLVES (Ensuring a Vision of Leading with our Values to Educate Students) began in 2021 with a needs assessment that engaged faculty, staff, students, alumni, and other stakeholders from our community to outline a continuous approach to curricular change that is centered on a collective vision that leads with our values and principles. 

This guiding coalition of stakeholders guided our vision for change, leading to the crafting of new medical education program objectives that will shape the new curriculum.

This website will serve as a way for us to communicate the vision for change and outline what has happened, what is currently happening, and what is yet to come as EVOLVES progresses.

 

EVOLVES Curriculum Change Phases

In this phase of divergent thinking, we engaged a broad stakeholder group including students, staff, faculty and alumni to articulate our broad vision at the Pritzker School of Medicine.

Utilizing the Pritzker EVOVLES Ideation Incubator, participants submitted ideas and content which reflected the strengths of the PSOM graduate and the core principles on which we approach patient care and scholarship.

What are our strengths? Here's what people said….

  • “Clinical reasoning education, and the ability to do meaningful research in medical school” [Faculty]
  • “time dedicated to basic medical sciences, healthcare disparities, and the doctor-patient relationship is essential to our development as physicians and sets Pritzker apart from peer schools” [M4]
  • “dual emphasis on rigorous scientific training and thoughtful engagement with societal topics, the duality of scientific and societal themes” [M2]
  • “social justice initiatives and incorporating advocacy into the work of physicians”[M1/Dual Degree]
  • “scholarship and discovery, clinical reasoning and readiness for clerkships, healthcare disparities focus” [M4]
  • “a focus on education on the healthcare system, science and clinical expertise” [Alumni]

In this phase, two distinct processes occur in order to coalesce behind the vision for change, reviewing the themes and ideas brought forward during the Ideation Phase to begin to empower action.

The first process, utilizing the responses from the Ideation Incubator, is the creation of new Medical Education Program Objectives (MEPOs). The MEPOs will guide the content, placement, sequence, and integration of the new curriculum.

Pritzker Medical Education Program Objectives

The second step in the Creation Phase involves empowering action. With the MEPO in hand as a guide, phase-based and content-based working groups have begun to work together to create the new elements and supporting structures for the new curriculum.

Finally, the Implementation Phase, which will begin in the Autumn of 2023, will involve the implementation of the new PSOM curriculum. In advance of that, pilot testing of curricular innovations from the Creation Phase working groups will be performed, as well as ongoing changes to the existing legacy curriculum.

Creation Phase Executive Committee

Chair: Jason Poston, MD - Assistant Dean, Medical School Education

Adam Eickmeyer, MPH Staff Pritzker School of Medicine
Jenna Ford Jackson, MLA Staff Pritzker School of Medicine
Eddy Markaj Staff Pritzker School of Medicine
Mark Saathoff Staff Pritzker School of Medicine
Emily Sharp-Kellar, JD Staff Pritzker School of Medicine
Stacey Zurek, PhD Staff Pritzker School of Medicine
Dave Beiser, MD Faculty Medicine
Nicole Cipriani, MD Faculty Pathology
Julie Chor, MD Faculty Obstetrics & Gynecology
Dan Golden, MD Faculty Radiation & Cellular Oncology
Tia Kostas, MD Faculty Medicine
Ram Krishnamoorthi, MD Faculty Medicine
Mike Marcangelo, MD Faculty Psychiatry
Scott Mendelson, MD, PhD Faculty Neurology
Rakesh Navuluri, MD Faculty Radiology
Peter O'Donnell, MD Faculty Medicine
Micah Prochaska, MD Faculty Medicine
Glenn Randall, MD Faculty Microbiology
Callum Ross, PhD Faculty Organismal Biology & Anatomy
Darrell Waggoner, MD Faculty Human Genetics
Husain Sattar, MD Faculty Pathology
Scott Stern, MD Faculty Medicine
Joyce Tang, MD Faculty Medicine
Sarah Wallace, MD, MPH Faculty Surgery
Ifeoma Ikedionwu Medical Student Pritzker School of Medicine
Evan Neczypor Medical Student Pritzker School of Medicine
Nikhil Umesh Medical Student Pritzker School of Medicine
Callie Winters Medical Student Pritzker School of Medicine

 

