Minutes 04.05.01

Minutes 04.05.01

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee
Minutes 04.05.01

Surgery Conference Room, 4:00 pm

Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Robert Bloodgood, Victoria Camerini, Anita Clayton, Al Connors, Gene Corbett, Joseph Dubose (Travis Stork), Joanna Goldberg, Donald Innes (Chair),Howard Kutchai, Jerry Short, Bill Wilson, Guest: Jay Scott, Debra Reed (Secretary),

School of Medicine Finances. James H. Scott, Associate Dean of Finance for the University of Virginia School of Medicine spoke on undergraduate medical education funding. Jay gave an excellent presentation, briefing the committee on the sources of funding for medical education and the distribution process.

A feature of the discussion was the need to establish accountability for the use of funds for medical education.

"A medical school must have a specific budget for it's program for medical student's education. Because many faculty members do not realize that they are compensated for their participation in the education of students, specifying the proportion of general revenues that support their involvement in student's education will help them and the administration see the importance of that involvement." - 1992 ACME Report


If Departments actually demonstrated to individual faculty that education dollars coming from the School of Medicine are applied to the faculty member's "bottom line" it might be easier to recruit faculty for teaching activities.

A mechanism is needed to allow individual faculty to see clearly their contribution to the educational effort. It is important that faculty understand how their individual educational efforts contribute to the financial health of their department and the school of medicine.

Recognition of faculty teaching effort could be accomplished as a required part of the yearly faculty review held by all chairs.

A mechanism is needed to equitably distribute funds to Basic Science and Clinical chairs based on the educational efforts of the departments. Currently there is a disincentive to teach as this reduces clinical duties, which increase income to the department and are credited to the individual.

The presentation and discussion was valuable for all. The desire to work closely with the Dean of Finance to establish equitable and fair funding of undergraduate medical education for the School of Medicine was agreed upon.


-Don Innes
-dmr