Minutes 04.12.01

Minutes 04.12.01

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee
Minutes 04.12.01

Surgery Conference Room, 4:00 pm

Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Robert Bloodgood, Victoria Camerini, Anita Clayton, Al Connors, Gene Corbett, Joseph Dubose (Alexandra Yamshchikov), Donald Innes (Chair), Howard Kutchai, Jerry Short, Bill Wilson, Debra Reed (Secretary),

  1. Joanna Goldberg has resigned from the Curriculum Committee due to time constraints. Joanna served on the committee since its inception, August of 1999. Her concern for the education of students in the School of Medicine will be remembered. Thank you Joanna.

  2. Medical Microbiology Course Self-Assessment. The self-assessment information was critiqued. Recommendations and proposals for the fall 2001 course were reviewed. Following this discussion the committee will communicate a response to the course director.

  3. Biochemistry Self-Assessment Review .The Curriculum Committee requests a letter from Dr. Hockensmith following the Biochemistry Retreat addressing the suggestions made by the committee in its letter. It is understood that the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics agreed with the suggestions made by the Curriculum Committee for the Biochemistry course.

  4. Funding for Medical Education. A mechanism is needed to equitably distribute funds to the Basic Science and Clinical Departments, in part based on the educational efforts of the departments.

    Currently there is a disincentive to teach as this reduces clinical duties. Clinical service increases income to departments and is credited to individuals. If faculty members are made aware of funds provided to departments to support faculty teaching efforts and if their personal contribution was recognized, it might become easier to garner support for teaching activities.

    In an effort to establish equitable and fair funding of undergraduate medical education for the School of Medicine, the following proposal was presented and discussed.

    Educational funds would be distributed to departments in three parts:

    Part 1. Base distribution determined by Dean, e.g. salary not covered by grants or clinical income.

    Part 2. Effort distribution determined by Dean, e.g. funding for course directors, funding based on faculty teaching hours, and to be adjusted regularly.

    Part 3. OTPS - operational funds

    This plan was discussed and thought to be a reasonable means to value the educational efforts of departments and individuals. The committee will pursue this with the Dean of Finance.

 -Don Innes
-dmr