Minutes 04.10.03

Minutes 04.10.03

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee

Pediatric Pathology Conference Room, 4:00 pm

Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Robert Bloodgood, Anita Clayton, Gene Corbett, Donald Innes (Chair), Vern Juel, Howard Kutchai, Maria Meussling, Jerry Short, Nikhil Rao, Bill Wilson, Brian Wispelwey, Ryan Zaklin, Debra Reed (secretary)

  1. Maria Meussling, the new Mulholland president was welcomed to the Curriculum Committee.

  2. Organization and planning for the Decade Plan proposals was discussed. Further reorganization of the first and second years of medical school with increased clinical skill training will be implemented. Care must be taken not to decrease the "core knowledge" now offered. The object is to shift it to a position where it can be better understood and untilized. The Committee recognizes that the effort to implement this reorganization will require a huge amount of energy. It was also agreed that basic skill training (e.g. H&P, examination skill) needs to be improved at several levels - PoM-1 & 2 and in the clerkships. Both the Principles of Medicine and Clinical Medicine Committee members will be called upon to assist in the work to accomplish the educational goals of the Decade Plan.

    Faculty staffing of the proposed enhancement of the PoM-1 & 2 programs, spanning years 1 and 2, was thought to be possible but will require strenuous support of the Dean. How to guarantee an equivalent experience for all students must also be determined. Faculty development via both taped and live sessions may be required to create and maintain a consistent experience for all students. The role of the Clinical Core Educator in these endeavors was discussed. Could the same rules applied to some research faculty (80% of time devoted to research) work in the education setting (80% of time devoted to medical education)?

 -Don Innes