Surgery Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.
Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Eve Bargmann,
Robert Bloodgood, Anita Clayton, Gene
Corbett, Carl Creutz, Donald Innes (Chair),
Vern Juel, Howard Kutchai, Chris Peterson, Jerry
Short, Linda Watson, Bill Wilson, Brian
Wispelwey, Nnaemeka Anyadike, John Bell, Maria
Meussling, Debra Reed (secretary)
Life-saving course. A one-day Life Saving Techniques
Course was proposed for the Clinical Connections June 25th
session. This proposal is a modification of a 2-day Life Saving
Techniques Course produced by Dr. Marcus Martin as requested by the
dean’s office. This is approved as part of the curriculum. The 1-day
course will use the simulator recently acquired by the Emergency
Medicine Department with support from the Claude Moore Charitable
Foundation and the Uva Hospital Auxiliary. Space issues in regard to
continuing and expanding the simulator program were discussed and it
was noted that the Health Sciences Library has volunteered space near
the Library for temporarily housing the simulator laboratories.
Surgical Techniques. Discussion of the Surgical
Techniques laboratory will be postponed until after further policy
review and development.
Clinical Skills Assessment Proposal. Gene
Corbett presented a proposal to improve upon the clinical skill
education process in the clerkship year with the help of a new 3-year
grant from the Bureau of Health Professions (HRSA). The support is
1) expand the number of clinical skills teaching workshops in
Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, and Family Medicine,
2) create a rigorous clinical skills assessment process and
3) create an online master clinical skills website to support the
educational and evaluational activities of this project.
The Committee discussed current needs in regard to improving and
expanding clinical skills education. Integration of more clinical
skills education into the current curriculum is a high priority of the
Committee. Clinical skills training should be taught consistently over
all four years of medical school.
Gene Corbett proposed two sets of clinical skills assessment per year.
At each session all third year students would spend one day rotating
through various clinical skill stations using standardized patients.
The committee agreed with the importance of this formative evaluation.
It is essential that the proposed clinical skills assessment be tied to
the learning/teaching of clinical skills in the clerkships. This ties
in perfectly with the “Clinical Skills Educator” proposed for the
clerkships (See below.).
Jerry Short will report back on the needs and availability of clinic
space for the evaluation based on the CPX experience. He will also
investigate the number of standardized patients required. Time in the
curriculum must be defined. The Committee was reluctant to usurp any
CPX time, space, and standardized patient base in this, the first year
of the USMLE clinical skills exam, but the possibility of fusing the
June CPX and clinical skills assessment should be studied.
Proposal for a “Clinical Skills Educator” position. Brian
Wispelwey, Gene Corbett, Eve Bargmann, John Gazewood and Andy Lockman
were asked to draft a curriculum and job description for the “Clinical
Skills Educator” position. Brian Wispelwey and Gene Corbett will head
this effort. This Clinical Skills Educator physician would likely spend
1-2 hours per week with each (~2 students at a time) of the students on
the rotation for the learning of clinical skills in a “hands-on
approach”. Creation of the “Clinical Skills Educator” position was
enthusiastically endorsed by the Curriculum Committee.