Minutes 01.07.10

Minutes 01.07.10

University of Virginia School of Medicine

Curriculum Committee

Minutes 01.07.10

Pediatric Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.                       

Present (underlined) were: Gretchen ArnoldRobert Bloodgood, Megan Bray, Donna Chen, Eugene Corbett, Thomas Gampper, Wendy Golden, Donald Innes (Chair), Keith Littlewood, Jim Martindale, Veronica Michaelsen, Mohan Nadkarni, Chris Peterson, Jerry Short, Linda Waggoner-Fountain, Bill WilsonMary Kate Worden  Lisa Herrmann, Evan Lapinsky, Debra Reed (secretary)   

  1. Clinical Performance Development Leadership. From a field of nine highly qualified applicants, Dr. Mary Bryant and Dr. Jennifer Marks have been selected as the co-directors for CPD - Preclinical Phase 1. It was a difficult selection process due to the number of excellent candidates. Dr. Bryant is a member of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department and Dr. Marks is a faculty member from General Medicine currently based in Orange. Both physicians share a special interest in medical education. The co-directors together with Eugene Corbett, Assistant Dean for Clinical Skills Education, will begin work immediately on developing and implementing CPD for the 2010 fall MCM portion of the Next Generation Curriculum. This group will also recruit CPD faculty and work with Sue Pollart to provide faculty development for the faculty.

    The Committee discussed the proposed "college" system and whether the small group student members and mentors should remain constant throughout the 18 month period or whether the groups should be shuffled within the colleges. The co-directors along with Dr. Corbett should further research this and make a decision as soon as possible.

    Evan Lapinski believes that most students would prefer to have some variety in group composition and preceptors throughout the 18 month period.  Students who are assigned to groups made up of highly motivated students and preceptors are usually satisfied to stay with the same group but other less cohesive groups would definitely prefer to change.  Changing groups forces the student to become comfortable in new groups of people much as they will experience in the clerkships years.

    The Curriculum Committee welcomes Drs. Bryant and Marks and offers both their encouragement and assistance in developing the CPD curriculum.

  2. Teaching Electives. The Committee discussed the role of teaching electives in the Next Generation Curriculum. At present, approximately 15-20 students participate in the fourth year teaching electives. The elective activities range from hands on teaching in the Anatomy labs to development of web resources and teaching aids in other courses. In the Next Generation Curriculum, having students/residents available to assist in the classroom with the active learning portion of the class would be valuable. Student and resident participation will contribute to the success of learning studio activities. The Committee discussed the availability of students for these activities - i.e. potential conflicts with residency interview schedules. Dr. Nadkarni noted that SIM has used fourth year student in small group activities but it is very difficult to arrange consistently. Whether the activities should be compensated with education credit or financially compensated as are other TA positions here at UVA was discussed. Flexible teaching schedules may be the key. Electives Director, Dr. Meg Keeley will be invited to a future meeting of the Curriculum Committee to further explore teaching electives.

    Providing students some type of formal teaching education was also considered.  Whether this could be an on-line module and/or workshops possibly during the transition course was discussed briefly.  If there is a formal program, the possibility of awarding completion certificates was discussed.  If a formal curriculum can be developed it may be useful to the residency programs as well. 

    Students seeking PhDs in the basic sciences could also be valuable in the small group setting.  There is a teaching requirement in Neuroscience graduate work which might be expanded to the other basic science departments.   Randy Canterbury is exploring this possibility with Brian Duhling, Director of the PhD program in the School of Medicine.

  3. Continuation of Discussion on Defining the Period Between the End of Systems and the Start of Clerkships

    Volunteers/volunteered for subcommittee to work on this period of the curriculum
    a) Donna Chen
    b) Keith Littlewood
    c) Gene Corbett
    d) Chris Peterson
    e) Tina Brashears
    f) One or two 4th year students (Evan Lapinkski will recruit)
    g) Librarian (Gretchen Arnold will recruit)
    h) Gerald Donowitz (instrumental in development of previous transition course)
    i) Student Advocacy Committee member (Bob Bloodgood, Jerry Short, Meg Keeley)
    j) Someone from the Health Policy Committee
    k) Evan Heald and/or Peter Ham

    The group will be asked to meet and provide a preliminary plan to the Curriculum Committee.  The preferred plan should be for approximately a 2 week experience. Core workshops from the clerkships should also be considered for this period - i.e.   workshops that are valuable in all clerkships but may not be presented to the student until late in their clerkship year due to rotation schedules.   Bill Wilson will ask at the next Clinical Medicine Committee meeting for suggestions from the Clerkship Directors on what they would like to see in the transition course.
  4. Clinical Connections. The Committee discussed very briefly the Clinical Connections program. This will be discussed at a future meeting.

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