Minutes 01.13.05

Minutes 01.13.05

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee


Surgery Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.                        

Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Eve BargmannRobert Bloodgood,  Anita Clayton,  Gene Corbett, Donald Innes (Chair),  Howard Kutchai, Marcus Martin, Chris Peterson, Jerry Short, Linda WatsonBill Wilson, Brian Wispelwey, Nnaemeka Anyadike, Michael Richardson, Guests:  Tom Massaro, Ruth GaareDebra Reed (secretary) 

  1. Neuroscience Course Director.  After discussion, the Curriculum Committee approved the nomination of Heidi Scrable as Director of the Neuroscience Course. 

  2. DX-RX Course.  (Tom Massaro, Ruth Gaare)   The DX-RX course is scheduled for  3/7/05-3/16/05.  The course objectives are listed on page 10 of the “New Cells to Society Curricular Elements” posted on the web at:


    The general structure of the course will be 9-12 am plenary sessions (see schedule below) and afternoons spent in independent research and case preparation.  On Friday 3/11, the class take a field trip to Washington , DC to meet with policy experts in executive and legislative groups.  This course is Pass/Fail and earns the student one elective credit.

    3/7 – The Structure and Financing of the Health System: An Overview (Tom Massaro)
    3/8 – The Physician Workforce and Health Care Organizations: New Demands, New Realities (Ed Howell)
    3/9 – The Physician and Vulnerable Populations (Norm Oliver and Rafael Triana)
    3/10 – The Physician and the Public Health System (Lisa Kaplowitz, Lilian Peake and Mark Levine)
    3/11 – Health Care and the Federal Government.  Field trip to Washington , DC  
    3/14 – The Medical Profession and the Legal Environment (Richard Merrill, Rebecca West, Richard Bonnie and James Childress)
    3/15 – Health Care and State Government (Secretary of Health Jane Woods)
    3/16 – Lessons Learned and Health System Prognosis (Tim Garson)

    Each student will prepare two papers (each about 5 pages).  One paper is a discussion paper focusing on the case or topic of a particular day and this paper is due the morning of the discussion.  The second paper is a research paper on a particular topic from a list of topics on the health care system, and this paper is due on the last day (3/16).

    Scheduling rooms at the SOM for the course has been difficult.  The Curriculum Committee suggested that alternative sites removed from the Medical Center such as Newcomb Hall, Alumni Hall or The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library would be an attractive alternative. 

    Speakers should be asked to keep lectures evidence based, rather than opinion based.  All speakers should provide a talking points outline prior to the start of the course for posting on the course website.

    A complete schedule should be available soon. This should specify session start and end times, and define the “independent research and case preparation.”

    The Curriculum Committee will require evaluation of the course by students and knowledgeable facultyStudent evaluations must be completed as a course requirement (See John Jackson and Jerry Short to arrange for a computer-based evaluation).

    The tools for a process evaluation must be developed which will require definition of the goals and objectives for the course and of individual teaching modules. A pre- and post- test format should be considered. Faculty knowledgeable in the topics covered should also be included as reviewers. Along with Jerry Short and John Jackson, Wendy Cohn, of Health Evaluation Sciences, should be consulted for the evaluation.

    Reid Adams suggested Scott Jones might be an excellent speaker in the future.

    Timing of the course was discussed briefly. A proposal for alternative dates has been submitted for 05-06 as students and faculty have complained that the schedule for 04-05 has been too disruptive to the elective schedule.

  3. Library Exercises.  Linda Watson expressed concern about the revised Molecular Genetics course abandoning the Med Line portion of the course due to time constraints.  The Committee suggested this portion of the Information Management and Critical Thinking curriculum might better be integrated into other courses in the Fundamentals of Medicine and Core systems, or the Transition course, or as first Clinical Connection session (June/July). The Principles of Medicine committee must factor in the Information Management and Critical Thinking curriculum.

Donald Innes