Minutes 03.14.02

Minutes 03.14.02

University of Virginia School of Medicine

Curriculum Committee

Minutes 03.14.02

Pediatric Pathology Conference Room, 4:00 PM

Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Robert Bloodgood, Victoria Camerini, Anita Clayton, Al Connors, Gene Corbett, Donald Innes (Chair), Howard Kutchai,Nelle Linz, Jerry Short, Bill Wilson, Debra Reed (secretary)

  1. USMLE Steps 1 and 2.

    Should passing Step 1 be required before continuing on to third year?

    At the present time, failing Step 1 does not delay a students matriculation into the third year of medical school. Eighty-one medical schools across the country require the passage of USMLE-1 for promotion to the third year. An additional two schools use USMLE-1 to determine final course grades. Twenty-two schools require passage of USMLE-1 for graduation, but not promotion. USMLE-1 is entirely optional in twelve; while another nine require students to take, but not pass USMLE-1.

    81 - pass for promotion
    2 - determine final course grades
    22 - pass for graduation
    12 - optional
    9 - required, passing is optional
    126 TOTAL (1999-2000 year)

    If a student fails Step 1 he/she could be required to repeat the second year of medical school and ultimately must pass Step 1 prior to 3rd year.

    Should Steps 1 and 2 be required for the awarding of a M.D. degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine?

    Successful completion of both USMLE Step 1 and 2 exams is now required to obtain a medical license in the United States. It is also required at the present time to earn a medical degree at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Members in attendance agreed with this policy. Awarding a degree than cannot be licensed makes the degree of little value.

    Should there be a limit to the number of times each exam can be taken?

    Some states require that the exams be taken no more than three times before successfully completing them for licensure. This is not the policy at the University of Virginia but maybe should be.

    Prior to making a recommendation on these issues, the Curriculum Committee will meet with Dean Richard Pearson and Allison Innes of Student Affairs to obtain more information. They will be invited to the 03.21.02 meeting.

-Don Innes