Minutes 05.05.05

Minutes 05.05.05

University of Virginia School of  Medicine
Curriculum Committee

Surgery Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.                        

Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Eve BargmannRobert BloodgoodAnita 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 Valdelievre,  Guests:  Thomas Massaro, Ruth Gaare BernheimDebra Reed (secretary) 

  1. Graduation of Class of 2005.  The Curriculum Committee extends congratulations to the Class of 2005 which was approved at a recent faculty meeting.

  2. Exploratory Program.  The Exploratory program will be run by Mo Nadkarni and will begin in the fall of 2005.  The first year course will initially be 100% community service, thereafter, the program is expected to expand into other areas such as research, medical humanities, and student proposed exploratories.

  3. Dx Rx Course. (Thomas Massaro, Ruth Gaare Bernheim)    The DxRx course was generally well received by the Class of 2005.  Evaluation data was presented to the Committee.  Student suggestions for improvement will be taken into consideration when planning next year’s course.  Placement of the course did create some scheduling difficulties for students in respect to their elective schedules.  For 2005-06, the course is scheduled for Monday, March 27 - Saturday, April 1, 2006 .   The course directors will work with PoM1 and PoM2 to further develop the Health Care Policy curriculum in the preclinical years with the current course as a capstone.  John Gazewood and Eve Bargmann noted that they do have lectures on health care policy already as a part of the PoM1 course, but they are not well attended.   The DxRx course directors propose development and use of creative problem set modules on the web over all four years of medical school to fully develop the students’ knowledge base on health care policy and what it will mean to their practice of medicine.   Faculty development may be necessary to help course directors and teaching faculty fully integrate the material.

    The Committee discussed “threads” such as Health Care Policy, Sexual Health, Ethics, and Professionalism that are distributed over all four years and how, from evaluation data, the students often do not realize that these threads are being covered.  Internal “marketing” during the orientation period and by course directors might help the student to realize these topics are important and will be presented over the long term. 

    One person suggested that perhaps RxDx could be turned into an elective, but the Committee agreed that the material should be presented to all the students. It was also suggested that in future years the Rx/Dx program might become part of Basic Science for Careers early in the fourth year.

    The Committee congratulated Tom Massaro and Ruth Gaare on the success of the first year RxDx program.

  4. Additional 2 weeks electives are needed to meet the educational elective needs of students and to help the students schedule around the DxRx program, and to allow for a more efficient use of time in the fourth year, especially when scheduling interviews.

Donald J. Innes