University of Virginia School of Medicine
Clinical Medicine Committee
The Clinical Medicine Committee met on Monday, November 1, at 5 PM in the Pediatrics/Pathology Conference Room.
In attendance (underlined) were Drs. William Wilson, Robert Adams, Francis Bourgeois, Eugene Corbett, Pamila Herrington, Karen Maughan, Michael Rein, Curtis Tribble (Reid Adams) and Joel Trugman (representing Neurology).
- Dr. Wilson reviewed the changes in committee structure that are underway, including the function of the Clinical Medicine Committee and the Clerkship Committee. There was discussion as to whether the Clinical Medicine Committee would be able to make decisions, or whether it would act in an advisory capacity to the Curriculum Committee. This question will be reviewed with the Associate Dean for Curriculum.
- The main agenda item was consideration of the proposal for a common Clinical-Basic Science Program for the 3rd and 4th years of medical school. A draft had been previously sent out by Email. There was discussion of the rationale for the proposal. Several concerns were raised, including issues of "cost", in faculty time, in lost clinical time for 3rd year students, in lost opportunities to admit patients (if there were conflicts with on-call days), in some loss of continuity on inpatient rotations, and in actually travel costs for students who would be returning to UVA from away rotations for this activity. The issue of precedents at other schools was raised. There was discussion as to whether this activity would be required or optional, whether it would be considered to be a "course", and whether students would receive a grade. The possibility of treating this like a CME activity, with similar evaluation forms and records of attendance, was raised.
- Dr. Adams updated the group on the most recent discussions of this proposal by the Curriculum Committee, including ideas about the integration of basic science and clinical concepts and the "reacquainting" of medical students to the basic sciences.
- Dr. Trugman suggested that medical students, possibly 4th year students, could each be required to present a "poster session" as part of the day's activity. This would rotate among students by a pre-assigned schedule, and would primarily be related to clinical topics that they may have encountered during their 3rd year rotations.
- The Committee was asked to ponder these issues, and we will meet again on Monday, November 8, for additional discussion.
- The meeting was adjourned at 5:50 PM.
- William G. Wilson, M.D.