Minutes 04.16.09

Minutes 04.16.09

University of Virginia School of  Medicine
Curriculum Committee

Pediatric Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.                       

Present (underlined) were: Gretchen Arnold,  Dan Becker, Robert Bloodgood, Megan Bray, Eugene Corbett, Thomas Gampper, Wendy Golden, Donald Innes (Chair), Keith Littlewood, Veronica Michaelsen, Mohan Nadkarni, Chris Peterson, Jerry Short, Linda Waggoner-Fountain, Bill Wilson, Mary Kate Worden, Lisa Hermann, Evan Lapinski, Debra Reed (secretary) Guest: Brad Bradenham

  1. State of the Medical School.  The Committee briefly discussed the encouraging positive tone of the State of the Medical School assembly on 4/15/09. 

  2. Next Generation Curriculum website.  A new website has been developed to help disseminate information to the faculty, students and administration regarding the Next Generation Curriculum. 


  3. Clerkship Reviews.  The Clerkship Directors have been asked to prepare a "short" report for the Curriculum Committee by May 1, 2009.  The Curriculum Committee will review the reports and then meet with each Clerkship Director.

  4. Job Descriptions for Foundations, Systems and Content Directors for the Next Generation Curriculum are being developed.  Preliminary drafts of the systems and content directors' job descriptions were distributed.  The Committee was asked to review and send comments/suggestions via e-mail to Don Innes.

    The Content Thread Leaders will work with the Foundations and Systems Leaders to establish the goals, learning objectives, and teaching and learning methods for their subject discipline through the medical curriculum. They will aid in the operation and administration of their discipline components and are charged with actively supporting curricular innovation and improvement.

    The System Leaders will establish the goals, learning objectives, and teaching and learning methods for each Systems Unit of the medical curriculum. They will operate and administer the System unit and are charged with actively supporting curricular innovation and improvement.

    The Foundation Director(s) will establish the goals, learning objectives, and teaching and learning methods for the Foundations Unit of the medical curriculum. They will operate and administer the Foundations unit and are charged with actively supporting curricular innovation and improvement.

    Systems Content Directors, Course Directors, and the Foundations Director will need to meet regularly especially in the development phase to make sure all areas of the curriculum are covered in the appropriate depth and breadth.  The organizational structure of these groups was discussed.  The name, Preclerkship Coordinating Committee, was suggested.   Subgroups of the Curriculum Committee will be assigned to review the various systems/clerkships primarily for process, but for general content as well.

    A list of clerkship prerequisites for the Systems and Foundations developers may be helpful in the development of content. 

  5. Clinical Medicine Committee.  Jerry Short asked the Clerkship Directors at their last meeting what they would like to see in the students coming into the clerkship year.  They responded that eager, active learners rather than entitled students would be most appreciated.   They would also prefer adult learners that are not handout or "will it be on the test" driven students.     The Curriculum Committee discussed asking the Clerkship Directors to meet with the Admissions Committee to better define what is expected of students.  Assessment procedures might need to be changed to reflect these expectations.  

    It is important to explain to the students why interactive skills are being taught/required.  Mary Kate Worden reported this was very helpful in the Neuroscience course this year.

  6. Clinical Skills Assessment.  Faculty Development is needed in the area of "how to qualitatively and quantitatively evaluate clinical skills" and  "how to provide feedback."  The Simulation Center is a place to objectively assess student clinical skills.  Clerkships should use simulated/standardized patients for learning and evaluation. Currently Ob/Gyn is the only clerkship to make use of the Stimulation Center.
  7. Topic Lists.   Veronica Michaelsen reported that topic lists have been developed for the Cardiovascular, Renal, and Endocrine and Reproductive Systems.  Topic lists for Pulmonary, Heme, GI, MS, and NS are in stages of development.

  8. Article of Interest.  A copy of a New York Times article from 4/7/09 was distributed.    Radiologist Adds a Human Touch: Photos

  9. All University Teaching Awards.  Congratulations to two physicians at the School of Medicine, Mo Nadkarni and Scott Beach, who were recipients of Teaching Awards this week. 

    All-University Teaching Awards
    Dr. Mohan Nadkarni, medicine


    Dr. John Schorling regards Mohan Nadkarni as a legendary teacher in the School of Medicine. "Dr. Nadkarni has started many innovative educational and service programs that he continues to direct, and he leads by example, inspiring others to be their best every day." Medical student Sarah Rutherford writes, "He has been an ideal mentor, and has provided reassurance and solid advice. Dr. Nadkarni's vast medical knowledge, humility and patience make him an extremely effective and talented educator."

    Senior Associate Dean Dr. Sharon Hostler reflects on Nadkarni's impact to the School of Medicine: "In 2005, he envisioned and implemented a completely new Social Issues in Medicine course, a yearlong service learning course for all medical students. The course was designed to infuse the first-year medical school students with a deeper sense of professionalism, humanism, self-reflection and service. This course has had a profound impact on students and faculty alike, and is a genuine source of pride for the School of Medicine."

    School of Medicine Resident Teaching Award
    Dr. Scott Beach, psychiatry


    Scott Beach's teaching is influenced by his own memories as a medical student. "On the very first day of my third year of medical school," he writes. "I delivered a baby on my OB/GYN rotation with much coaching and encouragement but little physical assistance. Though understandably terrified, I was overcome by the fact that, for the first time, I felt like a real doctor. The pride and amazing sense of accomplishment I experienced that day remains fresh in my mind, and I strive to recreate that sensation for every student with whom I work."

    Attending psychiatrist Dr. Donna Chen writes, "As a teacher, Scott understands the importance of keeping his audience engaged in the subject matter and encourages this by using a number of different delivery models." Director of Residency Training Dr. Zachariah C. Dameron regards him as "one of the strongest residents we have been fortunate enough to recruit."

  10. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Curriculum Committee will be held on Thursday May 7, 2009.  The Mulholland report should be available to the Committee prior to this meeting.