Minutes 01.18.01

Minutes 01.18.01

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee
Minutes 01.18.01

Pediatric Pathology Conference Room, 4:00 pm

Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Robert Bloodgood, Victoria Camerini, Anita Clayton, Al Connors, Gene Corbett, Joseph Dubose (Travis Stork), Joanna Goldberg, Donald Innes (Chair), Jerry Short, Bill Wilson, Debra Reed (Secretary)

  1. Curriculum Committee Schedule. The schedule for the next few months sent to the Committee prior to the meeting was agreed to by the members present.

    February 1st -- Sue Squillace/Brian Wispelwey PoM-2
    February 8th -- review of C&TS
    February 15th -- review of Anatomy
    February 22nd - hold open

    March 1st -- review of Biochemistry
    March 8th -- review of Micro
    March 15th -- PoM-2;Y3/4;Exploratory
    March 22nd - hold open
    April 5th -- PoM-2;Y3/4;Exploratory
    April 12th --
    April 19th --

    Don Innes will invite the Course Directors of Anatomy, Biochemistry and Microbiology to present their self-assessment data on these dates. Course Directors will be asked to present (10 copies) of their documents to the Committee at least one week prior to their review.

  2. Religious Holidays. A copy of a list of religious holidays for Bahai, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Judiaism, Islam, Sikh and Wicca was distributed to the Committee. The Committee supports the avoidance of test periods during major holidays. Course Directors should make allowances for student's religious holidays. Students should be encouraged to review their holiday schedules early and make arrangements with individual course directors for their absences when necessary.

  3. Clinical Connections. Dates for the 2001-02 Clinical Connections have been determined. All are Friday except for one, which is a Monday.

    Clinical Connection Dates:

    August 10th Friday
    September 21st Friday
    November 2nd Friday
    February 15th Friday *
    April 8th Monday *
    May 17th Friday
    June 28th Thursday

    All students in "Charlottesville" and on Peds-F, Surgery R/S, OB-GYN R/S, PsychMed R/S are required to attend.

    * All students are required to attend the entire day's sessions on February 15th and April 8th. Student Affairs will be holding required meetings on the Electives Program (February 15th) and Residence Match Program (April 8th).

    Students will be required to attend all of the Clinical Connection programs except when they are involved in an AIM or Family Medicine clerkship. The course will be graded on Pass/Fail basis with a total of 44 credit hours documented to pass the course. If for some reason, students are unable to attain the 44 credit hours in third year, they must make arrangements to attend sessions early in their fourth year (prior to November) to complete this requirement. Students will be on their honor to complete forms with their actual hours of attendance. The Jordan Hall Conference Center will be reserved as soon as possible. Other arrangements may need to be made if the Conference Center is already scheduled on these dates.

    The decision to include senior nursing students and/or graduate nursing students will be made after a few more of the pilot programs have been completed.

    Social activities planned in conjunction with the Clinical Connections for next year include a dinner meeting with the Albemarle County Medical Society. It is hoped that their Thursday meeting can be moved to Friday night to coincide with one of the Clinical Connections. Reid Adams will discuss this with members of the Society, Claudette Dalton, John Carpenter, and Kirt Elevad. A second event will be a art centered evening at the Innes home.

    Reid Adams solicited suggestions for a Basic Science member of the Clinical Connections team. Please refer other suggestions to Reid Adams.

  4. Exploratories. Don Innes asked for suggestions for members of the Exploratory Design Group. The design group will need to define the objectives of the program and organize a selection of prepackaged activities. This program should be ready for implementation in the Spring session of 2002.

  5. 2001-02 Schedule. The Principles of Medicine Committee is working on the course and exam schedule for first and second years. Several proposals have been discussed and these proposals will be presented to the Curriculum Committee soon. One proposal involves biweekly quizzes, no midterm exam, but a comprehensive final exam. Travis Stork reported that students believe some quizzing is valuable, but because students often have trouble conceptualizing large medical concepts, too frequent testing on these subjects would be frustrating. It was noted that the purpose of testing is to force students to assimilate information, give big picture and give faculty an idea of how the student is doing. Essay questions for the quizzes might provide more information on how the student is progressing.

There will be no Curriculum Committee meeting next week. The next meeting is Thursday, 2/1/01 -- Sue Squillace/Brian Wispelwey: PoM-2 Design Group report.

 -Don Innes