University of Virginia School of
Pediatric Pathology Conference Room, 4:00 pm
Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Robert
Bloodgood, Anita Clayton, Al Connors, Gene
Corbett, Joanna Goldberg, Donald Innes (Chair), Steven Meixel,
Jerry Short (Acting Chair), Rob Williams, Bill Wilson,
Debra Reed (Secretary)
- Bob Bloodgood will forward a draft of his evaluation
proposal to the members of the subcommittee working on
faculty/course evaluations (Bob Bloodgood; Al Connors; Jerry Short;
Mark Mikkelsen) via e-mail. The subcommittee will then meet to work on
- The Mulholland Clinical Clerkship Report - June 1998-June
1999 - Class of 2000 was distributed to the committee.
- General Recommendations for all Clerkships (copied from the
- Resident teaching is highly regarded by those students who feel
they received a sufficient amount of it. We recommend that there be
specific training in the PGY-1 year to remind residents of their role
as teachers, in the settings of small groups and bedside
- Standardization of materials in the form of universal lectures
among clerkship sites and giving out lecture handout packets at the
beginning of the clerkships can help bridge the gaps which remain
between experiences at the various hospitals.
- Clear expectations for the medical student should be explicitly
defined at the beginning of the clerkship, in written and/or
orientation form. The housestaff and attendings should be aware of what
the department defines as expectation of the student as well. We
realize that there is variation in initiative and skill from one
student to the next, but it gives students common ground at which to
- Feedback during the clerkships is needed so students may change
habits and find out what they are doing well also. There should be a
mandatory mid-clerkship evaluation in all rotations.
- Living conditions at the away sites have room for improvement.
We recommend that the Salem VA facilities be brought up at least to the
standards of those in Roanoke. Some of the primary care sites should be
reassessed as well, the bed and breakfasts appear to be working well,
while the dormitories and private homes are not as well received.
While most of the evaluations were favorable, the committee agreed
that there were areas that need to be reviewed.
The committee discussed how to best compare data from these reports
from year to year and how to relate to the evaluation of student
knowledge and skills. Jerry Short reported that the board scores and
evaluations of different sites by three clerkships revealed little
correlation between student grades and less than optimal clerkship
The Committee agreed that questions on the survey such as Were there
statements or actions which made men/women uncomfortable? and Were
there statements or actions which made minorities uncomfortable? should
be rewritten to focus on faculty/staff interaction. Most of the
incidents reported were actually related to patient interaction. The
committee also felt that the students should be educated, perhaps
during orientation, on how to handle patient bias. This should also be
topic for the first year Practice of Medicine Course.
The Roanoke Psychiatry program continues to be the most highly rated
rotation of all with 100% of the responders awarding it an A. This
probably correlates with the fact that the program has a designated
faculty member paid to teach.
An attempt should be made to standardize clerkship objectives and
Don Innes will be making a trip to the Salem VA and Roanoke facilities
to meet with clerkship directors in June and will observe the living
conditions at those institutions at that time.
- A copy of the education section of the Liaison Committee on
Medical Education - Annual Medical School Questionnaire 1999-2000
was distributed to the Committee. This year's survey includes new
questions on areas such as genetics, language training, and specific
questions about curriculum content for the Curriculum Committee to
- Match results at UVA shows about 66% of students getting
their first choice and 88% getting one of their top three choices.
Jerry Short reported that this ratio is very similar to that of MCV and
the ratios reported in the national data.