The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed the Curriculum Re-Design Team to get creative in new ways to move their agenda forward with no delays. The team has been re-assessing how to evolve the use of technology and other resources, having frequent online meetings and working on small group assignments to accomplish their short-term goals, while always looking at the larger picture, the new CVM curriculum. Having to adjust and adapt to the current landscape has emphasized the need for delivering a competency-based veterinary curriculum that produces graduates that meet and exceed current and future professional and societal needs.
The Curriculum Re-Design team has been steadfastly working on reviewing the CVM curriculum, carefully revising AAVMC competency-based veterinary education (CBVE) documents, surveying and analyzing data from stakeholders, meeting with experts in curriculum design and pedagogy, and discussing plans with those who have gone through a similar process, to design an ongoing curriculum that prepares highly qualified, day one, career-ready veterinarians.
Ramiro Toribio, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM, a tenure track professor of Equine Internal Medicine, has responsibilities in research, clinical service, teaching, mentoring and administration. He is one of the representatives from the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences on the Curriculum Re-Design Team.
“COVID-19 has sped up some processes that we were already planning, like online courses and meetings. We have implemented online educational modalities, some of which, in the long term will be positive because it will release faculty and student time to dedicate to other activities. In some areas, we have realized we can be more efficient through online meetings, often with better participation,” said Toribio.
Toribio says that something positive to come out of this pandemic is the enlightenment it has brought forward for veterinary education, more specifically, the team’s current and future responsibilities for influencing the prospects of the graduates through a well-designed curriculum.
Toribio emphasizes that this new curriculum will be a major paradigm shift in veterinary education at OSU that involves all faculty, staff, administrators, and stakeholders (alumni, employers, students, clients). He says the ultimate goal is to have a product that will make everyone proud.
“We feel confident that it will have a positive impact on the future of our graduates, but also on the faculty and profession,” said Toribio.
Ryan Jennings, DVM, PhD, DACVP, is an assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences. His clinical work focuses on diagnostic pathology with an interest in dermatopathology. Jennings currently teaches pre-clinical veterinary immunology and systems pathology, as well as clinical veterinary students and pathology residency training. He was asked by his department head to represent VBS faculty on the Curriculum Re-Design Team and has enjoyed participating in the process to date.
“At OSU, we aim to not only produce exceptional veterinary practitioners, but also leading public health scientists, front-line disease investigators and infectious disease researchers, among others. These aspects of the veterinary profession are fundamental aspects of veterinary education, perhaps even more so in the future,” said Jennings.
New challenges call for new approaches and strategies. Jennings acknowledges that the exceptional College faculty and staff, which includes leaders in research and public health, are the most valuable resource they have for innovating in these areas of training.
“With the impact this pandemic is having on veterinarians themselves, it underscores how we need to train our students to be well-rounded and have the adaptability that will allow them to thrive in any situation or circumstances. It also highlights new skills that we could be teaching our students,” said Jennings.
The Curriculum Redesign Team
VCS: Julie Byron, Andy Niehaus, Ramiro Toribio
VBS: Ryan Jennings, John Mark Reddish
VPM: Greg Habing, Jeannette O’Quin
Office of Professional Programs: Emma Read, Jenn Gonya, Matt Miller, Jay Hsiao, Ashley Wasserman
Consultant: Maria Macik – Texas A&M University