Mintues 02/19/09

Mintues 02/19/09

University of Virginia School of  Medicine
Curriculum Committee

Pediatric Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.                       

Present (underlined) were: Gretchen Arnold,  Dan 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:

    An article from the 2/18/09 NY Times entitled "Student Expectations Seen as Causing Grade Disputes" By Max Roosevelt was distributed to the Committee.

    The Medpedia project opened its site after a year in development by the Harvard, Stanford, and Michigan the Schools of Medicine and the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. The founder of Lotus is also a driving force. John Jackson explained in an email that Medpedia is a wiki, similar to Wikipedia, but edited by medical professionals with a minimum of a MD or PhD. The initial intended audience is the general public, but there is a model to recognize academics for publishing work in Medpedia.  They also have set up tools to support networking between professionals in related fields. There is a substantial amount of information in Medpedia on day one, but John predicts that it will grow quickly. http:/

    A brochure from the Harvard Medical School - Department of Continuing Education - Principles of Medical Education: Maximizing Your Teaching Skills was distributed.  An in-house  program of this nature might be valuable for the UVA School of Medicine faculty.

    Offers to meet with the Basic Science and Clinical Chairs and/or their faculty to discuss the "Next Generation" curriculum have been made.  The Departments of Cell Biology, Medicine, Neurology, OB/GYN, and Otolaryngology have responded.  Others attended the Open House held on Monday, 2/16/09 in New Jordan Hall.   Feedback received at the Open House has been valuable.   A second Open House is scheduled for Tuesday,  2/24/09 1:30 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.  All faculty have been invited.  The Curriculum Committee seeks to involve all faculty in the curriculum process. 

  2. Interprofessional Education (IPE) Initiative - Chris Peterson

    The UVA IPE Initiative is a collaborative project developed by administrators, faculty and students from the Schools of Nursing and Medicine whose goal is to facilitate the sustained integration of interprofessional education into the curricula of both medical and nursing students in order to improve the quality of healthcare education at the University of Virginia.

    Competencies required of both the nursing and medical student include interdisciplinary collaboration.


    1) Provide an opportunity for faculty and students who are interested in IPE to brainstorm and share future-directed visionary ideas related to this important topic and how it may be integrated into UVA health professions education.
    2) Design a structure for a standing Interprofessional Curriculum Committee made up of faculty and student representatives from both the SOM and the SON
    3) Refine the nationally-recognized objectives of IPE in order to link them clearly and strategically with the established curricular competencies and objectives of the SOM and SON in ways that facilitate faculty and student involvement in IPE and promote creative curriculum development. Consider competencies and objectives that do not currently exist but will be essential to the future training of our students.
    4) Develop proposals for how IPE can be integrated into the curricula of the SOM and SON
        a. Pilot project (grant application to ADE)
        b. Sustained project (grant application to Macy Foundation)

    The Task Force is made up of:
    Co-Chairs: SoN - Tina Brashers, Suzanne Burns.  SoM - Chris Peterson, Terry Saunders Faculty: SoN - Sarah Delgado, Mikel Gray, Dorothy Tullman
    SoM - Gene Corbett, Peter Ham, Marcus Martin Students: SoN -Alicia Dean, Allison Rowe, Tara Albrecht
    SoM - Harmony Caton, James Edwards Consultant: Mattie Schmitt (Emerita U of Rochester)

    The first meeting of the Task Force was held on Monday Feb 16. Dean Dorrie Fontaine and Associate Dean Don Innes presented their statements of support (and enthusiasm) on behalf of their respective Schools. Mattie Schmitt presented an overview of the historical background and progress of IPE in the US so far. {She believes that IPE is students learning about, from, and then with each other. She believes we should actively investigate the hypothesis that IPE results in better patient outcomes.] Discussion ensued and centered on why IPE is important for UVa now, what is going on at UVa, how to achieve "buy-in" from decision-makers, and ideas for the future. Dr. Brashers is collating responses to her post-meeting query about the main points attendees took away from the meeting and each participant's ideas for next steps.

    The Task Force will develop a structure for implementation of interdisciplinary studies beginning with a pilot project and then seek funding for a more ambitious project from the Harvard Macy Foundation.  

    The Committee offered suggestions on implementation such as:
    a) Make sure the objectives are measurable.
    b) Make use of the Simulation Center.
    c) Think about shadowing of personnel and/or trading roles
    d) Add a line to the passport stating that an interdisciplinary task as performed

  3. Preliminary Layout of Renal System.  Don Innes presented a very preliminary layout of the renal system to the Committee.     This low-tech method will likely be used in the development of the other systems.  Numerous comments and suggestions were offered.     

Donald Innes