Minutes 03.25.04

Minutes 03.25.04

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee

Surgery Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.       

Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Eve BargmannRobert Bloodgood,  Anita Clayton,  Gene Corbett, Carl CreutzDonald Innes (Chair),  Vern Juel, Howard Kutchai, Chris Peterson, Jerry Short, Linda Watson,  Bill Wilson, Brian Wispelwey, Nnaemeka Anyadike, John Bell,  Maria Meussling,  Debra Reed (secretary)

  1. News:  The Mini-reviews are in progress.  The second year course directors are meeting on Monday, 3/29/04 to discuss the spring 06 / 07-08 schedule.    Principles of Medicine Committee met on 3/10/04.  Debate was lively on the proposed first year 06-07 schedule parameters.  The Curriculum Committee suggested that Bill Wilson and Meg Keeley be invited to the next Principles of Medicine Committee meeting to discuss the clerkship/elective program.  An appropriate title for this program might be “Is There Learning After the Basic Sciences.”
  2.  The NBME shelf exams for Psychiatry, Neurology, Pediatrics, and Family Medicine will be available for review by limited faculty on April 7 from noon until 5:00 p.m.  If you are interested in reviewing these exams, please contact Dr. Jerry Short jshort@virginia.edu immediately.  Names of those reviewing the exams must be submitted to the NBME before the review.  Up to five faculty members from each clerkship can review the appropriate exam.  Each person reviewing the exams must sign a non-disclosure agreement and the review will be proctored.

  3. Criteria for the use of animals in undergraduate medical education. The following information should be provided to the curriculum committee and be available for the animal care committee prior to discussion.

    State the educational goals and objectives for the exercise.
    What is (are) the standard practice(s) at other medical schools for teaching the stated goals and objectives?
    If the use of animals is proposed, provide the rationale for using animals to meet the stated goals and objectives.
    What other institutions are using animals to meet the stated objectives?
    What alternatives exist to meet the stated objectives?
    What other institutions are using alternate means to meet the stated objectives?

  4. Blood Draw Exercise.  Question has been raised recently about the students lack of knowledge about their own lipid profiles.  The blood draw currently organized by the PoM1 course in conjunction with the Pathology course is still in existence but is an optional activity.  This past year, only 60 of the approximately 140 first year medical students participated.  The Committee suggested that the activity might be more strongly encouraged by the PoM1 course directors and that ways to make it as easy as possible for the students to volunteer be devised.  The possibility of including this activity into the Cells to Society course was discussed.  Dr. Peterson will consider this option and report back to the committee. It was noted that this might give the student an early experience in “being the patient” and explored as part of a teaching exercise.
  5.  2nd Year Preceptorship Program.  Claudette Dalton will be invited to meet with the Curriculum Committee April [April 8th at 4:30] to discuss the Preceptorship Program. 
  6. A student noted that while enjoying the preceptorship a more continuous – weekly meetings with a preceptor would, in retrospect, have been more beneficial.  It was reported that experiences with the preceptorship program can be highly variable.

Donald J Innes