SOCI Spring Events and the Forthcoming SOC Education Model
The Spectrum of Care Initiative (SOCI) Task Force has some exciting upcoming in-person working sessions where they will design resources that aim to help CVMs support and strengthen spectrum of care (SOC) pedagogy in their curricula.
1. February SOCI Task Force Working Session: Denver, Colorado
The Spectrum of Care Initiative Task Force will meet in person from February 15-17 in Denver, Colorado. This gathering provides an invaluable opportunity for working groups to work together to design resources and materials to support CVMs seeking to enhance their SOC pedagogy.
Hosted at the CSU Spur facilities, the Task Force will also have a chance to check out the inspiring work being done by the Dumb Friends League. The event promises to foster innovation and collaboration, further advancing the SOCI's mission.
2. April Spectrum of Care Symposium: Washington, D.C.
We're thrilled to announce the upcoming Spectrum of Care Symposium, taking place at the AAVMC Annual Catalyze Conference in Washington, D.C. on April 11, 2024. During the Symposium, speakers will focus on how preparing students for SOCI practice can address the growing societal demand for improved access to veterinary care. They will also highlight how CVMs can meet this need through collaborations and by adopting integrated educational approaches that introduce and strengthen SOC pedagogy in their curricula.
Other sessions include a discussion panel on leveraging external partners for SOC practice preparation, a workshop on how to make curricular and cultural changes, and afternoon sessions showcasing creative examples of SOC-related learning experiences. Finally, attendees are encouraged to join the Spectrum of Care Town Hall on April 12th, which will provide some structured discussion and social networking opportunities to discuss big ideas, questions, and challenges surrounding SOC pedagogy in a collaborative environment.
Register now for the SOC Symposium!
3. Coming Soon: The SOC Education Model
A significant milestone achieved by the SOCI Task Force is the creation of the SOC Education Model. This model introduces eight competencies specific to SOC practice that align seamlessly with the CBVE Framework as illustrative sub-competencies. Each SOC sub-competency is accompanied by exemplary course-level learning outcomes to provide educators with additional guidance on enhancing SOC learning experiences in the curriculum. The Task Force developed the model using an evidence-based approach that drew on information gathered from international competency frameworks, peer-reviewed literature, and interviews and focus groups. Feedback was also collected and integrated from the broader veterinary education community.
The model will be released on the SOCI website in February, offering a valuable resource for advancing SOC pedagogy.