Minutes 05.12.05

Minutes 05.12.05

University of Virginia School of  Medicine
Curriculum Committee

Surgery Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.                        

Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Eve Bargmann,  Robert Bloodgood,  Anita 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,  Debra Reed (secretary) 

  1. Curriculum Committee Course Reviews for 05-06

    Jerry Short was asked to look at documents from the last review by the LCME to determine if review of each clerkships required self-study being done for accreditation purposes would provide information suitable for a Curriculum Committee review. 

    The Committee agreed that since many changes were in store for all the first and second year courses in 05-06, it might be better to evaluate the courses after the changes have been made but in time to make adjustments, if necessary, for the 06-07 year. The Neuroscience course will be asked to update the committee on planned changes for their course.  The Committee would like to review Biochemistry at the end of their course, December/January, with feedback from the Committee by late January and in time to plan the following year’s course. Monitoring of clerkships, selectives, and electives will be critical in the 2005-2009 period. Frequent reports from the directors to the Curriculum Committee will be needed beginning this fall to allow for evaluation and corrective measures if neded.

  2. Course Directors

    Several course directors are reportedly leaving the University – Virginia Taylor Lyons (Anatomy); Joel Schenker (Neurology Clerkship); and Jennifer Wenger (OB/GYN Clerkship).  The Curriculum Committee Chair will contact these departments to offer the Committee’s assistance in the selection of new leadership for these courses with a reminder that Curriculum Committee approval is necessary for these appointments. 


    “The Committee has the authority, with the approval of the Dean, to set educational objectives, establish educational requirements, allocate curriculum time, specify teaching methods, approve course directors, and evaluate educational outcomes.”

  3. Close review Needed.  The Committee reminds the first and second year course directors that since class time for 05-06 has been reconfigured and slightly decreased, they should review their material closely, using care to select the material to be taught and tested, not merely compressing material into a shorter period.   Please work with each lecturer, section head, or small group organizer to review the information presented in each course for relevancy and redundancy and delete as necessary. Medical relevancy in first year courses might be illustrated in 2-minute clinical vignettes in each lecture. Several clinicians at the table expressed a willingness to help.

  4. Curriculum Threads such as Sexual Health, Information Management, Professionalism, Nutrition etc. are often difficult to assess.  The Committee will look at the LCME list of threads and try to determine a way to monitor these threads in the curriculum.  Bill Wilson suggested “working groups” of the committee who meet to look for opportunities to weave these threads into the curriculum.  See appended list of topics from latest 2004-05 LCME survey. PLEASE REVIEW this list for topics you think are important that may not be covered.

    David Hall, SOM ‘05 has recently completed a paper on “nutrition education” in the UVA School of Medicine curriculum.  Surprisingly, there are approximately 39 hours of nutritional education already in the curriculum.  Deficiencies are primarily in nutrition assessment and patient counseling.  The University of Pennsylvania has a site devoted to nutrition education and invites anyone to make use of the site at: 

    It was also suggested that to better evaluate these threads, John Jackson could develop a web-based system whereby faculty in each course could enter the topics (USMLE codes and or ICD9 codes) covered in their lectures by selecting from “pull-down” menus.  Jerry Short will look into this.

  5. Clerkship Directors Meeting.  Bill Wilson noted that the Clerkship Directors from Roanoke , Salem and UVA met Friday. May 6, at UVA to meet on a variety of subjects, but with primary focus on addressing ED2.  The meeting went very well and with help from the course directors and John Jackson, we are on schedule to track the new ED2 requirements.

  6. Linda Watson will be leaving the University this year for the University of Minnesota .  The Committee wished her well, but will miss her contributions to the Curriculum Committee.

  7. Curriculum Committee summer schedule was discussed.  Meetings are scheduled for the following dates:
 May 19, 2005 
 May 26, 2005 (hold open)
 June 9, 2005 
 June 16, 2005 (Clinical Skills Educator program)

 Meetings will then be discontinued for the summer resuming in mid-August.


Donald J. Innes


Communication skills

Community health

Cultural diversity

End-of-life care


Evidence-based medicine

Family/domestic violence


Health care financing

Health care systems

Health disparities

Human development/life cycle

Human sexuality

Medical ethics

Medical genetics

Medical humanities

Medical informatics

Medical jurisprudence

Medical socioeconomics


Occupational medicine

Pain management

Palliative care

Population-based medicine

Prevention/health maintenance

Quality improvement

Research methods

Substance abuse

Alternative/complementary medicine

Appropriate use of translators

Biological/chemical terrorism

Culturally-related health behaviors

Disaster management

Health care quality improvement

Health literacy

Medical licensure/regulation

Medical Spanish

Patient health education

Practice management

Race/gender and treatment outcomes

Racial/ethnic demographics of illness