Minutes 10.31.13

Minutes 10.31.13

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee
Minutes – 10/31/13

Pediatric Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.

Present (underlined) were: Gretchen Arnold, Stephen Borowitz, Megan Bray, Donna ChenPeter Ham, Donald Innes (Chair), Keith Littlewood, Nancy McDaniel,  Bart Nathan,  Sean Jackson,  Sabrina Nunez,  Theresa Schlager,  Neeral Shah, Amita Sudhir,  Linda Waggoner-Fountain, Casey White,  Bill Wilson,  Mary Kate Worden, Lee EschenroederElizabeth Bradley, Tom Jenkins,  Jean-Baptiste Maitre,  Derrick Thiel,  Brian Wakefield,  Debra Reed (secretary)

  1. An article entitled “A Med School Issue Renewed - Should Medical School Last Just 3 Years” by Dr. Pauline Chen published in the NY Times October 29, 2013 was discussed.

  2. EPAs (Entrustable Professional Activities). Don Innes reported on his response from Dr. Carol Ashenbrener of the AAMC regarding EPAs. The AAMC will be presenting a draft of Core EPAs at the Annual Meeting Sunday 11/3/13 at 11:00 am.  The entire document will be posted on to the iCollaborative section of MedEdPortal at www.MedEdPORTAL.org.  The final version is expected in March 2014.

  3. Dx/Rx Learning Objectives:  Drs. John Voss and Carolyn Engelhard responded to a request for Learning Objectives for the CHESS (Clinical Health Economics System Simulation) in DX/RX.    CHESS is a successful simulation program for residents that will become part of the DX/RX course. 

    Identify key components, relationships and policies that comprise the structure, delivery and financing of US health care;
    Describe how decisions health care professionals and patients make influence the costs of care for patients and society and the income of physicians;
    Describe the concept of value in health care and the factors that lead physicians to provide care of greater or lesser value
    Identify, analyze and resolve potential ethical conflicts created by the US health care delivery and financing system.
  4. Orientation/Cells to Society Review.  Leaders of Orientation and Cells to Society met to discuss student evaluation of previous programs and plans for the future.  Documents outlining plans for these two courses were distributed.  

    Changes for Orientation include shortening Myers-Briggs session from four to three hours, improve Resource Fair by coordinating with Mulholland discussion of organizations/activities in Medical School and find alternate venues for lunch and Resource Fair, i.e. Jordan 2ABC. 

    Proposed changes for Cells to Society include introducing the topic of nutrition into Orientation or C2S, a Diabetes panel discussion might be preferable to the Diabetes Resource Fair that many students found disorganized with relevance in many areas unclear.  Mary Kate Worden will be asked to work with Derrick Thiel to help improve the Resource Fair.

  5. Social Issues in Medicine (SIM).  Mo Nadkarni reported interest in the UVA School of Medicine SIM curriculum from Emory School of Medicine where they are looking to better introduce social medicine into their preclinical curriculum. 

  6. Student Afternoon/Evening Tutorial Sessions.  The Curriculum Committee discussed how to govern the fourth year Medical Education elective students holding informal weekly afternoon/evening review sessions with the pre-clerkship students.  Students report that the review sessions are very helpful in their study of a system.   The Teaching elective students will limit their review sessions to two hours per week (either one – two hour session or two – one hour sessions).  The student sessions should be video recorded so that students who are unable to attend have access.    These sessions should be entirely student run and advertised as such – System Leaders will not necessarily review the ppts used in the sessions and students should be made aware that the presentations are not necessarily reviewed by faculty.  Fourth year students participating in a Teaching Elective will not have access to examination questions for reviews. Students will be encouraged to participate in the Teaching Electives in hopes that all systems will have review sessions. 

  7. Biochemistry on the MCATs.   This AAMC's website describes the expected changes to the MCATs  i.e. addition of Biochem.


  8. Policy on Academic and Professional Advancement.  The latest draft of the policy on Academic and Professional Advancement was discussed and further enhancements suggested. These suggestions will be incorporated into the document and another draft circulated to the group.

Donald J. Innes, Jr., M.D.
Debra Reed