Minutes 08/03/09

Minutes 08/03/09

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Clinical Medicine Committee

Attending: Drs. Plautz, Login, Newberry, Short, Casey, Lieb, Chapin, Harris, A. Innes, D. Innes, Tucker, Herrington, Heald, Wilson

The meeting was called to order at 5:05 PM. 

Dr. Plautz reviewed the progress in the new "Acute Care" clerkship, and felt that it was going well. The "goals and objectives" have been clarified for the students; the clerkship emphasizes practice-based clinical skills. Ms. Chapin commented that standardized cases were being offered as part of the new geriatrics clerkship, and that this was going well.

Ms. Lieb reviewed the evaluations from the Basic Sciences for Careers (BS4C) that was held for the first time in March. There were a total of 157 sessions offered, and most were well-received by the students. The evaluation scores for the individual session leaders were higher than the evaluations given for the overall course; the composite session evaluations ranged from 3.5 to 3.8 on a 4-point scale, while the overall course evaluation was 3.1. There was discussion about how the course and format might be improved for the upcoming year, including some modification of the length of each session to allow for student movement between sessions, etc. Planning for the upcoming year is underway. The course will again be held over two weeks, with half of the class participating in the first week (May 3-6) and half during the second (May 11-14).  The clerkship directors were thanked for their roles in helping to organize the course and in recruiting session leaders. It was felt that the sessions offered in 2009 were well-received and should provide a template for recruiting and scheduling sessons for the 2010 course.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:55 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

William G. Wilson, MD
Chair, Clinical Medicine Committee