Minutes 01.20.05

Minutes 01.20.05

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee


Surgery Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.                       

Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Eve BargmannRobert Bloodgood,  Anita Clayton,  Gene Corbett, John Gazewood, Donald Innes (Chair),  Howard Kutchai, Marcus Martin, Chris Peterson, Jerry Short, Linda WatsonBill Wilson, Brian Wispelwey, Nnaemeka Anyadike, Michael Richardson, Debra Reed (secretary) 

  1. DX-RX Course.  E-mails have been sent to Tom Massaro and Ruth Gaare emphasizing the Curriculum Committee's recommendations from 3/7/05. 

  2. Library Exercises.  Linda Watson has been asked to provide the Curriculum Committee by the week of 1/27/05 with a "concrete" set of programs or "integrations" similar to what was done with the "Professionalism" curriculum - which "lists in sequence through the four years, best-matched behaviors with activities, content and evaluation methods for each, thus effectively creating a curricular content, sequence and schedule map."

  3. Exploratory Program.  Don Innes has been working with Mo Nadkarni to develop an Exploratory Program, especially in regard to the Community Service component and should have something to report to the Curriculum Committee in a couple of weeks.

  4. Principles of Medicine.  Eve Bargmann reported that a group course directors, interested faculty and students have met and will meet again next week to discuss integration of the "preceptorship" program into the PoM1 and 2 courses.  The Committee agreed with Dr. Bargmann that this should not replace the small group sessions already in the course but rather supplement them.  Selected topics in the courses are best be covered via Web based instruction rather than lecture.  Dr. Bargmann also noted that in reviewing the course, reapportionment of time devoted to certain topics was needed.

    The Committee suggested that in reviewing these courses, the group should also look at proper placement of topics - i.e. topics covered in PoM1 might be better placed in other courses.   The Committee agreed with Dr. Bargmann that it is difficult to define reinforcement versus replication in the Curriculum.  Some topics merit reinforcement over all four years of the curriculum. 

  5. Afternoon class time.    Students have complained about the number of afternoon activities during second year in the January-May semester.  It appears not to be the number or quality of the activities but that they are on separate afternoons leaving few blocks of uninterrupted study time.    The Committee will ask the courses involved (Psych/PoM2) to look into whether arranging two activities in one afternoon each week might be possible (freeing one afternoon for study).  It is also thought that the new curriculum beginning in 05-06 will help alleviate this problem. 

  6. Student Evaluations.  The Committee discussed comments from some students that because they are required to do the course evaluations on line prior to receiving their grades, they do a cursory review.  Most course directors at the meeting felt that the web based evaluation system provided much more and clearer evaluation data that was received previously.  The Committee questioned whether it is possible to tell how long each student takes to do an evaluation and how many do/do not enter free text comments.  This will be looked into.

  7. Future Agenda.   In February, the Committee will hear more from PoM; discuss the assignment of Honors for the Basic Science courses; receive a report from a group looking into the GTA program; and  Linda Watson will report on the Information Management portion of the curriculum.     On 2/17/05 the Biochemistry course will be reviewed by the Curriculum Committee.    Jerry Short will assemble evaluation data on the course to the members of the Committee prior to the 2/17/05 meeting. 

  8. Announcement.  The Academy of Distinguished Educators will host a reception in the Library on February 21, 2005 from 5:00-7:00 pm to showcase posters describing faculty research in medical education.  The posters will remain up until February 24th in the LINK outside the Library.  On February 23rd, the Library is sponsoring an "Info Fair" to highlight new trends in information technology and health system projects that use such technologies.
The next meeting of the Curriculum Committee will be Thursday, February 3, 2005 in the Surgery Conference Room.  There will be no meeting on 1/27/05.

Donald Innes