University of Virginia School of
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
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
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.