University of Virginia School of
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)
- 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
- 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
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
- 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