Office of Medical Education

Associate Dean for Curriculum: Patricia Sexton, DHEd, FNAOME

The Office of Education Development and Services coordinates the efforts of medical educators to implement the College’s teaching and assessment programs. To accomplish this mission, this department:

  • Supports first and second year clinical courses through one-on-one interaction between clinical faculty, students, and instructional coordinators.
  • Develops and monitors the College teaching and assessment calendars.
  • Implements campus-based faculty development.
  • Implements student evaluation of teaching.
  • Provides patient simulation experiences for learning and assessment.
  • Supports web-based teaching and assessment.
  • Coordinates activities in the Performance Assessment Center (PAC).
  • Coordinates activities in the Human Patient Simulation Center (HPSC).
  • Conducts educational research.

The Supervisor of Curriculum, Jennifer Tuttle, BS, oversees the Instructional Coordinators, assists with the development of the quarterly course schedules, and facilitates the college academic calendar.

The Testing Coordinator, Teale Hocker, MBA, oversees exam testing for first and second year medical students.

The Instructional Coordinators assist clinical instructors by developing multimedia presentations, designing web pages for clinical courses, and coordinating many tasks to execute the clinical curriculum on campus.

The Performance Assessment personnel provide coordination for skills in the Complete DOctor course, PA-I-PE (Performance Evaluation), PA-II-PE, and PA-III-PE Post-Core-Testing. Much of this work takes place at the College’s Performance Assessment Center.

The Human Patient Simulation Center provides a teaching laboratory where the students can practice patient care with the use of Human Patient Simulators (computer-model-driven, full-sized mannequins).

The Curriculum Coordinator, Valerie Hamlin, BS, supports the work of the Curriculum Committee and is involved in various aspects medical education support.

The Secretary for Medical Education is Lois Epperson

The Administrative Support for Medical Education is Jody Peterson, BP

Human Patient Simulation Center

In order to maximize the preparedness of our students to perform as skilled physicians, KCOM utilizes Laerdal adult (8) and child (2) simulators, 1 Gaumard mother and infant simulators, and 2 Simbionix colonoscopy, endoscopy and bronchoscopy trainers. At every level of patient care, hands-on experience is the best teacher. The patient simulators are a computer-driven-model, full-sized mannequin which delivers experiences in true-to-life scenarios that swiftly change to meet the instructors’ goals. These ultra sophisticated and highly versatile simulators have voice capability and mimic chest rise and fall, have heart and lung sounds, have pulses, and accurately mirror human responses to such procedures as CPR, intravenous medication, intubation, ventilation, and catheterization.

How is this possible? Through a painstaking marriage of “high touch” with “high tech”, these dramatically functional mannequins exhibit clinical signals so lifelike that students have been known to cry when they “die”. Add to this a profound array of intricately programmed systems – cardiovascular, pulmonary, genitourinary (male and female), neurological, and the ability to respond to pharmacological interventions – and you have an easily controlled teaching laboratory where students can practice again and again, until the highest-quality patient care becomes second nature.

For further information, please contact:

Lisa Archer, BSN, Director of Simulation and Performance Assessment
Rob Long, Association of Applied Science (AAS) and Certified Laerdal Mechanic
Kathy Schroeder, BA, Standardized Patient Coordinator

Performance Assessment Center

KCOM is committed to the performance assessment of the skill development of its medical students. While this has been true since its inception, the opening of the Tinning Education Center in 1995 included a special facility that serves as the center for KCOM medical student performance assessment. The results of the performance assessment program are used to ensure student competence as well as to improve KCOM’s educational program.

The objective of KCOM’s performance assessment center is to provide the learning, testing, and, where necessary, remediation experiences to validate a level of clinical skill competence which is appropriate for medical students entering their postgraduate training. The KCOM campus facility is the location of learning and testing experience for students in their first two years of study and for the Missouri Region students during their clinical rotations.

For more information, contact:

Lisa Archer, BSN, Director of Simulation and Performance Assessment