Minutes 03.07.02

Minutes 03.07.02

University of Virginia School of Medicine

Curriculum Committee

Minutes 03.07.02

Pediatric Pathology Conference Room, 4:00 PM

Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Robert Bloodgood, Victoria Camerini, Anita Clayton, Al Connors, Gene Corbett, Donald Innes (Chair), Howard Kutchai,Nelle Linz, Jerry Short, Bill Wilson, Debra Reed (secretary)

  1. Elective in Puerto Rico. A proposal has been submitted for a 4th year elective in Puerto Rico. This is part of an association which is developing between our school and the Hospital Interamericano De Medicina Avanzada in Caguas. There was general agreement that this type of experience was to be encouraged. The proposal will go to the Clinical Electives Director, Meg Keeley with the Clinical Medicine Committee as advisors.

  2. Suture Workshop. The Committee discussed the merits of the proposal from Curt Tribble to include a suture workshop into the Principles of Medicine II course. A syllabus will be requested from Dr. Tribble. This proposal will be reconsidered after the syllabus is provided. Whether this should become a part of PoM-2, part of the transition course prior to third year clerkships or placed somewhere else in the curriculum was discussed. The Committees stance that if something is added to the Curriculum, something else must be eliminated was reiterated. While more hands-on experience is encouraged in the first two years of medical school, care must be taken when selecting the activities.

  3. Grading Proposal. Robert Bloodgood and Al Conners presented the revised Grading Proposal to the Committee. This proposal includes both first and second year in the Pass/Fail system. The proposal would be initiated for the class of 2007 (entering in the fall of 2003). The proposal was approved with minor changes and will be submitted to the Dean with a letter of endorsement from the Curriculum Committee.

  4. A second Grading Subcommittee will be assembled to research and make recommendations on the clerkship grading process.

-Don Innes