Minutes 01.10.02

Minutes 01.10.02

University of Virginia School of Medicine

Curriculum Committee

Minutes 01.10.02

Pediatric Pathology Conference Room, 4:00 PM

Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Robert Bloodgood, Victoria Camerini, Anita Clayton, Al Connors, Gene Corbett, Donald Innes (Chair), Nelle Linz, David Shonka, Jerry Short, Howard Kutchai, Bill Wilson, Debra Reed (secretary)

  1. Principles of Medicine Committee (1/9/02). The Curriculum Committee reviewed 2002-03 first and second year scheduling issues discussed at the Principles meeting on 1/9/02.

    a) Friday afternoons: The Curriculum Committee agreed that one 2-hour period Friday afternoon be allotted to Anatomy at the beginning of the course for cadaver prep. The use of occasional (one per semester) Friday afternoon time period for "optional" exam review sessions by second year courses was also discussed. While the "class-free" afternoons must be guarded very carefully, the Committee agreed that one Friday per quarter post exam week be allotted for review sessions (one hour per class) for the 2002-03 year. The Committee will suggest that the exam reviews focus on "most missed" questions rather than all questions and that in future years, these reviews be incorporated into the standard curriculum.

    b) The Curriculum Committee agreed that every effort should be made not to schedule Medical School exams on Saturdays. However, if absolutely necessary, this remains an option.

  2. Departure of Al Connors. Al Connors will be leaving the University in June, 2002, to join Metro Health Systems in Cleveland, OH, as Chief of Medicine. Dr. Connors' background in medical education and active participation in the curriculum restructuring here at UVA will be missed. The Curriculum Committee will be seeking another member. Suggestions of possible candidates should be forwarded to Don Innes.

  3. Basic Skills. Eugene Corbett will be taking a sabbatical next year to work as a Resident Scholar with the AAMC. He will be visiting various Medical Schools to investigate how "medical hands-on skills" are being taught, and how competency is measured. Survey data obtained prior to the institution of the passport system from both UVA students and faculty will be compared to data collected post-passport. Student experience in basic skills appears to be hampered by hospital liability issues and ever increasing demands on faculty/resident time. The Committee expressed a willingness to work with Gene as he works on the issue of skill development and assessment.

    As part of a general discussion the committee is concerned that opportunities for physical examination training in PoM-1 and PoM-2 are under utilized. The transition from PoM-1 to PoM-2 skills preparation should be enhanced and reinforced throughout the second year. PoM-1 & 2 will be asked about the current status of this training.

  4. A proposal for enhancement of interview and physical examination and procedural skills was introduced. The proposal is for a physician from each of the major clerkships to be "assigned" to a "teaching rotation" for part of the year - one or two month rotations. The positive benefit of a devoted and involved physician was noticed in the clerkship review and suggests this concept. More discussion is needed, but a "faculty intensivist" for teaching might meet the needs of our students in the third year.

-Don Innes