Minutes 01.05.06

Minutes 01.05.06

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee


Surgery Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.                       

Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Gretchen Arnold, Eve Bargmann,  Daniel Becker, Robert Bloodgood,  Gene Corbett, John Gazewood, Jennifer Harvey, Donald Innes (Chair),  Howard Kutchai, Marcus Martin, Chris Peterson, Jerry Short, Bill Wilson,  Anthony DeBenedet, Sixtine Valdelievre, Debra Reed (secretary) 

  1. Isabel.   Isabel is a web-based clinical decision support system being investigated by the Health Sciences Library for purchase.  For a given set of clinical findings or symptoms, Isabel provides the clinician a checklist of likely diagnoses, related diagnoses and causative drugs.  The system automatically directs users to relevant literature on a given disease or treatment.  The Committee discussed this system and it's possible use in medical education.  Primary users would likely be clerkship students, but integration into PoM-1 and 2 might be desirable.  The Committee realizes that web-based systems such as this are going to be integrated into the physician's decision making process and students should be taught how best to use such systems and incorporate critical thinking in their use.

  2. Short Clerkship Evaluation Form. The short Clerkship Evaluation form has been sent to the Clerkship Directors. The input of all the Committee members who provided feedback and suggestions in the development of this form was appreciated.  The Clerkship Directors were asked to return this information to the Committee by February 3, 2006.  Comments from students who reviewed the form were enthusiastic.  A group of students has been asked to provide daily schedules from their clerkships as well.  After the evaluations forms have been received and reviewed by the Committee, Clerkship Directors will be asked to attend a Curriculum Committee meeting to discuss their clerkship in February and March, 2006.

  3. Competencies Required of the Contemporary Physician.   An e-mail will be sent next week to the teaching faculty to make them aware of these competencies.   The Committee was asked for alternative methods to publicize the 12 competencies to all teaching faculty.  Not all competencies apply to all courses or clerkships but faculty should incorporate into their teaching and student evaluation those that relate to their teaching activities. The uniform clerkship evaluations of students already directly reflect the competencies.

    The Committee discussed the competency that states "Competence҆in scientific principles as they apply to the analysis and further expansion of medical knowledge" and it was suggested that perhaps a clinical correlation taught anecdotally might be another way to incorporate this into the Curriculum.  

    In the upcoming LCME review, faculty may be asked about these competencies.  Members of the Committee suggested:

    A.  Attend individual Department faculty meetings and briefly (10 min) discuss the competencies with faculty.

    B.  Ask Clerkship Directors to discuss with their teaching faculty.  Ask first and second year Course Directors to do likewise.

  4. Residents as Teachers (RATS).    A group of interested faculty recently met to discuss RATS.  John Gazewood noted that Peter Hamm in Family Practice has a brief curriculum already in development for enhancement of resident teaching.  Dr. Gazewood will have Peter Hamm contact Don Innes to schedule a meeting with the group working on this.
Donald Innes