University of Virginia School of
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),
- 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.
- 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 &
- 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
- 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
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
- 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
- Clinical Skills Passport. A copy of the Clinical Skills
Passport Student Fact Sheet was distributed to the Committee.