Minutes 01.24.02

Minutes 01.24.02

University of Virginia School of Medicine

Curriculum Committee

Minutes 01.24.02

Pediatric Pathology Conference Room, 4:00 PM

Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Robert Bloodgood, Victoria Camerini, Anita Clayton, Al Connors, Gene Corbett, Donald Innes (Chair), Howard Kutchai,Nelle Linz, Jerry Short, Bill Wilson, Debra Reed (secretary)

  1. First and Second Year Afternoons. The Curriculum Committee has, within the last month, entertained multiple requests from Course Directors to use time in the unscheduled class free afternoons for optional review session. Each use the of the afternoon time slots has been reviewed, found reasonable and approved thus far, but it was agreed that we must "hold the line". Course directors must keep activities in the morning hours, with the exception of four hours for clinical activities each week, e.g. PoM-1 or 2 tutorials. Activities normally scheduled in the afternoon such as Introduction to Psychiatric Medicine small group work and other afternoon activities should be noted on the block schedule so actual course hours can be determined.

  2. Passports. Data is being accumulated on the effects of the passport system. A graduate student is preparing a dissertation using data collected from student evaluations, interviews, CPX evaluations. The Curriculum Committee requests to review the material when completed.

  3. Clerkship Patient Contact Log. Use of a patient log in select clerkships (AIM, Pediatrics, possibly Family Medicine) was discussed. The Committee would like to see this log, which contains patient contact information such as date, age, gender, primary diagnosis, and if presented to an attending, used for a period of time in all clerkships. This would help determine consistency over the various clerkship sites and the breadth of the experience in the clerkship. Dr. Wilson will discuss this with the Clinical Medicine Committee.

  4. Family Medicine Approach to Teaching Residents to Teach. Sim Galeska, Craig Seto and Lisa Rawlings provide a program to family medicine residents to enhance their teaching skills. They will be invited to a Curriculum Committee meeting in late February or March to discuss their efforts and whether they might be applied to other clerkships.

  5. PoM-2 Status Report. PoM-2 reports that further efforts to enhance clinical diagnostic skills cannot be accomplished without additional attending support. A fourth year teaching elective will need organizational support. Could this be expanded and organized through the Standardized Patient program?

  6. Small Group Exercises. It has been reported to the Committee that some of the optional small group sessions in the first and second year have been poorly attended. Whether these sessions should be made mandatory was discussed.

-Don Innes