Minutes 02/16/09

Minutes 02/16/09

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Clinical Medicine Committee

Attending: Drs. Keeley, Tucker, Plautz, Green, Moore (for Surgery), Newberry, Jackson, A. Innes, D. Innes, Short, Ham, Wilson, Lieb, Chapin, Jason Woods.

  1. The meeting was called to order at 5 PM.  Two of the clerkship directors for the new clerkships were introduced (Drs. Aval Greene and Claire Plautz).

  2. The policy regarding visiting students taking electives in the School of Medicine was discussed. There was recently an issue with a visiting student on an elective participating in clinical activities before being credentialed through the Office of Medical Student Affairs and the hospital. All visiting students on electives should have a temporary UVA ID badge and should receive a brief orientation.  It was also mentioned that visiting students cannot apply for electives until after May 1 so that students from UVA can have first access to the electives. The procedure for applying for electives and the appropriate forms are available on the School of Medicine web site.

  3. Darci Lieb reviewed the plans for the Basic Sciences for Careers course. The students have participated in a lottery/selection process, and the schedule and assignments should be available this week. If a faculty member who was scheduled to lead one of the sessions has a last-minute conflict, it is the expectation that the faculty member attempt to identify a colleague who can "stand-in".  The assistance of the clerkship directors in helping to organize this course is most appreciated.

  4. Anne Chapin updated the group on the CPX exam, which is underway now.

  5. Don Innes reviewed the status of the curriculum modifications that are currently being discussed.  He also reviewed the rationale behind changing the curriculum, one of which is the upcoming change in the USMLE exams and the idea that there will be less emphasis on "normal" findings and normal physiology, etc. and more on basic sciences in a clinical and disease-based context. As part of the curriculum change and anticipated changes in the format and content of the USMLE exams, the clerkships will be asked to incorporate more basic science teaching and correlation into the clerkship experiences.

  6. The clerkship directors were reminded to contact Ms. Debra Reed with any changes to the Clinical Skills passport.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:55 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
William G. Wilson, MD
Chair, Clinical Medicine Committee