Minutes 01.23.03

Minutes 01.23.03

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee

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)

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

Don Innes