University of Virginia School of
The Curriculum Committee met August 5, 1999 at 4:00 in the Pediatric
Pathology Conference Room.
Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Robert
Bloodgood, Anita Clayton, Al Connors, Gene Corbett,
Donald Innes (Chair), Steven Meixel, Jerry Short, Bill
Wilson, Robb Williams, Debra Reed (Secretary)
The meeting was opened with introductions and a brief background
review by Don Innes on the creation and goals of the Curriculum
In the most recent LCME review, the LCME expressed its
disappointment with the failure (of the Medical School) to
satisfactorily address several accreditation shortcomings that were
noted in the 1991 survey. Among these, were management and evaluation
of the curriculum in accordance with accreditation requirements;
inadequate evaluation of the education program effectiveness through
assessment of learning outcomes, slow pace of expanding students'
education experience in ambulatory care and the lack of faculty bylaws
as required by accreditation standards. A NIH report on the Medical
School MSTP program also criticized the program for similar problems
and in part as a result, funding for the program was not renewed. In
"Looking Back - Students Evaluate the First Two Years of Medical
School," Dean's town meetings, Mulholland reports and other critiques
the students have focused on similar issues.
In response, Dean Carey established the position of "Dean of
Curriculum" and appointed Donald Innes to this position. The Curriculum
Committee will be the body to oversee the curriculum. The CC will
manage the curriculum through a process of monitoring, evaluation and
DRAFT: The Curriculum Committee is
responsible for defining the goals and objectives of the curriculum;
for developing a working plan including teaching responsibilities for
each course and clerkship ; for delineating an overall schedule; for
coordinating implementation of the plan and for managing a program of
continuous curricular evaluation and improvement. The Curriculum
Committee works in conjunction with the Curriculum Support Committee in
evaluation of the educational structure and programs (including all
courses, clerkships and elective activities, and instructors). The
Curriculum Committee adjusts the curriculum as appropriate based on
Curriculum Support Committee findings.
The Curriculum Committee executes the curriculum through the
operations of the "Principles of Medicine Committee" and "Clinical
Medicine Committee" committees which act as both the sensors and
effectors for the Curriculum Committee.
Members of the committee were selected because they are all leaders
at the Medical Center, thinkers, open minded, visionaries, have a
dedication to medical education and understand the survival skill of
adaptability. Core vision and purpose statements were presented.
Core Values for Medical Education at
- Attract, motivate and guide outstanding people by nurturing the
dreams of those embarking on a career in medicine
- Engage the creative abilities of people to generate new knowledge
and improve the quality of life
- Foster excellence in medical education which blends compassion,
technical ability and thirst for knowledge
Core Purpose for Medical Education at
- To train physicians to help people achieve healthy productive lives
and advance knowledge in the medical sciences
Our goal as a committee should be to have other medical schools look
to our curriculum as a model a few years down the road. We will need to
prove that what we do actually helps. One of our first tasks will be to
devise a means of monitoring the curriculum. We will need to work
closely with Dr. Short's Support Committee to devise useful evaluative
tools. We must format a strategy for an appropriate response and then
educate our faculty as to the importance and value of their teaching
Each member was asked to determine what they believe the goals
medical education at UVA should be and discuss this at the next
Don Innes recently attended the International Association of Medical
Student Educators in Washington, DC. He will present summaries of
segments of the meeting at future CC meetings and encouraged others to
bring education related information from all sources to our meetings.
"integration is in the mind of the learner"
A timetable for these curriculum adjustments was briefly discussed.
Dr. Innes would like to have a broad plan established by November 1999
and begin implementation of this plan by the year 2001.
We may wish to invite guest speakers to inform us in regard to
curricular matters. We may invite Dean Carey to a future meeting for a
discussion of strategy. Don Innes will consult with Munsey Wheby
Regular weekly meetings will be held Thursday at 4:00 p.m. in the
Pediatric Pathology Conference Room.
Donald J. Innes, Jr., M.D.