Minutes 09/15/08

Minutes 09/15/08

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Clinical Medicine Committee

Attending: Drs. Keeley, Tucker, A. Innes, D. Innes, Short, Herrington, Heald, Geldmacher, Bray, Wilson, Darci Lieb, Anne, Chapin, Jason Franasiak.

The meeting was called to order at 5 PM.

Don Innes reviewed the agenda for the retreat planned for Saturday, September 20. The theme of the retreat will be "Integrating the Curriculum".

Dr. Short and Darci Lieb reviewed the format for the March 2009 "Basic Sciences for Careers". For this course, the class has been divided into two groups, with one group attending sessions March 2-5 (Monday-Thursday) and the second attending sessions March 10-13 (Tuesday-Friday). Each of the clerkships is to provide 12 two-hour sessions per week (a total of 24 sessions).  Sessions are from 9:00-11:00 am, 1:00-3:00 pm and 3:00-5:00 pm each day.  The session from the first week can be repeated the second week or different sessions added.  A potentially popular session can be repeated at a different time during a single week.   About 10 students will attend each session.  This will potentially allow for more interactive learning and more of a "workshop" environment for the sessions.   Please send the topics, dates, and instructors for the 24 sessions of BS4C to Darci Lieb by October 1, 2008.  There will be a lottery through which students can choose and be assigned their sessions.

Allison Innes presented the draft calendar for the 2009-2010 academic year. This calendar includes 6 eight week clerkship periods (an increase from the current calendar of 5 periods), and includes the new 8-week geriatrics/anesthesia/life skills/selectives block that has been proposed. The tentative plan calls for the two 2-week surgical selectives to be a part of this block. There was considerable discussion about whether there should be an option for some students to take the two 2-week medicine selectives during that time instead of the surgical selectives.  There was also concern that having a combination of 4th year students and 3rd year students on the selectives might stress the capacity of those experiences, and might lead to difficulty in student assessment since there could be learners with very different previous experiences on the same selective. These additional suggestions will be investigated before the final plan is in place.

The meeting was adjourned at 6 PM.

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