Minutes 03.13.08

Minutes 03.13.08

University of Virginia School of  Medicine
Curriculum Committee

Pediatric Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.                       

Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Gretchen Arnold, Eve Bargmann, Dan Becker, Robert Bloodgood, Thomas Gampper, Wendy Golden, Donald Innes (Chair),  Howard Kutchai, Marcus Martin, Mohan Nadkarni, Chris Peterson, Jerry Short, Bill Wilson, Brad Bradenham, Emily Clarke, Sixtine Valdelievre,  Debra Reed (secretary)

  1. Announcement:

    The agenda for next weeks CC meeting (3/20/08) will include a discussion with Melanie McCollum and Bobby Chhabra from the Education Task Force.

  2. Medical and Molecular Genetics Course Review.  Wendy Golden presented an excellent self-assessment report on the Medical and Molecular Genetics Course. The report outlined the course goals, content, objectives, grading policies, and future plans.

    The primary goal of the course is to provide an overview of basic and clinical aspects of the rapidly changing field of medical genetics.

    Objectives for Medical and Molecular Genetics
    Single gene disorders
    Complex diseases
    Ethical issues
    Application of knowledge
    Effective written and oral communication skills

    The course uses many and varied teaching tools to ensure that the students learn and understand the material - Lectures, In Class Activities/Questions, Small Group Conferences, Clinical Correlations, Patient Presentations, Critical Review, Directed Clinical Letter, and Exams.  Practice Problems. practice exams, tutorials, workshops and one on one tutoring sessions are also used.

    Analysis of new initiatives tried in the course during the previous year and outcome data was presented. Assessment data from student evaluations was provided.  The course is the highest rated by students in the first year.  Since 2006, the course has been taught during the three weeks between Thanksgiving and the winter and is the only course taught during this period other than PoM1.  This  "immersion version" of the course has been well received by the students.   Suggestions for improvement from both students and faculty after the first year were successfully implemented in 2007.

    Proposed new initiative for 2008 include using the Audience Response System in the Workshop setting, making minor adjustments to scheduling and topics,  looking for ways to increase active learning and addressing concerns such as the addition of some detailed information concerning diseases combining basic science and clinical application.  Example: Gleevec in patients with the bcr/abl fusion protein.  Inquiries about linkages to other courses were made. Links to PoM-1 and SIM were suggested.  [Links to Ethics, Pathology, PoM-2, Intro to Psychiatry, and Pharmacology may be of value.] Concern was raised as to adjustments for MSTP students.

    The Curriculum Committee thanked Dr. Golden for an excellent presentation and commends the course directors and faculty for producing and maintaining an excellent course. A letter will be sent to Dr. Golden.

Donald Innes