Minutes 05.23.02

Minutes 05.23.02

University of Virginia School of Medicine

Curriculum Committee

Minutes 05.23.02

Pediatric Pathology Conference Room, 4:00 PM

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

  1. Meeting with first year students - Lisa Coray, Chair of the Student Medical Education Committee, organized a meeting of first year students (approximately 40 students attending) with Don Innes and Jerry Short to discuss first year curriculum issues. Jerry Short summarized comments from the meeting, both positive and negative. These comments will help the committee in the ongoing course reviews. Additional meetings with the first and second year students will be planned for the 2002-03 academic year.

  2. Who Should Pay for Handouts for Students? Drs. Short, Innes, and Pearson discussed this issue at the Deans meeting on Thursday morning, 5/23/02. Handout expenses for the first two years of medical school are estimated to be between $80,000-$100,000 (approximately 1.6% of tuition income). Due to recent budget shortfalls, it was suggested that students purchase the handouts directly from the copy centers as in the undergraduate schools. The Committee did not endorse this proposal.

  3. Adult Learning/Education - Jann Balmer will attend the June 20th Curriculum Committee meeting to talk about Adult Learning/Education. The Principles and Clincal Medicine committees will be invited to attend.

  4. Issues of "standard setting" for our students in individual courses. (Bill Wilson) There is a body of literature that addresses issues of "standard setting" (some are quite complex). There are various methods of standard setting - norm based standards, which uses descriptive statistical measures (mean, median, standard deviation) and content based standards which looks at the content of the exam and determines the amount of the material that should have been learned by the examinee in order to achieve a passing grade. Steps in developing content based standards - 1) choose judges to set minimum standards; 2) define the minimum passing performance on the specific exam.

  5. Achieving a better understanding of the 4th year: (Eugene Corbett)

    1.patterns of elective selection by individual students
    2.knowledge and skill competency achieved
    3.quality of the advising system
    4.the relationship between performance in years 1, 2 and 3 with #1 and #2 above
    5.data on how our graduates perform in the 1st post grad year
    6.standards for 4th year education in the future

    This ties closely to the need for better patient skills in the third year (and the emphasis on the Passports; "master" teacher concept) and the need for a mechanism of remediation or tune-up when appropriate in the fourth year.

-Don Innes