Committees and Subcommittees

Admissions Committee

The Admissions Committee will be responsible for considering and selecting applicants for admission to the MD program at the CoM – Phoenix. Its decisions regarding such selections will be final and not subject to administrative or other review within CoM – Phoenix.

Appointment, Promotion and Tenure Committee

This committee will review and advise the dean regarding each proposed faculty appointment, promotion and/or tenure above the level of assistant professor.

Assessment and evaluation Subcommittee

This subcommittee assists all blocks, courses, themes, clerkships and electives units with student and faculty assessment and course evaluation, including assistance developing the appropriate methods and tools, accessing necessary reports and aiding in review of the entire curriculum and its attainment of curricular goals and objectives. The Evaluation and Assessment Specialist chairs this subcommittee.

Block/Course/Theme Directors Subcommittee

This subcommittee oversees the design, operations and outcomes of the Year 1 and Year 2 curriculum. Members are drawn from the following: Block and Co-Block Directors, Course and Theme Directors, lead administrative personnel, and support personnel including those from Office of Learning Resources, Evaluation and Assessment and Managers of the Clerkships and Electives. The chair is appointed by the members of the Subcommittee.

Case-based instruction Subcommittee

This subcommittee oversees the design, operations and outcomes of the Case-Based Instruction curriculum in Years 1 and 2. Membership on this committee is by appointment and based on having a wide representation of specialties of practice, including representation of basic medical sciences. Support personnel include coordinators of the pre-clerkship program. This Subcommittee works closely with the BCTS. The chair of this subcommittee is appointed.

Clinical Curriculum Subcommittee

This subcommittee oversees the design, operations and outcomes of the Year 3 and Year 4 curriculum. Members are drawn from the following: Clerkship Directors; Transitions and Intersessions Course Directors, Electives Director, Basic Science Faculty Members, lead administrative personnel and support personnel including those from Evaluation and Assessment and the Office of Learning Resources. The Chair is elected by the members of the Subcommittee.

Council of Chairs

The council will be responsible for representing the interests of each department to the dean, ensuring adherence to the policies and procedures of the college, aligning goals of each department to the mission of the college and providing input into the strategic plan of the college. The council will be advisory to the Dean.

Curriculum Committee

The Curriculum Committee will work with the chief academic officer or designee to advance educational goals, to review all components of the curriculum, and to make recommendations regarding curricular policies to the Educational Policy Committee.Several subcommittees are tasked with specific functions and each subcommittee reports to the Curriculum Committee:

Educational Program Policy Committee

The Educational Program Policy Committee will 1) establish the policies necessary to meet accreditation requirements, including policies regarding assessment of student performance and criteria and its achievement of the program’s objectives and 2) assure decisions related to the academic program are in alignment with COM-P policies and LCME accreditation standards.

Electives Subcommittee

This subcommittee oversees the design, operations and outcomes of the Elective Courses. Membership is drawn from the following: educators and leaders from community sites at which students may rotate and support personnel including the coordinators of the electives program. The subcommittee works closely with the CCS and is chaired by the Electives Director.

Exam Review Team Subcommittee

This committee reviews the performance of old exam questions and proofs new questions to be included on all student preclerkship exams. This committee ensures that all questions are written to follow USMLE style formatting. Membership on this committee includes all Block Directors and Co-Block Directors. Each exam is assigned to be reviewed by the Block and co-Block Director it will be administered in. The director of the block preceding the current one being reviewed will also review questions from the block following theirs. This subcommittee works closely with the BCTS.

Honor Code Committee

The Honor Code Committee will investigate and make recommendations regarding alleged violations of the Code of Scholastic Conduct (Code) to the Student Progress Committee. The Committee will also conduct a periodic review of the Code and make recommendations to change the Code to the Student Progress Committee for consideration and implementation.

Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee shall call for nominations for committee membership from the faculty at-large in the spring at least one month prior to the annual spring faculty meeting and will prepare the recommended slate for the members of committees to be presented at the annual spring meeting. Nominations may also be taken from the floor during the annual spring meeting.

Research Senate Committee

The Research Senate Committee will be responsible to review research projects and plans and make recommendations to the Dean in order to:

  • Support initiatives to increase basic, translational and clinical research.
  • Support plans that increase the general community awareness for the research programs.
  • Implement program changes and activities for improving the effectiveness of research programs.
  • Support the educational, public relations, marketing and fundraising opportunities for research.
  • Support the analysis and assessment of basic and clinical research proposals submitted by third parties for the college’s consideration.

Student Appeals Committee

The Student Appeals Committee will consider appeals of final decisions of the Student Progress Committee. Decisions of this Committee are binding and cannot be appealed further within the college.

Student Progress Committee

The Student Progress Committee will have jurisdiction to consider all cases of unsatisfactory academic or non-academic performance, including discipline; recommendations by the Honor Code Committee that disciplinary action be taken against a student following a finding that a student has violated the Honor Code; and other matters affecting a student’s progress in the CoM – Phoenix. The Committee will have broad discretion to address issues related to a student’s academic progress and disciplinary matters, and to formulate plans for progression and discipline in a manner consistent with CoM – Phoenix policy. The Committee will also certify that students have met the criteria for promotion to the next academic level and have met the criteria for graduation and receipt of the MD degree. The Committee will serve as the appeals committee when a student seeks review of a decision by the Associate Dean for Student Affairs or the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs regarding the student’s qualification for automatic dismissal and for grade appeals.

See the college bylaws (PDF) for more information about committees.