Minutes 02.18.10

Minutes 02.18.10

University of Virginia School of  Medicine
Curriculum Committee

Pediatric Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.                       

Present (underlined) were: Gretchen ArnoldRobert Bloodgood, Megan Bray, Donna Chen, Eugene Corbett, Thomas Gampper, Wendy Golden, Donald Innes (Chair), Keith Littlewood, Jim Martindale, Veronica Michaelsen, Mohan Nadkarni, Chris Peterson, Jerry Short, Linda Waggoner-Fountain, Bill WilsonMary Kate Worden  Lisa Herrmann, Evan Lapinsky, Debra Reed

  1. Announcements.

    Medical Education week is next week (February 22 - February 26, 2011 ),  There are many activities open to members of the faculty.   Medical Education Research posters will be available in the corridor outside the Health Sciences Library all week.  There is an ADE Medical Education Poster reception, Health Sciences Library at 5:00 pm on Wednesday  2/24.   A complete schedule is listed at the end of these minutes.

    The Committee is invited to a special session of the Clinical Medicine, Principles of Medicine and Curriculum Committee on Monday, February 22nd at 5:00 p.m. in the Jordan Conference Center Auditorium.  Dr. David Hirsch, a 1992 graduate of the UVA School of Medicine and now an Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Scholar, The Academy at Harvard Medical School will speak on The Longitudinal Clerkship. What is a longitudinal clerkship?  How might this innovative approach to medical education inform the future of our UVA Clerkship and Advanced Clinical Instruction? 

    The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) is the accrediting body for the University of Virginia.  Periodically individual schools in the accredited institutions are reviewed.  The Curriculum Committee was asked to meet with the SACS reviewers on 3/9/10 at 2:30 p.m.   Please mark your calendars.  The SACS report will be send to the Curriculum Committee members prior to 3/9/10.

    Tom Parsons, Chair of Microbiology, recently announced that Dr. Chris Burns will join the faculty on 3/1/10 and will be heading all efforts in the Department related to medical microbiology education

    Stephen Borowitz will meet with the Curriculum Committee on 3/4/10 to discuss the integration of EMR/Epic into the medical school curriculum.  Dr. Borowitz will discuss possible scenarios, probably scenarios and timelines.

  2. Article of Interest

    Learning Styles.  Concepts and Evidence.  Pashler H, McDaniel M, Rohrer D, Bjork R:  Learning Styles.  Psychological Science 9(3): 105-119, 2009.

  3. Placement of Epidemiology in the Curriculum.

    Evan Lapinski brought up an issue raised by several students regarding the Clinical Epidemiology course.   SMD12 is taking the mostly online Epi course during this 4th block of the second year. There is a strong sentiment that the course's placement in the curriculum is not ideal. This block is easily the most stressful and busy, as students are attempting to keep up with current coursework, review path/pharm for cumulative exams, and begin broad review for Step 1. There are also significant POM2 commitments in this block (UTA/GTA sessions, H+P final, multiple evening patient labs).

    Students feel they are not able to put sufficient effort into the Epi course to get a lot out of it, and the weekly small group prep and meetings take up time that students feel they could better utilized in other ways. The students argued that they would rather have had Epi at any other point in the 1st two years, either earlier in 2nd year or sometime in 1st year. Students would have more time for the course, and that the course director and small group leaders would recognize an increase in the engagement and preparedness of students. 

    Through email discussions with SMEC reps and student body leaders from SMD11, it is clear that their class (who also had the online version of the course) had similar feelings around this time last year. With the new curriculum, this will be a moot point for SMD14 and subsequent classes. However, they are wondering if there may be time to alter the placement of the course for SMD13.

    The Curriculum Committee discussed the placement of EPI and while sympathetic to the students' concerns, did not think it was possible to move the course at this late date and for the one remaining year of this curriculum schedule.     In the past, the course has been placed at other times during the second year and students expressed similar angst with that schedule as well.    Evan was asked to discuss with Dr. Denise Bonds, Course Director for Epidemiology the possibility of opening up the on-line portion of the course in the Fall of 2010 for those students who would like to complete this portion in the fall but the small group discussion will need to stay in the 1/11-3/11 portion of the year.  He will also discuss with her the possibility of linking epidemiology to the other course work students have in the 1/11-3/11 portion of the course, e.g. parasitology, hematology, which would make preparing for epidemiology more relevant to their other coursework.  This could help the students in preparing for the cumulative finals in Pathology and Pharmacology.

  4. Medicine Clerkship Leadership.

    The Curriculum Committee discussed the recent opening in the leadership of the Medicine Clerkship.




Medical Education Week

22-26 february 2010

visiting scholar in medical education
David A. Hirsh MD, UVA SMD 1992
Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Scholar, The Academy at Harvard Medical School

Recipient, first Anne L. Brodie Medical Education Scholar Award, UVA

visiting scholar events

Mon 22 Feb

5:00-6:00 pm, The Longitudinal Clerkship. Special Medical Education Lecture, Jordan Conference Center Auditorium. 

Tues 23 Feb

8:00-10:00 am, Department of Family Medicine faculty meeting. Family Medicine Conference Room.

12:00-1:00 pm, Faculty Medical Education Journal Club (D Hirsh article tba). Mock Learning Studio, Health Sciences Library 1212.

1:00-2:30 pm, A Conversation with Medical Students. Mulholland Lounge.

Wed 24 Feb

12:30-1:30 pm, Bringing the Patient Back into the Doctor's Education. Medical Center Hour, Jordan Conference Center Auditorium

5:00 pm, ADE Medical Education Poster reception, Health Sciences Library.                

Thurs 25 Feb

8:30-10:00 am, Scholarship in Medical Education. Faculty development session, with breakfast, Mock Learning Studio, Health Sciences Library 1212. Reserve a space: sps2s@virginia.edu

            Interested in meeting with Dr Hirsh? contact Gene Corbett (ecc9h@virginia.edu)


medical education event

Mon-Fri, 22-26 February, Medical Education Research Posters. Corridor outside the Health Sciences Library


Co-presented by the UVA School of Medicine, Academy of Distinguished Educators, Center for Biomedical Ethics & Humanities, and Brodie Medical Edu