Minutes 09/04/07

Minutes 09/04/07

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Clinical Medicine Committee

Attending: Drs. Heald, Rein, McGahren, A. Innes, D. Innes,  Short, Keeley, Jackson, Geldmacher, Herrington, Chapin, Newberry, Pearson, Wilson

The meeting was called to order at 5 PM in the Pediatrics Conference Room.

Dr. Pearson presented an update of possible changes in the enrollment of the School of Medicine. He reviewed the AAMC's concerns about an impending physician shortage and their recommendation that there be an increase in the number of physicians nationally. Several potential scenarios for increasing the class size at the University of Virginia School of Medicine were mentioned, followed by discussion by the committee. Concern was expressed over the ability to provide quality clinical placement sites for a larger number of students, as well as concerns about adequate small group space and teaching laboratory space for microbiology, pathology, and anatomy.  The members of the committee were encouraged to share their ideas with the administration.

Dr. Wilson mentioned that the Student Medical Education Committee ("SMEC") has been meeting and has assigned a 3rd year student to each clerkship to serve as the principal contact person for students on that clerkship and for the clerkship director. Dr. Short mentioned that the Oasis evaluations of a particular clerkship will be made available to the student contact. It is hoped that this will improve communication between the students and the clerkships, as well as improve the quality and usefulness  of the Mulholland Report.

Dr. Don Innes mentioned that the semiannual joint clerkship meeting will be held in Roanoke on October 17, 2007.  The agenda is being developed for that meeting, and clerkship directors are encouraged to contact Dr. Innes with ideas.

Dr. Meg Keeley gave an update on the electives and selectives program. This seems to be going well. It may be possible to use the Oasis system for "drop/add" and for scheduling, which may streamline the process.

Ann Chapin announced that the CPX exam for the current 3rd year class will be given in January this year. This is considerably earlier than in the past.  Dr. Heald mentioned that the working group on clinical skills education met today, and will be reviewing the passports to see what skills are included or should be included.

The recording of lectures during the preclinical years was mentioned. This is a recent development at UVA, and it may be too early to determine if this will have an impact on class attendance.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:55 PM.

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