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University of Miami awarded Howard Hughes Medical Institute experiment grant
Date:2/28/2011

CORAL GABLES, FL (February 28, 2011) The University of Miami's College of Arts and Sciences and Miller School of Medicine were recently awarded a Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant to design and assess an innovative competency-based premedical curriculum in response to the 2009 American Association of Medical CollegesHoward Hughes Medical Institute "Scientific Foundations for Future Physicians (SFFP)" report. The grant will be in collaboration with Purdue University, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and University of Maryland at College Park.

UM College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and Miller School of Medicine faculty will partner to create case studies that use clinical cases to teach basic science concepts covered by the eight competencies in the SFFP report which integrate biological concepts with underlying principles of chemistry and physics, as well as with their medical practices and biomedical research.

In small groups, students will work through patient scenarios using a question based guide created by faculty to help better understand the basic sciences behind diagnoses and treatment decisions and to foster critical thinking. The new curriculum will provide future physicians with knowledge and skills that will enable them to apply what they learn as undergraduates.

"What makes this grant exciting and at the same time challenging is the intramural collaboration between the Miller School and the College of Arts and Sciences and the extramural collaboration among four research intensive universities to transform the pre-medical curriculum," said Michael Gaines, CAS professor of biology and principal investigator. "It's a real meeting of the minds of faculty from different disciplines and institutions committed to undergraduate curricula innovation."

"We look forward to collaborating with faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences in crafting new case-based modules that will allow students to learn c
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Contact: Elizabeth Amore
eamore@miami.edu
305-284-5500
University of Miami
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