Minutes 03.01.07

Minutes 03.01.07

University of Virginia School of  Medicine
Curriculum Committee

Surgery Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.                       

Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Gretchen Arnold, Eve Bargmann,  Daniel Becker, Robert BloodgoodGene CorbettWendy Golden, Donald Innes (Chair),  Howard Kutchai, Marcus Martin, Chris Peterson, Jerry Short, Bill WilsonDevin Mackay, Kavita  Sharma,  Debra Reed (secretary) 

  1. Follow-up on Summer Medical Spanish.  Student registration fees are required for a medical Spanish course if offered in the summer break as part of the second year.  Students register and pay a comprehensive fee covering one or more courses.  The 2007 comprehensive fee for Virginia residents is $234.00 and for non-Virginia residents is $241.00.  The fee covers health insurance, registration, and a transcript.

  2. PoM2 Proposal.  The PoM2 proposal discussed and fully supported by the Curriculum Committee at the Feruary8, 2007 is being implemented.

  3. PoM-1 Course Director Update.   Interviews are now being conducted for the PoM1 Course Director position.  There were 8 candidates and 5 have already been interviewed.

  4. Follow-up on Epidemiology Placement in the Curriculum.  At the February 8 meeting the Curriculum Committee suggested adding an optional Epidemiology session designed for summer research students at the end of the first year (May-June) or at the beginning of the summer research period. The summer research program director believes that the Summer Research Program provides this training to the students during the program when needed.

  5. Class of 2009 Selective/Elective Curriculum.    (48 weeks required in 59 week period:  March 31, 2008 - May 16, 2009; vacation and interviews - 11 weeks)

      Internal Medicine

    2 X 2 weeks
    2 X 2 weeks
    2 weeks
    2 weeks

    12 weeks

    Advanced Clinical Elective (ACE)

      4 weeks



      32 weeks

    36 weeks



    48 weeks

  6. The Committee endorsed this selective/elective schedule for the Class of 2009.  The Committee discussed the possibility of requiring two Advanced Clinical Electives but decided to keep the requirement at one for the next year and then reevaluate in 2008. The possibility of not requiring but rather "incentivising" the second ACE was discussed. 

  7. Patient Clinician Encounter Program (PCEP).  The spring first year PCEP, organized by John Gazewood, has been most successful and appreciated by students. It provides a strong motivational incentive for young physicians in training. The fall section ran concurrently with Psychiatry patient interviews, H&Ps, PoM-2 tutorials and the Harvey, CV, and Pulmonary clinical sessions. Student evaluation of the first year program remains good but the Fall Second Year suffers because there are already many afternoon requirements during that period in the Curriculum. Dr. Gazewood is in favor of dropping the fall section. It is recommended that the Fall Second Year program be suspended. The Curriculum Committee supports this decision with no objections.

  8. Principles of Medicine Committee Report.  Bob Bloodgood briefed the Committee on recent activities in the Principles of Medicine Committee.

    The Curriculum Committee discussed the formaldehyde training issue in the Anatomy Course.  The committee was unanimous in requiring all First year medical students to participate in the formaldehyde training.    Melanie McCollum will notify the medical students that the formaldehyde training is a requirement of the School of Medicine and is being done for their own protection.

    The Principles Committee is continuing to work on the project to record and post lectures and this occupied much of Principles of Medicine Committee meeting this month.  They have hit a bit of a snag about procedure.  Whether to record all lectures and then sort out which ones are to be allowed to be posted (pending approval from course directors and individual lecturers) or to get approvals first and then selectively record. Details at:


    Lecture attendance based on self-reported data:





    It is clear that there is a significant drop-off in lecture attendance in the Spring of the second year (Semester 4 of Medical school) for both classes studied through semester 4 (Class of 2006- and 2007).

    Lecture attendance in semesters 1-4 was not affected by a switch to Pass/Fail grading (if anything, attendance was a big better)

    Lecture attendance in semesters 1-2 was not affected by the new curriculum introduced with the Class of 2009.

    Lecture attendance in semester 3 was affected by the new curriculum (decreased almost to the level seen for semester 4 in Class of 2006 and 2007).

    Interesting to note that attendance in semester 1 increased from Class of 2006 to Class of 2007, from Class of 2007 to Class of 2009 and From Class of 2009 to 2010.
  9. Learning Through Service   An article from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine regarding "Learning Through Service" was distributed. 

Donald Innes