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 (Alexandra Yamshchikov),
Donald Innes (Chair), Howard Kutchai, Jerry Short,
Bill Wilson, Debra Reed (Secretary),
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
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
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
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.