Minutes 02.05.04

Minutes 02.05.04

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee


Surgery Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.                       


Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Eve Bargmann,  Robert Bloodgood,  Anita Clayton,  Gene Corbett, Carl Creutz,  Donald Innes (Chair),  Vern Juel, Howard Kutchai, Chris Peterson, Jerry Short, Linda Watson,  Bill Wilson, Brian Wispelwey, John Bell,  Maria Meussling, Guests: Steven Heim, Curtis Tribble,  Debra Reed (secretary)

  1. Clinical Epidemiology Self-Assessment. (Steven Heim) Dr. Heim presented an excellent report assessing the Clinical Epidemiology course. The report outlined the goals, objectives and grading policies. Assessment data from student evaluations was provided.

    The primary goals of the Clinical Epidemiology course are 1) to teach students to use epidemiologic tools and principles to make better clinical decisions and 2) to learn to apply epidemiologic principles to evaluate the medical literature critically.  The course strives to develop the student’s  “critical thinking” skills.  The thrust of the course is in understanding – not calculating statistics.

    The course consists of 22 hours of lecture with a small group case study discussion each week. Two new lectures were developed this past year to provide correlation with PoM2 – one regarding cholesterol drugs and the other mammographic screening.

    From evaluation data, students seem to prefer a more concentrated course in a shortened time period.  This might present difficulties in preceptor retention but will be considered in the future.  The Committee recommends further integration with PoM2.  Student comments regarding the case discussions were generally positive with the lectures less well-received.

    The Curriculum Committee recommends enhancing course materials on the web and expanding the Epidemiology curriculum into the third and fourth year.  Faculty development may be necessary to enhance Epidemiology instruction in the third and fourth years.

  2. Lifesaving Techniques Laboratory.  Dr. Tribble met with the Curriculum Committee to provide an overview of the Lifesaving Techniques Laboratory.

Donald Innes/dmr