Minutes 02.03.05

Minutes 02.03.05

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 (Acting Chair), Brian Wispelwey, Nnaemeka Anyadike, Michael Richardson, Debra Reed (secretary) 

  1. Biochemistry Review is scheduled for February 17.  The Committee would like the following materials from Joel Hockensmith/Selina Noramly/Jerry Short prior to the Biochemistry review.

    Jerry Short -

    Student evaluations and reports from the Dean's meetings with students (all 4 years and 1st year alone) and longitudinal data (over a number of years) on overall course grade in relation to other basic science courses.

    Joel Hockensmith -

    Statement of the Biochemistry grading policy and grade distributions for the last 4 years with notation of which (how many) students failed the course each of those years

    Self-assessment of main issues of concern to the director and the new course coordinator, Selina Noramly sn8d@virginia.edu

    Plans for coming 2005 year

  2. ED-2 developments - plan for July 2005.    Bill Wilson will be meeting with the Clinical Medicine Committee on Thursday, February 10, 2005 to develop a plan of action. The most difficult aspect will be monitoring compliance and how the clerkship adjusts to the needs of the student. Expectations must be clearly delineated and plans for midclerkship corrections must be outlined.  Questions regarding whether types of disease or types of symptoms need to be recorded and how best to track and monitor these items will need to be resolved.  Gene Corbett mentioned that AIM has a (computer) system in place that might be a model for this and/or modified to fulfill the ED-2 requirements.  The LCME has stipulated that log books will not be sufficient.   Tracking for ED-2 will need to be in place by July, 2005.    It is important that we note that expectations for the clerkship are not limited to ED-2 requirements and that multiple agendas for the students will need to be in place.

  3. Elective credits: The Committee discussed whether there should be some guidelines on clinical patient care electives versus non-clinical (Mulholland report, education, humanities, admissions)?  The Committee will ask Meg Keeley, Electives Director,  for data on numbers of students selecting non-clinical electives to determine how often, if ever,  abuse occurs.   The Committee thought that the Electives Director should stipulate the maximum number of non-clinical elective time allowed.   The extended elective period in the new curriculum and the requirement of the ACE electives should increase clinical elective time.  It was proposed that the Curriculum Committee consider increasing the requirement from 1 ACE elective to 2 ACE electives as there is concern as to the adequacy of clinical experience in the elective period.

  4. Summer Research Program.  A question was raised as to whether medical education research projects are reviewed fairly when seeking approval as a summer research activity.  The Committee thought the Academy of Distinguished Educators (Bob Kadner and Karen Johnston) might be the appropriate group to look into this.   Non-funded projects may be the unwritten issue.

  5. Clinical encounters in pre-clerkship period - John Gazewood - 1-2 hour experience weekly or every other week - connect to anatomy, physiology, etc.  Concerns from Student Affairs that students have will have too many afternoon sessions are being addressed. 

  6. Clinical Skills Education status - Brian Wispelwey, Michael Rein, Gene Corbett.  A meeting will be organized in the next week with Don Innes to begin implementation of this program.

  7. Future Agenda Item – Brian Wispelway would like to add a discussion regarding increasing HIV education in the curriculum (at present one hour lecture in Microbiology and one hour session in PoM2).

William G. Wilson