Application For: Foundations Committee Student Representative Statement From: Andrew DesLauriers Date: 4/4/21 As the Foundations Committee student representative, my goal would be to improve the consistency and comprehensiveness of the foundations curriculum. While studying for Step 1, I found that I had a good command over some of the content from foundations classes but for other portions of the material I had to re-learn the basics and work up from there. The material that I was more confident in was not necessarily taught most recently or in areas of personal interest to me. I came to the conclusion that some of the material was taught in a way that allowed for better long-term memory while other portions were taught in a way that was difficult to retain. I believe in the potential of an active-learning based curriculum, and I think we had many excellent session during our foundations years. That being said, we also had quite a few sessions that could have been run more efficiently and pre-works that were somewhat disorganized and less-thancomprehensive. In these instances, I often thought to myself ‘I’ll learn this as well as I can for now, and when Step comes around I’ll really make sure I have this concept down’. Now that Step is pass/fail and will likely be de-emphasized moving forward, improving weaker areas of the curriculum is even more important to provide students with a robust and comprehensive knowledge base moving into the clerkship year. As the Foundations Committee student representative, I will use feedback from other students to identify the areas of the curriculum that would benefit most from reassessment and work to improve the quality and consistency of the first two years of medical school for all future LCOM students. My goal would be to help provide future students with a knowledge base that they have confidence in and will benefit from for the rest of their careers.