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,
Joseph Dubose, Joanna Goldberg, Donald Innes (Chair),
Steven Meixel, Jerry Short, Bill Wilson, Debra Reed
- 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
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.
- 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 -
- Women's Issues - Focus on reproductive/infertility (Director -
- Acute Neurologic Injury/Chronic Disability (Directors - Paul Diamond
and Karen Johnston)
- Topics in Pain Management -focus on chronic pain (Director - John
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
Standard style CME Evaluation Forms will be used for feedback and
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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
Note. Special thanks are offered to Mulholland president Robb
Williams for his work on the Curriculum Committee this year.
Congratulations on your graduation!