Minutes 02.16.06

Minutes 02.16.06

University of Virginia School of  Medicine
Curriculum Committee

Surgery Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.                        

Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Gretchen Arnold, Eve Bargmann,  Daniel Becker, Robert BloodgoodGene Corbett, John Gazewood, Jennifer Harvey, Donald Innes (Chair),  Howard Kutchai, Marcus Martin, Chris Peterson, Jerry Short, Bill Wilson,  Anthony DeBenedet, Sixtine ValdelievreDebra Reed (secretary)  

  1. Isabel.  Gretchen Arnold updated the Committee on the Isabel system soon to be available in the Health Sciences Library.  Members of the Curriculum Committee and the Clinical Medicine Committee attended a demonstration of the system.    This is not a decision support system but rather a totally new way to research the literature. The Curriculum Committee agreed that systems such as this will become common in the practice of medicine and our students should be taught how to use them intelligently.   The systems links symptoms/physical findings to relevant medical literature.  One individual expressed concerns about the quality of Isabel.  [Steve Borowitz with extensive experience in health care computer systems has concluded this is one of the best available systems at this time.]

  2. Clerkship Reviews .  The Self-Study Reports for all the Clerkships with the exception of Internal Medicine were sent to the Committee members last week.  Members were asked to review these reports carefully.   Several of the clerkship directors have already been scheduled to meet with the Committee to discuss their report. 

                March 2           Family Medicine  (Karen Maughan, Anne Mounsey)
                March 9           Psychiatric Medicine (Pam Herrington)
                March 23         Neurology (David Geldmacher)
                March 30         OB/GYN  (Megan Bray)
                April 13            Pediatrics (Bill Wilson)
  3. Clerkships/Electives/Selectives and Basic Science Courses.    How to best monitor the content, depth, breadth, current relevance of curriculum [ED-37] as well as how to remove/add material from the curriculum was discussed. The Committee seeks ways to improve our system of monitoring the content of the curriculum to insure that we are providing the best medical education possible.  The faculty member responsible for teaching the material, with the guidance of the course director, is perhaps the best person to decide what should be taught. The knowledge and skills to be taught should be expressed as objectives. All directors are required to have learning objectives in place for both the course as well as for the individual lectures. The Curriculum Committee should regularly review these objectives. Course and Clerkship/Elective/Selective directors are to report annually to the Curriculum Committee that they have reviewed the content of their course for relevance. Directors may wish to set up an internal (departmental) review committee such as the one in Pediatrics to monitor the content of their curriculum. Student evaluations also provide insight to the Curriculum Committee as to whether objectives are being met. This discussion will continue at a subsequent meeting.

  4. The next meeting will be March 2, 2006 :
    • Clerkship review: Family Medicine  (Anne Mounsey)
    • First year “Foundations” schedule proposals (Bob Bloodgood)

Donald Innes