University of Virginia School of
Pediatric Pathology Conference Room, 4:00 pm
- Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Robert
Bloodgood, Anita Clayton, Al Connors, Gene
Corbett, Joanna Goldberg, Donald Innes (Chair), Steven
Meixel, Jerry Short, Rob Williams, Bill Wilson, Debra
- Don Innes and Al Connors updated the Committee on the
progress of the second year curriculum revisions. The second year
course directors met on 3/21/00 to work on the 2000-01 schedule.
Next year, scheduled class time will be limited to Monday
through Friday mornings (8:00 am - noon), one afternoon per week
(1:00 pm-5:00 pm), and one afternoon per week for the
Introduction to Clinical Medicine (Practice of Medicine II) tutorial
groups. The Course Directors will look at alternative teaching
methods (e.g. small group, WEB) to accommodate the reduction in
scheduled time. A reduction in course content might
not be necessary.
The pros and cons of the decrease in scheduled time were discussed
Students often come to class unprepared because there Ajust isn=t
Many students do not attend lectures at all.
Fear that unscheduled time will become recreation time.
Each course director will try to trim one hour from their scheduled
time per week and the group will meet again in early April.
The creation of faculty positions solely for the purpose of
teaching was debated. In one sense, it creates two separate
Aclasses of citizens@ which might be problematic. To
retain qualified individuals in such a position, teaching efforts
must be valued as highly as research and clinical duties both
financially and for promotion and tenure. In the current
academic medical setting, it might be inevitable and even laudable in
that the faculty member would be able to focus on medical education
without the time restraints of clinical and research
responsibilities. However, there was concern that the
faculty member might become stagnant without the daily