Minutes 05.17.01

Minutes 05.17.01

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee
Minutes 05.17.01

Surgery Conference Room, 4:00 pm

Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Robert Bloodgood, Victoria Camerini, Anita Clayton, Al Connors, Gene Corbett, Donald Innes (Chair), Nelle Linz (David Shonka), Jerry Short, Howard Kutchai, Bill Wilson, Debra Reed (Secretary)

  1. Grading Issues. The subcommittee working on grading issues such as pass/fail versus letter grades will report to the committee by October 2001. The subcommittee has met three times to date. Bob Bloodgood has begun a literature review on the merits and pitfalls other institutions have experienced when altering grading policies. A proposal to pilot a P/F first year with an evaluation mechanism is being discussed at the subcommittee. The pilot program could be initiated in 2002 at the earliest. A shift in grading policy should be determined prior to the beginning of the admissions process. The effect on residency program selection and student stress levels would be evaluated.

  2. Dr. Robert Bloodgood was congratulated on his selection for the 2000-01 Deans Teaching Award.

  3. 1st and 2nd Year Schedules. The first and second year class schedules are nearly complete. Final copies will be sent to course directors.

  4. Clerkship Grade Distribution. A graph of the 1999-2000 clerkship grade distribution was distributed to the Committee. The Committee discussed means to further an evolution toward more uniform standards for grading among the clerkships. Bill Wilson will forward a copy of the grade distribution graph to the clerkship directors and report back to the Committee.

  5. PoM-2. A copy of the letter sent to Brian Wispelwey and Darci Lieb with the Committees recommendations for revisions to the PoM-2 course was distributed to the Committee. Don Innes will meet with Dr. Wispelwey and Darci Lieb to discuss the recommendations. Funding needs for the proposed changes will be discussed with the Deans Office.

  6. Course Self-Assessments. Courses not evaluated by the Curriculum Committee this year include (Physiology/CT&S, Neuroscience, Human Behavior, Medical Genetics, Pathology, Pharmacology, PoM-1 and PoM-2, Psychiatric Medicine) will be possible candidates for the self-review 2001-02. The Committee would also like to review outcomes of suggestions made for courses evaluated in 2000-01. Neuroscience, Human Behavior, and PoM-1 were selected for June review.

  7. Cultural Issues. The Committee discussed the recent cultural awareness curriculum proposal. It was agreed that trying to legislate sensitivity is tough. Students should be aware of differences; however, there is danger in stereotyping patients. Lessons learned in the incorporation of women's issues into the curriculum might be applied to cultural issues. Cultural competency must be incorporated into existing programs without the addition of hours to the curriculum. 


-Don Innes