Minutes 02.03.00

Minutes 02.03.00

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee
Minutes 02.03.00

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 recruitment of Co-Directors for both the basic science courses and clerkships. The committee agreed that while it is easy to see the usefulness of a clinician co-director in the basic sciences, the role of the basic scientist in the clerkships is less defined. The Committee envisions the Co-Director reviewing the syllabi for the course for clinical relevance and making suggestions to the Course Director. The level of detail in each course should be addressed. A letter will soon be drafted to the course directors asking for suggestions of faculty members and/or the type of faculty (generalist, specialist, basic science) they would like to see recruited as consultant for their course. The Curriculum Committee will work with individual course directors to obtain the appropriate person for the position. It is anticipated that to be done properly, the first year of co-director participation will require more of the co-director's time than subsequent years. To entice faculty to participate, appropriate remuneration to the faculty member and/or departments will be addressed with the Dean. An "inter-course" dialogue between the clerkship directors to enhance interrelated topics was suggested.

  2. Bob Bloodgood distributed a procedure he has drafted for implementation of yearly Curriculum Committee course evaluations. Members were asked to review the handout and it will be discussed at the next Curriculum Committee meeting on 2/10/00.

  3. At the Dean's Town Meeting, the medical students expressed interest in another "Curriculum Open House" as many were unable to attend in January. Don Innes has offered to meet with the students during the lunch hour and is waiting to hear from student leaders regarding the date. It was suggested that a draft the of the article written by Don Innes and Jerry Short for "Academic Medicine" regarding the curriculum and/or the web address for the School of Medicine Strategic Plan (as soon as it's ready) be sent to the medical students as soon as possible.

Donald J Innes, M.D.