The Office of Curriculum Support (OCS) serves as the primary curriculum resource for the foundational sciences courses, the clinical courses/clerkships, and the areas of concentration curriculum in the medical education program.
OCS staff members work collaboratively with the curriculum deans, course/clerkship directors, unit leaders, library, ITS and other staff, to provide students with all of the necessary support and resources needed to succeed. This includes liaison with the Office of Curriculum and Educational Development at Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM), Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), and other affiliated healthcare sites in Qatar to plan and deliver the curriculum.
In addition to the provision of course/clerkship schedules, syllabi, hand-outs, manuals, textbooks and medical equipment etc., OCS is also responsible for administering all exams and quizzes, collating student assessment data, exam/quiz results and preparation of final grade forms. OCS also assists in planning for and preparing students for their clinical work at HMC by arranging IDs, access to the hospital medical records system, and providing scrubs; providing information relating to all off-site activities, such as public health field trips and office preceptor sessions; arranging transportation and other logistical aspects (e.g. audio-visual services) for live video-conferences at HMC, or with WCM in NYC, and Weill Bugando Medical College in Tanzania.
For more information, please contact the OCS Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
The majority of student course/clerkship material such as the schedules and lecture handouts are available via the Learning Management System (LMS), Canvas. Students receive instructions about how to access this online resource during orientation week. At the start of each course/clerkship, students are requested to collect course materials (e.g. textbooks and other clerkship materials) from OCS. For the foundational sciences courses, material is uploaded on the LMS every Thursday for the following week. For the clinical courses and clerkships, students will be notified when any new information is available to access prior to the start of a clerkship or clinical course.
Methods of Communication with Students
It is very important that students check their WCM-Q e-mail on a regular basis to ensure that they have the latest updates with regard to schedule changes, room assignments, exam information, and other course announcements. For any last-minute schedule or other course updates (e.g. change of venue), OCS may contact students on their mobile telephone.
Access to Examination Answers, Grades, and Student Assessment Forms
Unless otherwise notified, results of weekly quizzes are posted on the LMS, Canvas, within 48-72 hours after the quiz. Students will only have access to view their individual quiz grade and a histogram that will depict the overall performance of the class.
Students are permitted to review their quiz, exams, and other assessments with narrative feedback by prior appointment only. This review must take place in the presence of OCS staff and students are not permitted to photocopy or photograph the material, or leave the room with it. Students may also contact their teaching faculty or course/clerkship directors directly should they have any questions about their grades and/or narrative assessments.
OCS is responsible for collating all assessments for each course/clerkship (e.g. quiz results, problem-based learning and journal clubs assessments, and other clinical assessments), which may be used to calculate a final grade. At the end of each course/clerkship, final grade forms are provided to the Office of the Registrar and released to students.