Minutes 02.26.04

Minutes 02.26.04

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee


Surgery Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.                       

Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Eve Bargmann,  Robert Bloodgood,  Anita Clayton,  Gene Corbett, Carl Creutz,  Donald Innes (Chair),  Vern Juel, Howard Kutchai, Chris Peterson, Jerry Short, Linda Watson,  Bill Wilson, Brian Wispelwey, John Bell,  Maria Meussling,  Debra Reed (secretary)

  1. Internet access in lecture halls.  Consideration is being given to installing wireless internet access in the Jordan Hall lecture halls. Problems such as the lack of appropriate desk space are of concern. Before wireless service is installed we should understand how it is to be used in the medical school lecture hall? 

  2. Foundations of Medicine and Core Systems Curriculum Retreat.    Reports generated from the 2/5/04 Curriculum Retreat were distributed to the Committee.   

    From further discussion it is proposed that the first year begin one week earlier than the current start date. The second year would begin as it does currently to allow 10 weeks (full 8 weeks of research and 2 weeks of vacation).  The Core Systems course work would need to end by ~ March 15-20. 

    There is effectively a 2-week gain in the first year.  Assuming approximately 6 weeks of 2nd year instructional material is to be moved to Year 1, then approximately 4 weeks of instructional material needs to be cut from the current Year 1 material.  This represents about 85-90 hours of instructional time.  The Committee agreed with the recommendation that cuts be targeted as much as possible, allowing that some across the board cuts may be necessary.  PoM1 and Behavioral Medicine have agreed to some targeted cuts and this would be considered if across the boards cuts were needed.  

    Small subgroups will work with various courses to achieve “best practice” proportionality and sequence. For example, surgeons and general practitioners might work with the Anatomy course director to refine the educational objectives and skills to be learned in Anatomy.

    The Second year group has begun to discuss what material should be moved into the short segment ending the first year. Current thinking is to move introductory material and endocrine/OBGYN and Pediatric and possibly geriatric material.  This is under discussion, and still very much “in chalk dust” format.

  3.  The need for increasing the number of 2-week and flexible 2-4 week electives will be sent to the Clinical Medicine Committee.

Donald J. Innes