Minutes 06.04.09

Minutes 06.04.09

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee
Minutes 06.04.09

Pediatric Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.                       

 Present (underlined) were: Gretchen ArnoldDan Becker, Robert Bloodgood, Megan Bray, Eugene Corbett, Thomas Gampper, Wendy Golden, Donald Innes (Chair), Keith Littlewood, Veronica Michaelsen, Mohan Nadkarni, Chris Peterson, Jerry Short, Linda Waggoner-Fountain, Bill Wilson, Mary Kate Worden,  Lisa Herrmann, Evan Lapinsky, Debra Reed (secretary) Guests: Brad Bradenham, Pam Herrington

  1. Announcements:   The Roanoke Times reports that the new medical school - Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, in Roanoke has received preliminary accreditation and can now begin to recruit students.  The school will open by August 2010 with approximately 42 students. 

  2. Psychiatric Medicine Clerkship Review.  Pam Herrington met with the Curriculum Committee to discuss the recently submitted Psychiatric Medicine clerkship report.  Dr. Herrington outlined the program and how it works at the various sites (Roanoke Carilion, Salem VA, Western State and at UVA).    Students are require to complete the on line patient logs and a Passport.  The Curriculum Committee encourages continued review of the patient logs and passports by the course director at midpoint of the rotation to determine student compliance and to alert students by e-mail if at least 50% has not been completed.   All of the sites provide an inpatient experience.  Electives in an outpatient psychiatric setting are being discussed but are difficult to arrange.  There is one two week selective in an outpatient setting at the present time but it is not optimal due to the short time frame students can follow a patient.

    The clerkship has approximately 14 students per month - equally spread between Roanoke/Salem (2-3 each), UVA (4-5) and Western State (4-5).

    ED-2 items are listed on the passport and must be signed off prior to the student taking the shelf exam.  A completed passport is often referred to as the "ticket" to take the shelf exam.

    The course director is aware of variation in the orientation packets/lecture notes at the various sites.  A consolidated outline to be used at all sites would be ideal but will take some time to prepare.

    The Clerkship Director communicates with faculty both inside and outside of UVA via e-mail.  One on one face-to-face communication is more common within the University of Virginia at faculty meetings and on the floors.

    The Clerkship Coordinator position is occupied by Rebecca Johnson who is an outstanding addition to the course.  

    The Curriculum Committee thanks Dr. Herrington for her detailed report and the well run Psychiatric Medicine clerkship.  The Committee also offers support to the clerkship if the director feels it is needed.

  3. Institutional Programs and Educational Activities to Address the Needs of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT)  Students and Patients.  Brad Bradenham brought a recommendation proposal from the Joint AAMC-GSA and AAMC-OSR regarding Institutional Programs and Educational Activities to address the needs of GLBT Students and Patients.  Meredith Rogers (SMD 2010) attended a meeting of the GSA where this topic was addressed.  She has since met with SMEC (Brad Bradenham) to develop a specific plan to implement curriculum revisions to address these issues.  A plan, including modifications in SIM, PoM1 and 2 CPD, the 2nd year Psychiatric Medicine course, the Sexual Health Clinical Connection as well as the possible addition of an away elective at the Cllen-Lorde Community Health Center were discussed.  Development of  a faculty development component also seems appropriate.  It was noted by the committee (Bill Wilson)  that these topics are covered in the current curriculum but are perhaps not as apparent as they could be.  The Committee supports Meredith Rogers in her attempt to integrate this topic into the curriculum and encourages her to work with course directors, Dana Redick (Clinical Connections) and particularly Fern Hauck (Cultural Competency) to further enhance this topic.   

  4. "Next Generation" Preliminary Calendar.  Proposed drafts of possible "Next Generation" calendars were distributed.  The number of weeks for each component of the curriculum are still not fixed and will be changed as necessary.  The number of weeks assigned now is in line with those at other medical schools who have a Systems Based Curriculum.  

    The possible addition of a "Bugs and Drugs" course was briefly discussed.  This course would not replace these items in the individual systems but rather be an introductory component/overview prior to the systems.

    The Committee was asked to consider the topics, orders, etc. and share comments with Don Innes.

Donald Innes
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