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Step 2: Mapping the Curriculum (CBVE Alignment)

Under the leadership of the Associate Dean of Professional Programs, the Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL) began working with course team leaders (and their respective teams) on the next step of the curriculum mapping process in October 2018, which involves aligning the existing DVM curriculum (both core and elective courses) with the Competency-Based Veterinary Education (CBVE) framework.

CBVE was unveiled at the 2018 conference of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC); it represents three years of intensive work and lays the framework for schools to develop a learner-centered (vs. faculty-centered), competency-based curriculum.  

The framework encompasses 9 Domains of Competence with corresponding competencies. These include:

  1. Clinical Reasoning and Decision-making
  2. Individual Animal Care and Management
  3. Animal Population Care and Management
  4. Public Health
  5. Communication
  6. Collaboration
  7. Professionalism and Professional Identity
  8. Financial and Practice Management
  9. Scholarship

(For more information, see our blog entry on the CBVE framework announcement)

To facilitate the process, OTL developed an Excel spreadsheet that helps with the organization by automating and validating data entry; in addition, OTL outlined a multi-phase workflow to guide course team leaders to progressively complete this project:

  • Phase 1: Broad outline of CBVE alignment
    1. Team Leader: Evaluate course outcomes according to suggested best practices and revise if necessary.
    2. Teaching and Learning: Preliminarily map course outcomes to CBVE.
    3. Team Leader + Teaching and Learning: Meet to confirm preliminary CBVE mapping.
  • Phase 2: Amount of time and effort devoted per CBVE Illustrative Sub-competency and Domain
    1. Teaching Team: Evaluate lecture / contact hour outcomes and revise if 1) available and 2) necessary.
    2. Teaching Team: Map each lecture / contact hour outcome to a course outcome.