Minutes 01.18.07

Minutes 01.18.07

University of Virginia School of  Medicine
Curriculum Committee

Surgery Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.                       

Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Gretchen Arnold, Eve BargmannDaniel Becker, Robert Bloodgood,  Gene Corbett,  Wendy Golden, Donald Innes (Chair),  Howard Kutchai, Marcus Martin, Chris Peterson, Jerry Short, Bill WilsonDevin Mackay, Kavita  Sharma,  Debra Reed (secretary) 

  1. Group for Research in Pathology Education.  Don Innes reported on a recent meeting of the Group for Research in Pathology Education (GRIPE).  He was a panelist and gave a presentation on LCME for Pathology course directors.  From discussions with faculty from the other medical schools at the meeting, it appears that the UVA School of Medicine is ahead of the curve, especially regarding LCME rules, regulations, inspections, etc. 

  2. Review of Student Standardized Test Scores.  Jerry Short reviewed the SOM standardized test scores, MCAT, USMLE Step 1, and USMLE Step 2 with the Curriculum Committee.  2006 scores when compared to earlier scores seem to be maintaining a consistent margin above the mean.  Scores do vary slightly up and down year to year but this was thought to be statistically insignificant.  The Committee discussed correlations between MCAT scores and scores in Step 1 and 2.  Standardized test scores are not available from other medical schools for comparison.  The question arose, whether it is possible to significantly increase the mean score of Step 1 and Step 2.  The Committee discussed the possibility of instituting NBME shelf exams for the courses in the first two years of medical school and whether this might help improve student standardized test-taking skills.  Shelf exams are already given to the clerkship students.  

    Step 1 and 2 failures were discussed.  Students in the bottom 10% of their class are offered extra help in the form of tutoring Many UVA students now use the board review books in preparation for the exams. 

    Marcus Martin noted the need to recognize minority issues in discussing these scores.    How to admit more minority students and help them be successful was discussed. 

    Randy Canterbury and Beth Bailey from the Admissions Office will be invited to a Curriculum Committee to discuss admissions policy and procedure.

  3. Clinical Medicine Committee (CMC) Review.  Bill Wilson updated the Committee on recent activities of the CME.  An issue regarding security of the clerkship shelf exams during one of the test periods has arisen which had to be reported to the NBME.  The NBME was notified and this has been addressed with the Clerkship Directors and coordinators.

    The CMC was asked by the Dean's office to look at clerkship placement requirements.  It appears that the clerkship with the largest problem will be OB/GYN and to a lesser extent Pediatrics.  Other clerkship directors felt that would be able to accommodate the current number of students even if one of the outside sites is no longer available.  Other options were explored but maintaining comparable experiences for all medical students in institutions without housestaff is a major hurdle. [ED-8. There must be comparable educational experiences and equivalent methods of evaluation across all alternative instructional sites within a given discipline.]

  4. Clerkship Evaluations.  Since spring, cerkship evaluations have been received in a timely manner.  The Clerkship Directors were congratulation for adapting to Oasis and meeting the recent deadline for their evaluations.

  5. Simulation Equipment Demonstration.  Marcus Martin invited the Curriculum Committee to a demonstration of medical simulation products manufactured by Immersion Medical Corporation.   The demonstration will be held in the Simulation Center, Old Medical Center, Room 3480, on January 29, 2007 between the hours of 1:00 and 4:00 p.m.  Instruments to be demonstrated include the Endoscopy AccuTouch System, Laerdal/Immersion Virtual IV system and the Laparoscopic VR System.

Donald Innes