Minutes 01.20.00

Minutes 01.20.00

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee
Minutes 01.20.00

Pediatric Pathology Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.

Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Robert Bloodgood, Anita Clayton, Al Connors, Gene Corbett, Joanna Goldberg, Donald Innes (Chair), Steven Meixel, Jerry Short, Bill Wilson, Robb Williams, Debra Reed

  1. The committee discussed the progress made at the retreat on Saturday, 1/15/00. Comments from participants have been positive and all have been pleased with the productivity and joint effort exhibited at the retreat. The retreat was felt to be very successful in that it "initiated discussions that will be fruitful over some period of time".

    The culture of the School of Medicine, as noted by Carl Creutz from the retreat, was briefly discussed. One aspect of the culture was the emphasis students put on grades, while another was the need for re-examination of how individuals who teach are rewarded in terms of salary and promotion. Although some students believe you should be able to get all you need from the handouts and avoid lectures completely, they have commented that "it isn't that we don't want lectures, we want better lectures". It is hoped that the revisions made to the first and second and third year will create more excitement among the students, emphasize that the student is learning a profession (not an extension of undergraduate school), and ultimately improve learning whether in lecture or small group and the culture of medical school.

    Faculty development programs will be needed for established faculty as well as expanding the new faculty development program.

    Lectures should make connections between the information presented in the handout and with clinical applications. Key will be teaching students to be information managers (quoted from Dave Slosson).

    A compilation of the first year schedule roughed out at the retreat was distributed to the Committee. Members were asked to review the schedule and be prepared to discuss in more detail at next weeks meeting. Don Innes noted that the schedule seems to be heavy on hours and lectures in the first week or two of the Fall semester and solicited comments on ways to reduce the amount of lecture time or justify the front loading of the schedule. The committee suggested the use of self-study and WEB based presentations whenever possible, especially on entry level topics that could be learned by students during the orientation week. Practice of Medicine course lectures such as the History of Medicine, etc. might be moved to later weeks.

  2. The creation of panels composed of a basic science faculty member, a general practitioner, and even specialists as necessary, to review the content of first and second year course syllabi, highlighting important topics and suggesting topics that should be briefly covered or omitted. This approximates the role of the Director/Co-director team for the design and operation of courses and clerkships. More work will be needed to put this into effect.

  3. The grading system was briefly discussed. The pass/fail grading system has advantages and disadvantages to the student. Taking the emphasis off of attaining an A or a B and promoting learning the material over obtaining a grade is a positive of this system. Concern was expressed over its effect on residency selection and the effect on board scores.

Donald J Innes, M.D.