Minutes 01.08.09

Minutes 01.08.09

University of Virginia School of  Medicine
Curriculum Committee

Pediatric Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.                       

Present (underlined) were: Gretchen ArnoldDan Becker, Robert Bloodgood, Megan Bray, Eugene Corbett, Thomas Gampper, Wendy Golden, Donald Innes (Chair), Keith Littlewood, Veronica Michaelsen, Mohan Nadkarni, Chris Peterson, Jerry Short, Linda Waggoner-Fountain, Bill Wilson, Mary Kate Worden, Jason Franasiak, Kira Mayo, Debra Reed (secretary) Guests: Jonathan Evans, Animesh Jain  

  1. Physician Workforce in an Aging Society.  Jonathan Evans, Division Chief for Geriatrics and Palliative Care, met with the Committee to discuss goals and plans for the clerkship.  Dr. Evans began by outlining the overwhelming need for competently trained physicians to treat our aging population in the near future.  Dr. Evans noted that by 2030 the number of Americans over the age of 65 will double from current levels.  Students in  all areas of medicine will be confronted with a health care delivery system that is inadequate for the number of elderly patients.    He referenced a book entitled "Retooling for an Aging America."  A summary as well as a full text of the book may be viewed/downloaded from the following website:  http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12089

    The Geriatrics Division is delighted to have the opportunity to develop the new two week clerkship in geriatrics.   The goal of this clerkship to not to create geriatricians but rather to give all physicians an introduction to health care for the geriatric population.     

    Their clerkship faculty will meet on Monday 1/12/09  to develop the curriculum.  Approximately 12 students will be assigned to this rotation each period.  The number of faculty in the Geriatrics Division is small (>13) but extremely enthusiastic and can accommodate this number of students.  Patient populations are more than adequate.  Dr.  Evans noted that many of the patients seen on this rotation are "museums" of disease and students will have an opportunity to see/hear many diseases they have not seen before.  Mentorship will be a key component of the clerkship and the developers feel this will be the key ingredient to a successful clerkship. Dr. Evans noted that the clerkship developers are open to suggestions from the Curriculum Committee.  The curriculum will need some adjustment as it is implemented. 

  2. Don Innes asks that before the next meeting on 1/15/09, the Curriculum Committee think about overall objectives/goals/outlines for the systems.   These guidelines should foster consistency over the systems.  Suggested examples included - pharmacology/physiology links should be included in each organ system,  clinical experience will be at least ?% of the time allotted, the amount of passive learning should be no more than ?% of the time allotted.  Please e-mail your suggestions to Don Innes at dji@virginia.edu or bring them with you to the 1/15/09 meeting.

Donald Innes