Mintues 02/12/09

Mintues 02/12/09

University of Virginia School of  Medicine
Curriculum Committee

Pediatric Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.                       

Present (underlined) were: Gretchen ArnoldDan Becker, Robert Bloodgood, Megan Bray, Eugene Corbett, Thomas Gampper, Wendy Golden, Donald Innes (Chair), Keith Littlewood, Veronica Michaelsen, Mohan Nadkarni, Chris Peterson, Jerry Short, Linda Waggoner-Fountain, Bill Wilson, Mary Kate Worden, Jason Franasiak, Kira Mayo, Debra Reed (secretary)

  1. Announcements:

    Don Innes, Veronica Michelsen and Troy Buer have scheduled meetings with the leaders of the systems development teams.

    An  "Open House" to discuss plans for the "Next Generation" Undergraduate Medical Education Curriculum will be held Monday, February 16 and Tuesday, February 24 from 1:30 until 4 pm in the Jordan Conference Center 2A-C.  Members of the Curriculum Committee are encouraged to attend.   As the curriculum develops more dates may be scheduled.  

    The two curriculum posters hanging outside the Health Sciences Library are also now on the Curriculum website:

    Competencies Defined for the Degree of Doctor of Medicine at the University of Virginia

    Professionalism Education: A Student Perspective

    Another poster is in production that will outline the new curriculum changes.

    Don Innes will meet with the first year class for a lunch time meeting soon to discuss the curriculum and get their input and ideas.

  2. "Next Generation" Undergraduate Medical Education Curriculum

    Don Innes would also be willing to attend departmental faculty meetings to discuss the new curriculum if departments are interested.   Faculty "buy in" is essential.

    It was suggested that an overview of the new curriculum as well as the rationale behind the change be added to the Curriculum website.

    While the curriculum revision may seem daunting when viewed as a whole, individual portions are much easier to handle. Many changes, including an increase in class size, a move to a new building, a downturn in availability of funding, change in the methods of teaching and the revamp of the curriculum are daunting but doable.  The key to the development process is to envision the final product. 

  3. Faculty Development. Faculty development is key to implementation of the new system based curriculum. While the TAM course was a step in the right direction, more practical courses on the "nuts and bolts" of developing objectives and case based learning are necessary. These courses should be more focused and require less faculty time overall. They should also be offered to all interested faculty not just invited faculty. Creating these courses and arranging for faculty time to take them was discussed. Dean's Office and Departmental support is essential.

    The Teaching Academy Coaching Program was discussed.  They will attempt to match coaches with faculty who need help in specific areas. 

Donald Innes