University of Virginia School of
Pediatric Pathology Conference Room, 4:00 pm
Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Robert Bloodgood,
Anita Clayton, Lisa Coray, Gene Corbett, Donald
Innes (Chair), Vern Juel, Howard Kutchai, Jerry
Short, Nikhil Rao, Bill Wilson, Brian Wispelwey,
Debra Reed (secretary)
- Pass/Fail Grading System. Implementation and evaluation of
the Pass/Fail grading system for 2003 first year students was
discussed. The University Registrars office has expressed a preference
for a Credit/No Credit designation for grades rather than the Pass/Fail
system. The Pass/Fail and Honors designation is preferred by the
Committee. This will be explored further with the registrar.
- Foundation of Bioethics Elective. The Committee has been
asked to review a proposal from Jonathan Moreno for a fourth year
elective, Foundation of Bioethics (one afternoon session per week),
that would run concurrently with another elective. This proposal was
rejected by the Electives Program because the electives directors felt
that "an elective offered across several periods in the afternoon would
interfere with other elective rotations," as well as interview
schedules. They concluded that students could audit the course if they
are interested. "
The Curriculum Committee has endorsed the development of specialized
electives such as this and agrees that the School of Medicine should
provide access to areas outside the "classical" curriculum, e.g.
graduate sciences, MPH, MS in Health evaluation sciences nursing and
law. The Committee will recommend that this be revisited by the
Electives Program. Students participating in a Bioethics Elective or
similar elective/course have permission from the concurrent elective
director and that a Bioethics elective or similar elective/course not
interfere with the other elective. Dr. Wilson will discuss this with
the Electives Directors.
- Clerkship Review Response. The Committee reviewed the draft
of the response to the recent clerkship reviews. After minor changes,
the response will be sent to all clerkship directors outlining steps
that need to be taken with time lines for planning and completion.