University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee
Minutes 02.10.00

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, Mark Mikkelsen for Robb Williams, Debra Reed (Secretary)

  1. Don Innes and Mark Mikkelsen held an open forum for the medical student body on 2/8/00 from noon until 1:00 p.m. to discuss the current curriculum revisions. All medical students were informed via e-mail of the forum, unfortunately, only five attended. An article prepared by Don Innes and Jerry Short on the curriculum for Academic Medicine will be placed on the WEB to inform students of our progress and as soon as the Strategic Plan for the Medical School is complete, links will be made from the Curriculum WEB site to the education section of the Strategic Plan.

  2. A tentative first year schedule compiled by Don Innes from both retreat data and correspondence with involved course directors was distributed to the Committee members for their input. There is an average of about 28 hours of class time per week in the Fall and 24 hours per week in the Spring. Course directors will be asked to get together with faculty who teach in corresponding courses to discuss content with the intent of coordinating the material presented to the students.

  3. Gary Owen, Director of the MD/PhD program, has been consulted about his programs correlation with the proposed first year curriculum. Integration between the two programs has been accomplished in the tentative schedule to the satisfaction of the MD/PhD program.

  4. The Committee recommended that optional technology, library, stress management and study workshops be incorporated into the common lunch hour for the year 2000-01 curriculum and might spill over one-half hour into the students free afternoons if necessary.

-Don Innes