• Curriculum

    Curricular Affairs

    Patient-centered, clinical presentation-based curriculum that introduces students to clinical training early in the first year

Curricular Affairs (COM)

  • The Department of Curricular Affairs in the College of Osteopathic Medicine has developed a patient-centered, clinical presentation-based curriculum that introduces students to clinical training early in the first year.

    Our department is responsible for the support and coordination of the academic program in the College of Osteopathic Medicine. The department staff oversees academic requirements, performance requirements and the integrity of the four-year curriculum.

    The mission of the educational program is to provide high-quality, competency-based curriculum in order to prepare students to enter competitive fields of medical specialties. The curriculum is an innovative, patient-centered program that introduces students to clinical experiences and patients in year one through a combined clinical and basic science approach.


    Linda R. Adkison, Ph.D.,
    Professor of Genetics, Associate Dean
    for Curricular Affairs

    Gary Ballam, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor and Chair of Physiology, Assistant Dean
    for Curricular Affairs


    Andrea Hanson - Sr. Assessment Coordinator
    David Lockwood - Assessment Coordinator and Curriculum Coordinator (Year III/IV)
    Marcos Harders - Curriculum Coordinator (Year I)
    Rnee' O'Bannon - Curriculum Coordinator (Year II)
    Angel Fox - Curriculum Coordinator (OCS Year I/II)
    Dalal Englin - Administrative Assistant III

    Curriculum Directors

    Pam Thomas, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Anatomy, Curriculum Director, Year I
    George Kolo, D.O.
    Professor, Assistant Curriculum Director, Year I

    Frank Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.
    Professor of Pharmacology, Curriculum Director, Year II
    Carol Kirila, D.O.
    Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Assistant Curriculum Director, Year II

    Osteopathic Clinical Skills Director and Discipline Coordinators

    Kevin D. Treffer, D.O.
    Director, Osteopathic Clinical Skills

    W. Joshua Cox, D.O.
    Discipline Coordinator, Physical Diagnosis

    Rance McClain, D.O.
    Discipline Coordinator, OPP

    Sarah Parrott, D.O.
    Discipline Coordinator, Communications

    Richard Magie, D.O.
    Discipline Coordinator, Spirituality

    Curriculum Committee

    The Curriculum Committee is the guiding force to ensure excellence in educational programs for student learning at KCUMB. The specific responsibilities of the Curriculum Committee are to:

    • Develop, evaluate, and recommend comprehensive curricula for all University programs
    • Ascertain that all courses have appropriate written objectives and approved syllabi
    • Review and recommend academic policies to the administration
    • Assist in the implementation of KCUMB's Information Technology Plan, specifically the strategic use of technology

    The Curriculum Committee consists of members of the College of Osteopathic Medicine and the College of Biosciences and reflects a broad representation of the programs of instruction within the colleges. Members are appointed annually by the President of the University.

    2012-2013 Committee Membership

    • Linda Adkison, Ph.D., Chair
    • Gary Ballam, Ph.D.
    • Annette Campbell, R.N.
    • William Joshua Cox, D.O.
    • Marilyn DeGeus, M.L.S.
    • John Dougherty, D.O.
    • Ed Friedlander, M.D.
    • Frank Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.
    • Alan Glaros, Ph.D.
    • G. Micheal Johnston, D.O.
    • Diane Karius, Ph.D.
    • Carol Kirila, D.O.
    • George Kolo, D.O.
    • Richard Magie, D.O.
    • Lisa McClain, Ph.D.
    • Valorie Millican, M.S.
    • David Moller, Ph.D.
    • Anthony Olinger, Ph.D.
    • Sara Parrott, D.O.
    • Doug Rushing, Ph.D.
    • Larry Segars, PharmD.
    • Norbert Seidler, Ph.D.
    • Robert Stephens, Ph.D.
    • Heidi Terry, M.A.
    • Pam Thomas, Ph.D.
    • Kevin Treffer, D.O.

    Ex Officio Members

    • Maria Cole, Ph.D
    • Becky Talken, M.B.A.
    • Stan Viebrock, M.P.A.

    Student Class Representatives

    • MSI - Amber Heyna
    • MSII - Lindsey Nazarek
    • MSIII - Lyda Pung
    • MSIV - Class Representative
    • Biosciences Class President
    • Bioethics Class President

    Administrative Support

    • Dalal Englin