Minutes 02.13.03

Minutes 02.13.03

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee

Pediatric Pathology Conference Room, 4:00 pm

Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Robert Bloodgood, Anita Clayton, Lisa Coray, Gene Corbett, Donald Innes (Chair), Vern Juel, Howard Kutchai, Jerry Short, Nikhil Rao, Bill Wilson, Brian Wispelwey, Debra Reed (secretary)

  1. Reminder - The Curriculum Committee will meet on the first, second and third Thursday of each month but not on the fourth Thursday unless a special meeting is called.

  2. Clerkship Schedule. Current and alternative schedules for the clerkships were discussed.

    Finding the right sequence and digitation of basic science and clinical learning are of great concern to the Curriculum Committee. Optimal use of the limited time and content determination of each phase and each course make for difficult decisions. The committee began discussion of remodeling the clerkship period. 8-week periods would allow greater flexibility in clerkships and are clearly feasible. An 8-week model was distributed. The possibility of shortening or lengthening selected clerkships was considered. Redistribution of time such as replacing weeks of clerkship with required selective time in fourth year was also discussed. The committee was enthusiastic about the opportunity to bring Neurology back into the clerkship fold. The idea of shifting time from the second basic science year into the clerkships was also suggested.

    Value and cost of first and second year preceptorship programs were reviewed. The possibility and importance of active faculty mentoring (one afternoon per / week ? 2-weeks? month?) in first and second year is not only a viable alternative to the preceptorship programs, but may be preferable.

    Patient population, number of faculty, and educational spaces resources versus size of the medical student body was discussed. Carolyn Engelhard, who did research on this subject will be invited to discuss this with the committee.

    The committee would like to explore an alliance with Martha Jefferson, Agusta and Rockingham hospitals for teaching medical students. This will be important to allow for innovation in the curiculum, e.g. shifting the clerkship year back a month or two will require additional sites for students to prevent a dilution of the clinical learning experience.

    Curriculum Committee members were reminded that they are not representing specific departments or fields of study but rather individuals dedicated to the best in medical education trying to put together the best possible program for our medical students.

Don Innes