Minutes 03.09.00

Minutes 03.09.00

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee
Minutes 03.09.00

Pediatric Pathology Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.

Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Robert Bloodgood, Anita Clayton, Al Connors, Gene Corbett, Joanna Goldberg, Donald Innes (Chair), Steven Meixel, Jerry Short, Robb Williams (Subinoy Das), Bill Wilson, Debra Reed (Secretary)

  1. 2000-01 Proposed schedule 2000-01 for Year 1. First year spring and fall course directors met last week to finalize the 2000-01 proposed schedule. The Fall schedule allows for 5 mornings each week of class time with one afternoon for Anatomy and one for the Practice of Medicine course. The Spring semester consists of five mornings and one afternoon for the Practice of Medicine course. Many topics have been successfully integrated between courses. Further integration will be encouraged as the courses progress. Conflicts with the MSTP schedule have been largely eliminated or at least reduced to an acceptable level. The graduate biochemistry course is not optimally situated (Monday at 8 am) but several options exist for better placement. The biochemistry faculty have been helpful in working toward a palatable conclusion. We hope to have resolution within the week. Second year course directors will meet 3/21/00 to work on their schedule.

  2. Practice of Medicine Leadership. It was formally announced that Steve Meixel would be leaving UVA for an opportunity in Oklahoma. His contributions to medical education at UVA were many and he will be sorely missed. Steve's marvelous work and leadership on the Practice of Medicine course is such that his vision and goals for the course are certain to be accomplished. Don Innes has met with the Chairs of Family Medicine and the Chief of General Medicine and Geriatrics, enlisting their help in selection and recruitment of a Director for the Practice of Medicine Course.

  3. Medical Student Recruitment. Subinoy Das reported that on a national WEB site for prospective and current medical students, it was noted in a positive manner that UVA School of Medicine is now making revisions to its curriculum.

  4. Course and Faculty Evaluation. Members of the Curriculum Committee are invited to attend the Committee on Computers in Medical Education meeting on Tuesday, March 14, 12:30 pm in the ITC-HS Conference Room on the third floor of Hospital West. Logistics of online course and faculty evaluations will be discussed. It may be possible for the software to withhold individual grades until evaluation forms have been completed. While this would not maintain the total anonymity we have now, faculty would not have access to student names in relation to their comments. Evaluation recommendations might be placed on the WEB for students.

    Bob Bloodgood reported that a faculty member from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, which has online exams, is now acting as a consultant for other schools who are interested in this method. Security is the major concern in the use of online examinations.

  5. Practice of Medicine Draft Description. Steve Meixel distributed a draft of the description of the Practice of Medicine course. The Curriculum Committee offered suggestions for minor improvements and a final draft will be prepared and returned to the Committee.

-Don Innes
-DMR