Minutes 02.24.00

Minutes 02.24.00

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee
Minutes 02.24.00

Pediatric Pathology Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.

Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Robert Bloodgood, Anita Clayton, Al Connors, Gene Corbett, Joanna Goldberg, Donald Innes (Chair), Steven Meixel, Jerry Short, Bill Wilson, Robb Williams (Mark Mikkelsen), Debra Reed (Secretary)


  1. The issue of Anatomy class time on Wednesday and Friday mornings versus afternoons has been resolved. Anatomy laboratories will be held the last two hours of scheduled time on Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the fall of the 1st year.

  2. Meeting have been scheduled for next week (3/1 and 3/3) for both spring first year course directors and fall first year course directors to finalize the 2000-01 first year schedule. As soon as a date/time can be arranged, second year course directors will also meet. The exam schedule will be discussed at these meetings. It is hoped that more coordination of subject matter between courses can be achieved through these meetings.

  3. Discussion has been initiated regarding acknowledgement of compensation for both course directors and faculty who teach medical students.

  4. Bob Bloodgood outlined a proposal for yearly self-study reports for the Basic Science Courses.

The evaluation process is important for improving individual courses, as a tool for the Curriculum Committee to evaluate the courses and overall curriculum, and as a ready source of information for the LCME. Basically, we need to know
a) did the students learn the objectives,
b) was the learning process a positive experience, and
c) is the course as well designed as it could be?
In addition to the student and faculty evaluations, the self study reports should include course objectives, course schedule, analysis of new initiatives tried during the current year with outcomes and recommendations for the future, proposed initiatives for following year with strategies to address concerns and a summary.
Evaluations should be computerized, centralized and uniform to be best used for comparison.
The committee was concerned that a yearly self-evaluation might be too labor intensive and that evaluations every other year might be appropriate. In-house review of the course self evaluations would be undertaken by the Curriculum Committee or an appointed subcommittee with an outside professor(s) participating in the review every other time each course was evaluated (every 4 years). Outside review would also require funding.
Work will begin on a uniform evaluation form (Bob Bloodgood; Al Connors; Jerry Short; Mark Mikkelsen). Jerry Short will try to attain copies of evaluation forms used by other medical schools to help in our process.

-Don Innes