Minutes 03.09.06

Minutes 03.09.06

University of Virginia School of  Medicine
Curriculum Committee

Surgery Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.                        

Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Gretchen Arnold, Eve BargmannDaniel Becker, Robert BloodgoodGene Corbett, John Gazewood, Jennifer Harvey, Donald Innes (Chair),  Howard Kutchai, Marcus Martin, Chris Peterson, Jerry Short, Bill Wilson,  Anthony DeBenedet, Sixtine ValdelievreDebra Reed (secretary) Guest:  Pamila Herrington


  1. Psychiatric Medicine Clerkship Review.  Pam Herrington, Director of the Psychiatric Medicicine Clerkship, met with the committee to discuss the recent review.  The linkage from the UVA 12 Competencies Required of the Contemporary Physician to the specific objectives of the Psychiatric Medicine clerkship was clearly expressed and should be a model for other clerkships.  Equivalency of experiences across the clerkship sites was discussed.  Due to the nature of each clerkship site, the individual experiences can vary, however, the basic core experience as delineated in the objectives is equitable across sites.  Dr. Herrington pointed out that the passport helps to assure a standard experience across all the sites.  Some students commented in the Mulholland report that they would like more patient care duties on this rotation and Dr. Herrington feels that this will improve with the rotation of students through Rucker 3 in the coming year.   Dr. Herrington noted that changes are made each year she is always seeing ways to make the clerkship a better experience for the students.  Dr. Herrington plans to develop a series of Powerpoint presentations that would form a core to be used at all sites for lectures.  Administrative support for the course is adequate. 

    The Curriculum Committee thanked Dr. Herrington for a fine review and praised her for her commitment to the Psychiatric Medicine Clerkship.

  2. Cumulative Honors Grading Program.  (Bob Bloodgood)  The Curriculum Committee discussed the recommendation from the Principles of Medicine Committee that cumulative honors be eliminated from the pass/fail grading system with the Class of 2010.   Dr. Bloodgood outlined the reasons for elimination of the cumulative honors program, among them, data from various student surveys.  It is believed that elimination of the Cumulative Honors program will result in decreased stress for first and second year students and have no effect on residency selection. The Curriculum Committee endorsed the proposal with the modification that it become effective with the Class of 2011 (not the Class of 2010) because of admissions considerations. 

Donald Innes