University of Virginia School of Medicine
Surgery Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.
Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Gretchen Arnold, Eve Bargmann, Daniel Becker, Robert Bloodgood, Gene Corbett, Wendy Golden, Donald Innes (Chair), Howard Kutchai, Marcus Martin, Chris Peterson, Jerry Short, Bill Wilson, Devin Mackay, Kavita Sharma, Guest: Randolph Canterbury, Debra Reed (secretary)
Cerkship Grades for 06-07. Clerkship grades continue to be submitted within the time frame indicated by the LCME.
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Epidemiology Placement in the Curriculum. A student proposal sent to Devin McKay regarding the placement of Epidemiology in the Curriculum was discussed. The proposal was to move Epidemiology to the end of the first year (May-June session) as this might be useful for students doing literature searches etc. during summer research projects. Steve Heim, Epidemiology Course Director, thought that it would be difficult to recruit faculty for small groups during this time period. He also believes that the course is best at the end of the second year so the info is fresh when students begin their clinical work. He noted that the course has been oriented toward clinical decision making and choosing therapy. The Committee agreed with Dr. Heim's assessment. We will look into the possibility of adding an optional Epidemiology session designed for summer research students at the end of the first year (May-June) or at the beginning of the summer research period.
Admissions Discussion Randolph Canterbury, Associate Dean and Chair of the Admissions Committee, discussed admissions policies and procedures with the Committee. The Admissions Committee is made up of nineteen faculty members and eight fourth year medical students. The School of Medicine received over 4000 applications this year, up 9.7% from last year. Applications are initially prioritized by academic record and MCAT scores. Beth Bailey, Assistant Dean for Admissions, reviews all applications. Invitations for interviews with the Admissions Committee are extended to 550 candidates (2007). These interviews take place between September and March. Each applicant meets with two admissions committee members (two faculty or one faculty and one student member). The Committee meets weekly throughout the interview season and makes decisions on applicants reviewed that week. In 2007, 320 offers will be extended to obtain a class size of 142. Application requirements include >90 undergraduate credit hours , one year biology with laboratory, one year physics with laboratory, one year chemistry with laboratory and one year organic chemistry with laboratory. Interviewers judge the applicants on academic record, letters of recommendation, healthcare experience, altruistic and other activities, and their personal statement. Interviewers are looking for professionalism, poise, maturity and interpersonal skills.
Tuition rates ($31,000/yr in-state and 40,100/yr out of state) are high with the total cost of one year of medical school for in-state students is estimated at approximately $55,000 and $65,000 for out of state students.
PoM2 Proposal. Brian Wispelwey, Course Director for PoM2, submitted a proposal to add a one-week block of general surgery to the PoM2 curriculum. This would require partial replacement of the current allergy block. This allergy block comes immediately after the pulmonary section and prior to the gastroenterology section. Significant overlap between pulmonary and allergy already exists given the asthma emphasis. Allergy will be merged with pulmonary, maintaining an allergy lecture and incorporating several cases from the allergy discussion set into the pulmonary sets. GI would then be expanded to three weeks with the last week being general surgery. Exposure to surgeons in the first two years is minimal and this proposal will help to correct this. The Curriculum Committee unanimously and enthusiastically supports this proposal.
Academy of Distinguished Educators (ADE) Third Medical Education Research Poster Session. The poster session was held on 2/12-16, 2007. Bob Bloodgood distributed a copy of the brochure containing abstracts from the ADE session.