Minutes 03.08.01

Minutes 03.08.01

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee
Minutes 03.08.01

Pediatric Pathology Conference Room, 4:00 pm

Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Robert Bloodgood, Victoria Camerini, Anita Clayton, Al Connors, Gene Corbett, Joseph Dubose (Alexandra Yamshchikov), Joanna Goldberg, Donald Innes (Chair), Jerry Short, Bill Wilson, Guests: Eve Bargmann, Debra Reed (Secretary),

  1. Exploratory Design Group. The Exploratory Design Group met on 3/7/01. A program design is under construction including the goals of the program and the sorts of activities to be included. The group will propose that the exploratory be approximately 40 hours per semester with as flexible schedule as possible.

  2. LCME Review. The Liaison Committee on Medical Education reviewed and accepted the School of Medicines progress report of 12/8/00. The LCME has requested an additional progress report be submitted by January 1, 2003 addressing the following issues:

    • Effectiveness of the new curriculum governance system
    • Progress in implementation of the new curriculum
    • Effectiveness of the new curriculum in reviewing course & clerkships
    • Short-term and long-term plans for addressing the need for small-group teaching space

    The next full accreditation survey is scheduled for the 2005-06 academic year.

  3. PoM-1 Progress Report. Eve Bargmann, co-director of the PoM-1 course, updated the Committee on PoM-1 - what worked well - the problems they encountered - adjustments planned for next year.

    The small groups, felt to be the heart of the PoM-1 course, were well received by both students and faculty. Excellent mentors were recruited. To achieve consistency in the small groups, mentors received training via WEB based videos and routinely scheduled mentor group discussions in the Fall. Weekly, e-mail missives from the course directors to both faculty and students kept each group updated.

    The directors felt that they may have tried to do too much in the small groups resulting in a excessively hurried pace. The number of topics covered next year in each small group will be pared down.

    While the lectures in PoM-1 were very well-received by the students, the course directors would like to enhance correlation with Anatomy, Physiology, Cell & Tissue, and Human Behavior. Next year, further attempts will be made to schedule the PoM-1 lectures on a given topic after the Anatomy/Physiology/Cell & Tissue discussion of the topic. Ideally, PoM-1 lectures should be just after the pertinent sections in the other courses.

    The Clinical Correlations were excellent and praised by the students. The PoM-1 students see a real patient at least once per month.

    This year course notes were distributed on the day of the lecture. Next year, course notes will be distributed to the students in advance of the lecture so that they may read through them and be more prepared for the lectures.

    Students reported that the PoM-1 midterm examination was more difficult than they had expected, however, 45% of the students received a grade of A and the rest Bs. Next year more exam preparation will be included. The proration of grades will also be adjusted next year - putting more emphasis on small group performance and quizzes thus reducing the importance of the midterm and final exam grade slightly.

    Occasionally, physician and non-physician mentors had difficulty finding their role in the small groups. Next year, orientation with both groups will be expanded and expectations outlined. Evaluations revealed that both the physician and non-physician mentors were highly valued by the students.

    Students appear to be very engaged in the study of medicine and seem to have a firm grasp on physical examination skills.

    The PoM-1 directors would like to be to introduce other subjects into the case discussions such as prevention, nutrition, health maintenance over the next few years.

    It was recommended that maybe new mentors could be advised to visit other small group sessions and/or have one of the veteran mentors attend a few of their sessions for advice.

    Increased integration with Human Behavior should also be considered in future planning.

  4. Pfizer Request For Proposals. Anita Clayton presented a proposal to submit a RFP to the Pfizer Pharmaceutical Group. a The Request for Proposals (RFP) invites institutions to evaluate and restructue their current curriculum plan to incorporate a multidisciplinary, comprehensive approach toward sexual health. The Committee supports this proposal and Dr. Clayton was advised to proceed. The Committee would also like to explore other such grant activity.

  5. Clinical Skills Passport. A copy of the Clinical Skills Passport Student Fact Sheet was distributed to the Committee.


 -Don Innes