Office of Undergraduate Medical Education (OUME)
Location: S1-151, First Floor, Student Wing
The Office of Undergraduate Medical Education (OUME) is the center for academic life at the School of Medicine, where students meet with faculty and peers, plan activities, develop ideas for curricular enhancement and innovation, and learn about the latest advances in medical education. In essence, the OUME serves as the hub for the numerous spokes that represent UMMS undergraduate medical education, providing comprehensive resources and support to students and faculty for all facets of the educational program, including curriculum-development, faculty development, academic computing and community based education.
The school’s four-year integrated curriculum emphasizes interdisciplinary coordination, early clinical exposure, broadened participation of generalist physician faculty, interprofessional experiences and the use of new learning modalities, including web-based, computer-aided instruction and medical simulation. The curriculum includes the Doctoring and Clinical Skills Course (DCS) in Foundations of Medicine Years 1 and 2, which provides small group, case-based teaching with emphasis on learning the medical interview, preventive medicine, physical diagnosis, problem solving and medical ethics. This course is closely linked with the concurrent basic science curriculum, and the Longitudinal Preceptor Program (LPP) based in community physicians’ offices.
The OUME provides administrative support for DCS, including the LPP and Physical Diagnosis elements as well as a number of other educational programs including the 3rd-year Interstitial curriculum, International Medical Education Program, Global Health Pathway Program, Senior Scholars Program, Summer Research Fellowships, Summer Curriculum Development Program, Flexible Clinical Experiences (FCE) Program, the Capstone course and Optional Enrichment Electives in a wide range of topics including: Adoption and Foster Care; Basic Skills for Working With Smokers, Care of the Seriously Ill; Clinical/Translational Research Pathway (Years 1-4); Complementary and Alternative Medicine; Creative Writing in Medical School; The Bigger Picture: Health Issues Affecting the Community of Worcester; Understanding and Improving Our Health Care System; and Wilderness Medicine and Recreational Emergencies (see http://www.umassmed.edu/oume/student-resources/optional-enrichment-electives-oee/ for full list of offerings). The OUME jointly administers the new SoM Learning Communities initiative with the Office of Student Affairs. This innovative program provides a home for the DCS course, matches faculty mentors to students for longitudinal advising throughout their career at the SOM, promotes peer, social and professional interactions and supports our transitions curricula.
The OUME is conveniently located in the student wing and shares a suite of offices with Student Affairs. Students are encouraged to interact with the OUME staff and to participate in the continuous improvement of the Medical School’s educational programs.