Minutes 12/15/08

Minutes 12/15/08

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Clinical Medicine Committee

Attending: Drs. A. Innes, D. Innes,  Short, Jackson, Geldmacher, Chapin, Tucker, Lieb, Heald, Heim, Herrington, Wilson, Mr. Volsky (MS IV)

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

  1. The changes in the clerkships for the upcoming academic year were reviewed. There will be a new 8 week experience that will include a 2 week Geriatric experience, one week each of Anesthesia and Acute Care Medicine, and 2-2 week surgical selectives. Dr. Ashley Schilling will be in charge of the Anesthesia segment, while Dr. Claire Plautz will be in charge of the Acute Care Medicine segment. Dr. Aval Green will be in charge of the Geriatrics component. The possibility of providing mentors for the new clerkship directors and their coordinators was mentioned. With the addition of this new 8 week experience, there will no longer be a gap in the clinical year. The lottery for scheduling the next clerkship year has been conducted, and the results will be available January 5, 2009. 113 of the class got their first choice. There are 13 MSTP students currently on the clerkships. It is not clear how many will be included in next year's clerkship group.

  2. Allison Innes mentioned that the final clerkship grades are being submitted in a timely fashion.

  3. Darci Lieb provided an update on the plans for the March 2009 "Basic Sciences for Careers" course (BS4C). Almost all of the available lecture slots have been taken, and the students will participate in a lottery soon to select their sessions. The clerkship directors were commended for their hard work and participation in helping to organize the BS4C course for this year.

  4. Anne Chapin reviewed the plans for the upcoming CPX exam. There will be 7 cases this year.

  5. Don Innes provided an update from the Curriculum Committee on the discussions about curriculum revision (the "Cells to Society" curriculum). The plan under consideration would include an introductory "Foundations" course that will occur in the first semester; this course will teach some basic principles that will be important for the later study of organ systems, and will include elements of anatomy, histology, cell biology, physiology, microbiology, immunology, and genetics. Occurring at the same time, and continuing throughout the year will be Clinical Performance Development and Social Issues in Medicine. The organ systems portion of the pre-clinical years will begin after the "Foundations" course, and will take about a year. Small groups of faculty members and student representatives will be formed to help in the organization of each of the systems courses and to provide coordination and feedback. The content of the "Foundations" course will, in part, be determined by the perceived need for pre-requisite knowledge and/or experiences by the various "Systems" courses. The clerkship directors may be asked to help with one or more of the "Systems" courses or to help identify clinicians who would be appropriate to work in these groups.

  6. We anticipate another Clinical Medicine Committee meeting in February.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:45 PM.

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