Chair: Jeanne Farnan, MD MHPE - Associate Dean, Medical School Education

Ashley Burton. MEd Staff Pritzker School of Medicine
Latiffany Connelly Staff Medicine
Allison Deneen, MA Staff Pritzker School of Medicine
Adam Eickmeyer, MPH Staff Pritzker School of Medicine
Korry Schwanz, MHA Staff Pritzker School of Medicine
Lolita Alkureishi, MD Faculty Pediatrics
Mim Ari, MD Faculty Medicine
Veronica Cipriani, MD Faculty Neurology
Sarah Faris, MD Faculty Surgery
Dave Hampton, MD Faculty Surgery
Priti Jani, MD Faculty Pediatrics
Nora Jaskowiak, MD Faculty Surgery
Tia Kostas, MD Faculty Medicine
Mike Marcangelo, MD Faculty Psychiatry
Sonia Oyola, MD Faculty Medicine
Amber Pincavage, MD Faculty Medicine
Rita Rossi Folkes, MD Faculty Medicine
Andrea Shogan, MD Faculty Surgery
Carrie Smith, MD Faculty Obstetrics & Gynecology
Rich Silver, MD NorthShore Faculty Obstetrics & Gynecology
Whitney You, MD, MPH NorthShore Faculty Obstetrics & Gynecology
Kim Grahl, MD NorthShore Faculty Medicine
Saara-Anne Azizi Medical Student Pritzker School of Medicine
Zi Choo Medical Student Pritzker School of Medicine
Camron Shirkhodaie Medical Student Pritzker School of Medicine

 

Chair: Jason Poston, MD - Assistant Dean, Medical School Education

Ashley Burton, MEd Staff Pritzker School of Medicine
Allison Deneen, MA Staff Pritzker School of Medicine
Adam Eickmeyer, MPH Staff Pritzker School of Medicine
Jenna Ford Jackson, MLA Staff Pritzker School of Medicine
Tyler Lockman, MS Staff Pritzker School of Medicine
Korry Schwanz, MHA Staff Pritzker School of Medicine
Daniel Aldrich, MD Faculty Medicine
Irsk Anderson, MD Faculty Medicine
Chrissy Babcock, MD Faculty Medicine
Tessa Balach, MD Faculty Surgery
Allison Dalton, MD Faculty Anesthesia & Critical Care
Shannon Martin, MD Faculty Medicine
Nathan Olson, MD Faculty Medicine
Nikki Orlov, MD Faculty Pediatrics
Jay Pinto, MD Faculty Surgery
Russell Reid, MD Faculty Surgery
Kevin Roggin, MD Faculty Surgery
Jim Woodruff, MD Faculty Medicine
Ernie Wang, MD NorthShore Medicine
Devika Jaishankar Medical Student Pritzker School of Medicine
Sarah Vaughen Medical Student Pritzker School of Medicine
Zaina Zayyad Medical Student Pritzker School of Medicine
Hannah Priddy Medical Student Pritzker School of Medicine

 

Chair: Adam Eickmeyer, MPH - Director of Medical School Education

Adriana Black, MAT MPH Staff Pritzker School of Medicine
Sara Roser-Jones, MS Staff Pritzker School of Medicine
Arshiya Baig, MD Faculty Medicine
Vicki Barbosa, MD Faculty Medicine
Marshall Chin, MD, MPH Faculty Medicine
Steven Estime, MD Faculty Anesthesia & Critical Care
Ram Krishnamoorthi, MD  Faculty Medicine
Stacey Lindau, MD, MA Faculty Obstetrics & Gynecology
Milda Saunders, MD, MPH Faculty Pediatrics
Katherine Thompson, MD  Faculty Medicine
James Williams, MA Staff Urban Health Institute
Olivier Joseph Medical Student Pritzker School of Medicine
Michelle Verghese Medical Student Pritzker School of Medicine
Alvin Gordian-Arroyo Medical Student Pritzker School of Medicine

 

Chair: Vineet Arora, MD - Dean for Medical Education

Korry Schwanz, MHA Staff Pritzker School of Medicine
Irsk Anderson, MD Faculty Medicine
Tessa Balach, MD Faculty Surgery
Greg Horner, MA Staff University of Chicago Medicine
Sharon Markman, MHA Staff University of Chicago Medicine
Quincy Moore, MD Faculty Medicine
Julie Oyler, MD Faculty Medicine
Valerie Press, MD, MPH Faculty Medicine
Tipu Puri, MD Faculty Medicine
Julia Simon, MD Faculty Obstetrics & Gynecology
Joyce Tang, MD Faculty Medicine
Joe Krongold Medical Student Pritzker School of Medicine

