Minutes 01.17.02

Minutes 01.17.02

University of Virginia School of Medicine

Curriculum Committee

Minutes 01.17.02

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. Preliminary findings from the Clerkship Review (outlined in 1/03/02 Curriculum Committee minutes) will be sent to the Clerkship Directors, with copies to the Department Chair and the Deans office. A draft of the letter will be sent to the Committee via e-mail for review.

  2. Clerkship Proposal. (Howard Kutchai)

    "For each clerkship rotation, there should be one faculty member who spends a major fraction of his/her time devoted to the clerks. This faculty member would be compensated for lost clinical income."

    Motivation for this proposal comes from our clerkship review. The review suggests that on some clerkships students rarely interact with an attending. When clerkships have even one attending who spends a great deal of time working with the students, the students rave about that experience. In addition, we have repeatedly discussed the need to encourage attendings and residents to be better teachers.

    The Committee discussed this proposal. Practical problems that may be encountered with this proposal include 1) problems with the number and variability of clerkship sites, 2) the number of students involved, especially on the larger services, 3) clinical demands on faculty time. The possibility of having a teaching senior resident (rotating on a monthly basis) on each clerkship might be more manageable. Hospital and grant funding of residents and fellows limits the time they can devote to teaching activities. Methods to encourage attendings to value resident teaching were discussed.

    Whatever the method adopted by the individual clerkship directors or departments, it was agreed that more reliable, scheduled, and organized time for faculty/student interaction is needed. How can we encourage faculty/student interaction?

    Some departments such as Family Medicine give their residents instruction on teaching. Don Innes will contact Sim Galeska to find out more about their program.

    The web based clinical teaching program devised by the University of North Carolina can be made available to the University of Virginia. Details are being worked on by Jerry Shorts office.

    Expansion of the fourth year Teaching elective to include clinical education was discussed. A clinician needs to be placed in charge of this effort. The Advanced Clinical Elective should also include teaching responsibilities.

  3. Consider identifying the 4th Thursday of the month (4:00pm) as a time for the Clinical Medicine Committee to meet on a regular basis with the option of joint meetings with the Curriculum Committee. 

-Don Innes