University of Virginia School of Medicine
Clinical Medicine Committee
- The Clinical Medicine Committee met on Monday, November 8, at 5 PM in the Pediatrics/Pathology Conference Room.
- In attendance were (underlined) Donald Innes; Reid Adams, Robert Adams, Michael Rein, Karen Maughan, Lisa Doyle, Pamila Herrington, John Bourgeois, William Wilson, Jerry Short, Margaret Mohrmann, Gary Owens, Allison Innes, William Petri, Susan Squillace, Shawn Birchenough, Benjamin Schalet
- Clinical Medicine Committee
The main agenda item was a continuation of the discussion of the proposal for a common Clinical-Basic Science Program for the 3rd and 4th years of medical school which had begun at the November 1 meeting. The question regarding whether it would be "required" of all 3rd year students or some additional group of students was raised. It was felt that it may be difficult to "require" it of students on Neurology, particularly if the sessions were held on a quarterly basis only. Requiring participation of third year students was felt to be a good idea..
- The possibility of initially having the sessions on a quarterly basis, and of having them on the first Monday of each quarter was discussed. There was concern that this would interfere with the long orientation days that Family Practice and AIM have, which last until early afternoon on the first day of the clerkship. It was also pointed out that these shorter clerkships would give up a larger percentage of time, under any schedule where a day is taken from the clerkship for this activity. It was felt that, if the schedule for the day could be arranged to give the clerkships the morning time for orientation, that would allow for these activities and still leave the afternoon for the Clinical-Basic Science Program. Students going to "away" sites could then drive to these sites the following morning, to begin early afternoon on Tuesday there. The other alternative would be to hold the orientation sessions on the next day (Tuesday), which would reduce the total clerkship time for students during those months. It was pointed out that some faculty have arranged their schedules so that they can be available to help with orientation on those Mondays.
- The possible conflict with Career Day was mentioned. The possibility of moving Career Day to an early date, perhaps before the start of the third year, was mentioned.
- There was considerable discussion regarding possible content. It was the consensus of those present that the format should be disease or condition-focused, as opposed to specialty or organ-focused. For instance, conditions such as diabetes, alcoholism, aging, pain, chronic disease, and family violence might lend themselves to a multidisciplinary presentation crossing several clinical and basic science departments.
- All agreed that the planning of these activities will be a challenge, particularly if we hope to have the first sessions ready for the next Clerkship year. The importance of "marketing" to our students and faculty, including having a name for the activity, a coordinator, etc., was discussed.
- The meeting was adjourned at 5:50 PM. The group was reminded of the planned Clerkship Committee meeting in late December.
William G. Wilson, MD