Michael L. Schwartz, Ph.D., was named assistant dean for curriculum in October. Schwartz is an associate professor of neurobiology who has directed the core neurobiology course “Structure and Function of the Nervous System” since 1985 and has served as director of medical studies in the department since 1987. He was appointed director of medical courses for the School of Medicine in 2007 and has since chaired both the Course Review Committee and Course Directors Committee.

As assistant dean for curriculum, Schwartz will be responsible for overseeing the content, implementation, and review of the medical student curriculum, and for ensuring that it is designed and integrated to achieve the school’s educational objectives as well as meet national accreditation standards. Schwartz will chair the curriculum committee and work with the directors of courses, modules, clerkships, and electives. In addition, he will play a vital role in implementing curriculum reform, which is part of the school’s strategic plan for medical education.