Minutes 03.04.04

Minutes 03.04.04

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, Nnaemeka Anyadike, John Bell,  Maria Meussling,  Debra Reed (secretary)

  1. Extension of Foundations and Core Systems D & D Team efforts by a series of mini-reviews to help us complete an overview of the curriculum allowing us to gain a more complete understanding of the current programs and plan for the future.  Teams will asked to look to update what and how material is taught, keeping in mind that while there is a block of underlying basic knowledge, this knowledge has a “limited” value of life span and our students will continue to learn after they leave our courses.  The teams will be asked to determine the needed adjustments to their courses as well as issues of sequence, integration and overlap.  Results of the meetings should be shared with the Curriculum Committee at the March 25 meeting.

  2.  Schedule for 2004-2005 - Academic Years 1 & 2.  Bob Bloodgood, Co-chair of the Principles of Medicine Committee presented a proposed schedule for the first and second years 04-05.    In the first year, the schedule begins one week earlier than in 03-04 to allow for the Cells to Society Program and is otherwise unchanged.  The second year is virtually the same as 03-04. The Curriculum Committee discussed the first year exam schedule but it was determined that it should remain as is.   After the schedule is reviewed with Student Affairs, course directors will receive a copy and it will be posted on the web.

  3.  Elective  Proposal for a transition period schedule while Neurology is still a 4th year requirement & USMLE-2CS scheduling an unknown. 

    4th Year Transition Schedule for the 2004-2005 Calendar

    Academic Work
                27   Elective credits (27 elective credits)
                 4    Neurology - required (1 course credit)
                 1    Public Health - required (1 elective credit)
               32   Total academic work credits required

    Vacation & Free Time

                8 Free weeks
                4 Optional breaks (e.g., Thanksgiving, Winter, Spring)
              12 Total free weeks

    Recall that breaks are optional in the 4th year and can be used for scheduling elective work, e.g. spring break which is new for 2004-2005.

    It is also important to recognize that arranged electives are not constrained by the blocks which are set for scheduled activities, e.g. an ACE.

    The Committee was unanimous in agreeing that this schedule (above) is appropriate. Additional flexibility for the student’s schedule might be achieved by allowing more flexibility on elective length in the period before and after Match Day.  The Electives director will be encouraged to allow an assortment of one and two week electives for the period around Match Day to help in the scheduling of the mandatory Public Health requirement.  Students may also extend arranged electives across blocks, e.g. an elective might be two weeks in block 8 and one week in block 9. Dean Pearson will be asked to send a note to the Class regarding this decision.
  4. Continuing problems regarding H&Ps.   Students voiced concerns about their H&P training. The H&P exams have been recognized as a problem. The root of the H&P problem seems to lie with the small patient base available for H&P exams and lack of faculty/resident time/interest in helping the student acquire these skills. Furthermore the lack of a system of financial accountability for teaching allows for “no carrot or stick”. The committee eagerly anticipates a reasonable and honest financial plan for teaching where we will be in a better position to call for accountability. It was decided to devote the entire March 11 meeting to the teaching of the H&P exam as a continuum throughout the four academic years.  The Committee will look at ways to best teach H&P skills and address these concerns. 

    First and Second year schedule for 05-06.  Bob Bloodgood outlined the latest proposal for the first and second year schedule 05-06.  The proposal was approved.  See  below:

Schedule Proposal

Donald J Innes