Minutes 04.14.05

Minutes 04.14.05

University of Virginia School of  Medicine
Curriculum Committee

Surgery Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.                       

Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Eve BargmannRobert Bloodgood,  Anita Clayton,  Gene Corbett, John Gazewood, Donald Innes (Chair),  Howard Kutchai, Marcus Martin, Chris Peterson, Jerry Short, Linda WatsonBill Wilson, Brian Wispelwey, Nnaemeka Anyadike, Michael Richardson, Sixtine ValdelievreDebra Reed (secretary) 

  1. AAMC meeting.  UVA was represented at the spring AAMC meeting presenting three posters at this meeting: 1) GTA exams (Yvonne Newberry, Chris Peterson); 2) Praise/Concern Cards (Allison Innes); 3) Professionalism (Don Innes). Information learned at the meeting was relayed to the committee. Two new posters for internal use are now in development:  1) Cells to Society – A Curriculum for Modern Medicine and 2) Cells to Society – Contemporary Clerkships, Selectives and Electives. These were circulated to the members.

  2. Decreased numbers of faculty for PoM2 course.  Brian Wispelwey reported that the PoM2 course is having difficulty recruiting enough faculty to teach in their small groups.  Reasons stated by faculty include: not enough compensation, departmental revenue quotas, and too many patients and other required activities.

  3. Becoming a Clinician” Ceremony.   (Chris Peterson)

    This ceremony would take place Thursday, June 23, 2005 (Day 4 of Transition to the Clerkships Week, “Clinical Connections” day) between 3:30-5 p.m. in the Jordan Conference Center Lobby and Auditorium

    1) 3:30 to 4:00 - Reception for Class of 2007, their significant others, selected faculty (Deans, Clerkship Directors, Pre-Clinical Course Directors, Academy of Distinguished Educators, Alumni Association officers).
    2) 4:00 to 4:15 - Inspirational keynote speaker [4th year student or UVa resident who is a graduate of UVa med] on professionalism in clinical settings as one embarks on clinical work: “Reflections on Becoming a Clinician.”
    3) 4:15 to 4:20 – “Hand off” of students from Preclinical Course Directors to Clerkship Directors and announcement of residents voted to be the best exemplary teachers and humanistic clinicians (presentation of awards to be held during 4th year student assembly the next day).
    4) 4:20 to 4:30 - Recitation of a covenant among students/faculty/public, containing elements from the first-year Convocation covenants, the Baccalaureate covenant, and the Hippocratic Oath.
    5) 4:30 to 5:00 - Presentation of gift to each class member:  a specially designed, pocket-sized blank journal with page headings that serve as prompts for writing about reflective topics likely to be encountered during clerkship year: birth, death, suffering, healing, fatigue, frustration, elation, moral quandary, satisfaction, etc.  Page headings will also map points in the students' progress and development through the clerkship year.

    : Students provided with both a journal and faculty and peer support will differ in both quantity and quality of reflective writing (about clerkship experiences and their own professional formation) compared with students provided with only the journal. Students who write regularly will use the writing as a way to process and discover meaning in experience through remembering, recapturing in language, and reflecting.

    Methodology : Students who volunteer to be part of a reflective writing study will each be randomized to one of two Clinical Reflection groups for the year. One group will use Clinical Reflection sessions and email communications to encourage, share, and monitor students' reflective writing about their experiences through the clerkship year. The other group will function as a regular Clinical Reflection group, with no discussion of students' writing (unless the students themselves raise the topic), even though these students also have been provided with the means to write.

    Expenses :
    ~$1000        Up to four residents' Humanism in Medicine Awards ($250 each)
    ~$1000        Students' gifts (pocket-sized, spiral bound blank journals and pens)
    ~$500-800    Reception finger food and beverages (no alcohol)

    Potential fund sources :
    Arnold P. Gold Foundation ($5000 one-time grant or two $2500 grants in consecutive years)
    Academy of Distinguished Educators (research "materials" [blank books] and assessment and analysis time and costs) 
    Certain aspects of the program are contingent on obtaining outside funding.

    This type of ceremony has been started at other medical schools.  This pilot program would have the same flavor as Covocation and stresses the changes necessary for a successful clinical experience.    The Committee was asked to forward suggestions for motivational speaker to Chris Peterson.

  4. Report on Activities of the Principles of Medicine Committee.  (Bob Bloodgood)

    Activities of the Principles of Medicine Committee 04-05 Academic Year.  Please see

  5. The Curriculum Committee will meet next week (4/21/05) and the agenda will include a report from Anita Clayton on the Human Sexuality Program and a discussion with Reid Adams of the Clinical Connections Program.  The Committee will also meet on 4/28/05.  Mike Rein will be invited to this meeting to discuss the progress of the Clinical Skills Educator pilot program along with Gene Corbett.

Donald Innes