University of Virginia School of Medicine
Clinical Medicine Committee
Members present (underlined) Donald Innes; Adams, Robert; Adams, Reid; Rein, Michael; Maughan, Karen; Doyle, Lisa; Herrington, Pamila; Bourgeois, John; Wilson, William; Short, Jerry; Mohrmann, Margaret; Owens, Gary; Innes, Allison; Petri, William; Squillace, Susan; Birchenough, Shawn; Schalet, Benjamin; Corbett, Eugene; Beacham, Karen
- The Clinical Medicine Committee met at 5 PM on Thursday, March 30, in Room 2 of the Davis 5 Learning Center.
Ms. Beacham described the project which she and Dr. Short are undertaking to study the grading systems in place in the clinical clerkships, including the weighting of evaluations, use of tests of cognitive knowledge, weighting of exams vs. evaluations, and determinations of final grades. Because some clerkships may modify their forms or alter their grading mechanisms, it was suggested that the method in use this year be the subject of the study.
The current grading systems used on the Pediatrics, AIM, and Neurology rotations were briefly discussed.
The article by Kassebaum and Eaglen "Shortcomings in the evaluation of student's clinical skills and behaviors in medical schools" ( Academic Medicine 74:842-849, 1999) was distributed. This article is significant in both its content and its origin- the authors are both in the Division of Medical School Standards and Assessment of the AAMC. The possible means of assessing skills was discussed, and the article will be sent to those committee members who were not able to attend the meeting. The need for clear goals and objectives was discussed, as well as the need for having evaluations that are related to the goals and objectives.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:45 PM.
William G. Wilson, MD
Chair, Clinical Medicine Committee