Minutes 05.19.05

Minutes 05.19.05

University of Virginia School of  Medicine
Curriculum Committee

Surgery Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.

Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Eve BargmannRobert Bloodgood,  Anita Clayton,  Gene Corbett, John Gazewood, Donald Innes (Chair),  Howard Kutchai, Marcus Martin, Chris Peterson, Jerry Short, Linda Watson,  Bill Wilson, Brian Wispelwey, Nnaemeka Anyadike, Michael Richardson, Sixtine Valdelievre,  Debra Reed (secretary) 

  1. Curriculum posters

    Posters explaining the curricular changes were reviewed.  These had been displayed at the recent May 6th Joint Clerkship, Selective and Elective meeting and had been well received.

  2. Patient Clinical encounter Program

    A number of avenues are being explored to find UVA attendings, fellows and senior residents to provide approximately 1-2 hours of patient encounter in either the clinic [or ward] for students in the second half of the first year and the fall of the second year. A role for community physicians in Charlottesville is also being investigated. John Gazewood is leading this effort.

  3. Department presentations

    Presentations explaining the new curriculum have been made to several departments including Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, and Psychiatry. Sessions with Neurology and with Family Medicine are pending. Drs. Keeley, Wilson and Innes have done the presentations and are willing to visit others.

  4. BS4C

    The BS4C program initial funding is being resolved and a tentative time table for implementation in place. The three components of the program (plenary, discipline focus groups and electives) were discussed, recognizing the need for presentation and exploration of cutting edge of science as applied to clinical medicine while maintaining the student interest level. We believe the bend as proposed will achieve this. Latitude must be accorded the course director.

  5. Clinical Connections

    A wrap-up discussion of the Clinical Connections program was held with Reid Adams. The program is judged an overall success; important to achieving a broad medical education for our students in accordance with LCME goals. Clinical Reflections is being moved to the end of the day. Consideration must be given to two short 1/2-day focused sessions to maintain student interest and to allow for coverage of essential topics for all students. The issue of nursing student participation has been positive. We hope to continue this, but scheduling difficulties with the Life Saving workshop has limited the sessions planned this year to only one.  Students who fail to attend the required sessions will be referred to the promotions committee. Additional explanation of the Clinical Connection activities needs to be made to the clerkship directors and teaching faculty as the new academic year begins in July. The next Joint Clerkship, Selective and Electives meeting is another venue to deliver an explanation and answer questions.