Chair: Korry Schwanz, MHA - Associate Dean, Medical School Administration

Adam Eickmeyer, MPH Staff Pritzker School of Medicine
Kristin McCann, PhD Staff Pritzker School of Medicine (MSTP)
Michael McGinty Staff Pritzker School of Medicine
Hadiyah Muhammad, MPH Staff Pritzker School of Medicine
Richard Wilson, MA Staff Pritzker School of Medicine
Kelsey Bogue, MA Staff Center for Health and the Social Sciences
Deb Werner, MLIS Staff Library
Marcus Clark, MD Faculty Medicine
Ellen Cohen, MAPP Staff Center for Health and the Social Sciences
Ronald Cohen, MD Faculty Medicine
Jeanne Farnan, MD MHPE Faculty Medicine
Juan Carlos (JC) Rojas, MD Faculty Medicine
Sam Volchenboum, MD Faculty Pediatrics
Rachel Wolfson, MD Faculty Pediatrics
Christine Mozer Medical Student Pritzker School of Medicine
Reem Elorbany Medical Student Pritzker School of Medicine

Chair: Jim Woodruff, MD - Dean of Students

Kate Blythe Staff Pritzker School of Medicine
Adam Eickmeyer, MPH Staff Pritzker School of Medicine
Candi Gard Staff Pritzker School of Medicine
Tyler Lockman, MS Staff Pritzker School of Medicine
Maureen Beederman, MD Faculty Surgery
Brian Callender, MD Faculty Medicine
Rex Haydon, MD Faculty Surgery
Wei Wei Lee, MD MPH Faculty Medicine
Ross Milner, MD Faculty Surgery
Jason Poston, MD Faculty Medicine
Karina Grullon Perez Medical Student Pritzker School of Medicine
Tiffany Toni Medical Student Pritzker School of Medicine
Dru Brenner Medical Student Pritzker School of Medicine
Simi Ogunnowo Medical Student Pritzker School of Medicine
Manizha Kholmatov Medical Student Pritzker School of Medicine

 

Chair: Chelsea Dorsey, MD - Associate Dean, Academic Advising and Advancement

Ashley Burton, MEd Staff Pritzker School of Medicine
Adam Eickmeyer, MPH Staff Pritzker School of Medicine
Korry Schwanz, MHA Staff Pritzker School of Medicine
Michael McGinty Staff Pritzker School of Medicine
Jeanne Farnan, MD MHPE Faculty Medicine
Barrett Fromme, MD Faculty Pediatrics
Jason Poston, MD Faculty Medicine
Grace Duan Medical Student Pritzker School of Medicine
David Fenton Medical Student Pritzker School of Medicine
Steve Server Medical Student Pritzker School of Medicine

 

Chair: Barrett Fromme, MD - Associate Dean, Faculty Development in Medical Education

Allison Deneen, MEd Staff Pritzker School of Medicine
Adam Eickmeyer - MPH Staff Pritzker School of Medicine
Hadiyah Muhammad, MPH Staff Pritzker School of Medicine
Mahira Bonomo, MBA Staff Pritzker School of Medicine (CME)
James Ahn, MD Faculty Medicine
Melissa Hogg, MD NorthShore Faculty Surgery
Paul Kukulski, MD Faculty Medicine
Shannon Martin, MD Faculty Medicine
Nancy Schindler, MD NorthShore Faculty Surgery
Sandy Valaitis, MD Faculty Obstetrics & Gynecology
Kevin Chen Medical Student Pritzker School of Medicine
Leah Thomas Medical Student Pritzker School of Medicine

 

Chair: Jeanne Farnan, MD MHPE - Associate Dean, Medical School Education

Ashley Burton, MEd Staff Pritzker School of Medicine
Adam Eickmeyer, MPH Staff Pritzker School of Medicine
Mike McGinty Staff Pritzker School of Medicine
Korry Schwanz, MHA Staff Pritzker School of Medicine
Stacey Zurek, PhD Staff Pritzker School of Medicine
Allison Deneen Staff Pritzker School of Medicine
Edward Markaj Staff Pritzker School of Medicine
Amber Pincavage, MD Faculty Medicine
Jason Poston, MD Faculty Medicine

 

EVOLVES Updates

The new curriculum will be implemented starting with the M1 class matriculating in the fall of 2023 (Academic Year 23-24). Other students who matriculated before that time will continue to participate in the legacy curriculum until their graduation. 

Please feel free to email ideas/thoughts to the working group chairs. If you are a student, you can also reach out to the student representative(s) on the respective working group(s).