Minutes 02.17.05

Minutes 02.17.05

University of Virginia School of  Medicine
Curriculum Committee

Surgery Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.                        

Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Eve BargmannRobert Bloodgood,  Anita Clayton,  Gene Corbett, John Gazewood, Donald Innes (Chair),  Howard Kutchai, Marcus Martin, Chris Peterson, Jerry Short, Linda Watson,  Bill Wilson, Brian Wispelwey, Nnaemeka Anyadike, Michael Richardson, Debra Reed (secretary)

  1. Review of the Biochemistry course.  Drs. Hockensmith (Course Director) and Noramly (Course Coordinator) met with the Curriculum Committee to discuss recent evaluations and adjustments to the Biochemistry course.  Dr. Hockensmith reviewed the previous 2-3 year history of the course and detailed changes he and Selena Noramly had implemented.

    The feedback from the 2004 student evaluations was discussed in depth. 

    New faculty participated in a Teaching Resource Center workshop prior to the start of the course and faculty were encouraged to tape at least one lecture for critique by the Teaching Resource Center . Further adjustments to these lectures will be made before next year's course. 

    The course content with minor adjustments such as adding the clotting cascades and nutrition is believed to be appropriate.  

    Work will continue to improve lecture notes for a more consistent format - all to have an outline, objectives, and updated figures.  All notes will be reviewed in depth prior to the course next year.

    Much discussion focused on the grading policy and will be further discussed later.

    The knowledge base of incoming students varies substantially.  Approximately half the class has had undergraduate Biochemistry and the other half have not.  The students with the lowest grades in the Biochemistry course usually have little or no biochemistry background prior to medical school.   Undergraduate biochemistry is not a prerequisite to be admitted to the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

    Examination questions will be reviewed this year.  Selina Noramly will be attending a workshop this summer on writing good exam questions. 

    A select group of students next year will be asked to complete an evaluation form on each faculty and meet with Selina to discuss them.

    The Curriculum Committee will meet to discuss the Biochemistry course review and a letter will be sent to Dr. Hockensmith outlining recommendations for the course. 

Donald Innes