Minutes 12/18/06

Minutes 12/18/06

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Clinical Medicine Committee


Attending: Drs. Geldmacher, Heald, Herrington, McGahren, Newberry, Rein, Sanfey, Wilson, A. Innes, D. Innes,  Short

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

Dr. Short led a discussion about the manner in which clerkships would deal with situations where a student reported problems with residents (or attendings) not teaching. The Student Advocacy Committee, which addresses some of these issues, would either take no action unless agreed upon by the student initiating the complaint, or would delay action. It was mentioned that delaying action in a short clerkship would be difficult if there were to be changes in the clerkship assignment for a given student in an attempt to rectify the situation.  

Dr. Allison Innes asked the clerkship directors to review their current clerkship configurations and assignment patterns, and for the Clinical Medicine Committee to compile this information. 

Dr. Innes also emphasized the importance of strict adherence to the NBME rules regarding subject exam administration, proctoring of exams, etc. Some clerkships use the time just before or after the exams to collect logbooks, passports, etc., and those activities might be a distraction to the exam proctors, who should be focused on conducting the exams as outlined by the NBME.

Dr. Don Innes reviewed the "Clerkships in Color" project that is underway. Based on the draft version, almost all of the content items listed for USMLE Step 2 CK and CS are being covered on the clerkships. It was mentioned that some of the items are also covered in several of the more clinically-related preclinical courses (Pharmacology, Pathology, POM-1 and POM-2).

The meeting was adjourned at 5:50 PM. It is anticipated that there will be another meeting early in 2007 to review the clerkship data.

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