Minutes 03.06.03

Minutes 03.06.03

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee

Pediatric Pathology Conference Room, 4:00 pm

Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Robert Bloodgood, Anita Clayton, Lisa Coray, Gene Corbett, Donald Innes (Chair), Vern Juel, Howard Kutchai, Jerry Short, Nikhil Rao, Bill Wilson, Brian Wispelwey, Ryan Zaklin, Debra Reed (secretary)

  1. Intellectual Honesty. HK cited a recent article studying undergraduate education that revealed ~27% of undergraduates observed cheating and ~95% of those who observed cheating did not report it. Some thought this might be because of the single sanction rule which allows no differentiation in the extent of the cheating incident. Whether this is also true in the Medical School was debated. At present, students are given alternative sites to take exams but exams are not proctored. Some members questioned whether we are "putting temptation" in front of our students, making it easy to cheat. The University of Virginia Honor Code does not delineate examination policy - the professor or course director is responsible for setting the rules for each examination. Others questioned whether students who are by and large honest and trustworthy be penalized by restrictions imposed to discourage cheating by the minority of students. It is anticipated that implementation of P/F next year will decrease medical student stress and in turn, some of the pressure to cheat. The issue is one of professionalism. How can we better prepare our students for the responsibilities of medical practice? The Committee expressed an interest in meeting with Professor Pat Werhane who is exploring approaches to similar professional issues in the Darden School.

  2. Faculty and department reward and accountability for the core mission of medical education was discussed. The interplay of teaching, research and clinical responsibilities is difficult to balance for faculty and departments. Reemphasis and clarification of the teaching mission as a core responsibility of departments and faculty is needed. In addition, faculty and departments need clarification of the funding mechanism for the teaching mission and a working method of accountibility.

 Don Innes