Minutes 04.21.05

Minutes 04.21.05

University of Virginia School of  Medicine
Curriculum Committee



Surgery Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.     

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

  1. ADE Educational Research Poster Session.   An ADE education research poster session web site has been created .
  2. Second Year Preceptorship.  It was noted that the committee had previously approved replacement of the second year preceptorship in 2007 with a longitudinal clinical experience in the first and second years.

  3. Sexual Health Curriculum.  (Anita Clayton)
    The University of Virginia Health System was one of only seven medical schools in the nation to receive an educational grant from Pfizer, Inc. to develop and implement an innovative, multidisciplinary curriculum in sexual health.  Principle investigators included Anita Clayton, Christine Peterson and Elizabeth McGarvey.   The study found that the curriculum at the University of Virginia School of Medicine was ahead of other institutions in covering sexual health.  At UVA sexual health education is touched on in all four years of medical school, however, topics are a bit fragmented.   When obtaining a patient’s history, attendings and residents often find it uncomfortable to question a patient regarding sexual problems which, in turn, impacts medical student education. Sexual health education during the clerkship years is also impacted by the patient population.  Patients are often reluctant to discuss sexual health issues and a good deal of clerkship experience centers around inpatients.  Sexual health issues are addressed more often in a clinic rather than inpatient setting. 

    The study group developed a web-based case study program that would address some of these issues and hopes the program will be used by students and faculty in many courses where sexual health is discussed (for example, PoM1 and 2; Pharmacology, Psychiatric Medicine, clerkships such as Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and Psychiatric Medicine).  The cases demonstrate male and female sexual difficulties such as erectile dysfunction as a result of diabetes and as a side effect of medication and lack of desire due to medical and/or psychological problems.

    It was suggested that possible a small ad hoc subcommittee of the Curriculum Committee might be formed to develop “standard expectations” for sexual health – i.e. a list of items that all students should know and be comfortable with before they graduate.  This group should meet once or twice a year with all courses that address sexual health issues to make sure all topics are covered and students are experienced  in discussing sexual health issues.

  4. The Curriculum Committee will meet next Thursday, 4/28/05 at 4:00 p.m. in the Surgery Conference Room.  Dr. Reid Adams will discuss the Clinical Connections Program with the Committee.

William Wilson