Minutes 03.19.09

Minutes 03.19.09

University of Virginia School of  Medicine
Curriculum Committee

Pediatric Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.                       

Present (underlined) were: Gretchen ArnoldDan Becker, Robert Bloodgood, Megan Bray, Eugene Corbett, Thomas Gampper, Wendy Golden, Donald Innes (Chair), Keith Littlewood, Veronica Michaelsen, Mohan Nadkarni, Chris Peterson, Jerry Short, Linda Waggoner-Fountain, Bill Wilson, Mary Kate Worden, Jason Franasiak, Kira Mayo, Jason Woods, Lisa Herrmann, Debra Reed (secretary) Guest: Brad Bradenham

  1. Announcements:   

    Two new student members for 09-10, Lisa Herrmann, President of the Mulholland Society and Brad Bradenham, Chair of SMEC were welcomed.

    A Joint Clerkship Committee (UVA/Salem/Roanoke/Fairfax) meeting will be held next Wednesday, 3/25/09 in the Jordan Hall Conference Center, Room G1 and G2.

  2. Handout discussion.   The handout discussion began during the 3/12/09 Curriculum Committee meeting continued.  Students and faculty agreed that handouts should be a valuable source of information to the students in the new curriculum but by no means the one and only source of knowledge.     Clearly delineated learning objectives should be the steering mechanism for student learning.  The handout should further outline the educator's expectations of what students should know as well as explain difficult concepts and provide a review source for students prior to assessment.  Students should be informed that exam questions/assessments will not come from handout material alone. 

  3. Disclosure of special interests for UME teaching.  The Duff Wilson article in the New York Times entitled "Harvard Medical School in Ethics Quandary," Tuesday, 3/3/09 was discussed.

    The Curriculum Committee will contact the UVA Medical Ethics Office to assist with the development of a disclosure mechanism and policy for official undergraduate education teaching, e.g. should potential conflicts of interest be included in handouts, websites, etc. 

    Should undergraduate medical education be added to the policy on Conflict of Interest now in place? Dr. Margaret Mohrmann will recommend a mechanism and policy wording to be used beginning with teaching and newly generated educational materials beginning August 2009. Her office will provide their recommendation no later than July 1.

  4. USMLE 2008Score Review Step 1 and NBME Scores.  USMLE 2008 Scores as well as NBME Scores for Step 1 for the class of 2011 were distributed.  Performance of UVA School of Medicine students exceeded the national average in all subcategories.  Students and faculty are to be congratulated.

  5. Electronic Medical Record (EMR).  Concerns regarding student access to the new EMR system were discussed.  The Committee would like to ensure that student members of the patient care team have the ability to formulate notes and create suspended orders.  Steve Borowitz on the EMR implementation team will be asked to meet with the Clinical Medicine Committee to address this prior to implementation of the new EMR system.  Student access to the EMR system in the Simulation Center is being planned.

  6. Medical Education Building.   Construction of the new medical education building is 28% complete and on budget. Construction noise levels in MR5 are disrupting small group teaching activities.

  7. Article of Interest.  Chris Peterson distributed a copy of an article "Toward a Cognitive Economy in Medical Education" published in the Academic Physician and Scientist, March 2009 by Glenn Nordehn and Frederic Hafferty.

The next meeting of the Curriculum Committee will be held on 4/2/09. 

Donald Innes