Minutes 05.11.00

Minutes 05.11.00

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee
Minutes 05.11.00

Pediatric Pathology Conference Room, 4:00 pm

Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Robert Bloodgood, Anita Clayton, Al Connors, Gene Corbett, Joseph Dubose, Joanna Goldberg, Donald Innes (Chair), Steven Meixel, Jerry Short, Bill Wilson, Debra Reed (Secretary)


  1. A memo, "Notification of New Curriculum Requirement" from the Medical Board of California, was distributed specifying that applicants for California license must successfully complete a medical curriculum providing instruction in pain management and end-of-life care. The law applies to all persons entering medical school on or after 6/1/2000, who apply to California for a physician and surgeon's license.

    These topics are covered currently at UVA, and will be further defined in the new Practice of Medicine course and in the Clinical Connections program. This will be discussed further by Drs. Short, Innes and Pearson at their next Associate Dean's meeting. Concern regarding individual state regulation of medical practice as opposed to the current national standards was expressed. At the request of the Medical Board of California, a description of the University of Virginia Medical School's existing and proposed curriculum will be forwarded by 6/30/2000.

  2. Reid Adams reported on the progress of the Clinical Connections Planning Committee. Dates for the 2000-01 pilots have been set: 9/25/00; 11/6/00; 2/12/01; 4/2/01. Topics have been selected:

    - Cancer Concepts/Issues - Colon Cancer will be the model (Director - Reid Adams)
    - Women's Issues - Focus on reproductive/infertility (Director - TBA)
    - Acute Neurologic Injury/Chronic Disability (Directors - Paul Diamond and Karen Johnston)
    - Topics in Pain Management -focus on chronic pain (Director - John Rowlingston)

    The Planning Committee has proposed a general daily schedule for these events which includes periods for clerkship updates; case presentation and discussion (clinical issues, Basic Science, social science, legal, ethical, policy, etc); small group sessions facilitated by faculty under the Spirituality and Medicine program; student report out results of small group work in plenary session and symposium wrap-up; administrative issues session; and a evening reception following one or more of the Clinical Connections.

    Module directors for each of the four Clinical Connections (above) have been selected. Each will work with a member of the Clinical Connection Planning Committee to create a program.

    The CME office has reserved Jordan Conference Center for use on the above dates. The Jordan Conference Center contains 7 break-out rooms for the small group discussions. Jann Balmer, a member of the Planning Committee is looking for 7 additional break-out rooms for the small group discussions in as close proximity to the Jordan Conference Center as possible.

    Standard style CME Evaluation Forms will be used for feedback and attendance.

    The course will either need a staff position to develop, administer and maintain the course or another alternative might be to do this on a contractual basis with the CME office. Contracting with the CME office will be explored.

    The Curriculum Committee suggested that the Alumni Association might be approached to sponsor one of the evening receptions. A joint session with the Albemarle County Medical Society might be considered.

  3. Update on the Practice of Medicine Course. Co-directors, John Gazewood, Eve Bargmann, and Brian Wispelwey are in place & active. Dean Carey will be sending a letter encouraging faculty to participate as mentors. Reimbursement for faculty mentors has been determined. Support of up to $10,000 for M.D. mentors and up to $5,000 for non-M.D. mentors has been approved.

    Credit for teaching activities such as this is weighed by the Promotion and Tenure Committee. Quantitative and qualitative evaluation information would be helpful to the Promotions and Tenure Committee. The importance of teaching in the P&T process needs to be stressed to all faculty, but especially in the yearly faculty development sessions.

  4. Installation of retractable partitions in the Jordan Hall 2nd floor teaching laboratories to resize the three rooms into five or even seven small rooms is being explored.

  5. Margaret Mohrmann will be invited to attend the Curriculum Committee meeting to discuss the Electives program June 15. Jennifer O'Flaherty, who has expressed an interest in teaching basic clinical skills will be asked to observe the transition course on June 21,22, and 23 and make recommendations for additions or improvements.

Note. Special thanks are offered to Mulholland president Robb Williams for his work on the Curriculum Committee this year. Congratulations on your graduation!

-Don Innes