Minutes 08.26.02

Minutes 08.26.02

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee

Pediatric Pathology Conference Room, 4:00 pm

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

  1. Proposed New Clinical Exam Draws Cost, Efficacy Concerns,” an article in the AAMC Reporter was distributed and discussed briefly. This new component of the USMLE will aim to objectively measure the ability of medical students to take patient histories, perform physical exams and communicate effectively with patients and colleagues. Maintaining the CPX program in light of the current budget situation is essential to properly prepare students for this new section of the USMLE.

  2. School of Medicine/Medical Center Joint Planning Process. Faculty members will be selected to participate in teams to develop and outline a 3-5 year plan for the School of Medicine and the Medical Center. The goal is to create one plan that encompasses both the School of Medicine and the Medical Center and which benefits both. Don Innes and Tom Massaro will lead the education team. The Curriculum Committee will be called upon as a consultant group to the Education Team.

  3. A Primer for Disaster Medicine and Public Health Emergencies (developed by Mark Kirk, submitted by Marge Sidebottom) Proposal was distributed to the committee. The purpose of this course is to “provide a foundation of knowledge and skills for individuals to make meaningful contributions for their level of training to a disaster response and... to create a large workforce with focused skills that would be available to respond to a large-scale mass casualty incidents, both locally or to distant areas of need.” Elements of disaster training are already incorporated into parts of PoM-1, Pathology, and Clinical Connections. The possibility of an elective half-day session for both faculty and students which could earn CME credit for faculty and Clinical Connection credit for students was mentioned. The fourth year ACLS exercise might also incorporate some disaster preparation skills.

  4. Agenda items for subsequent Curriculum Committee meetings were discussed. Course and clerkship review schedules will be developed. There is need for extensive and close special monitoring of certain courses, but others should submit a yearly report with brief Curriculum Committee discussion and feedback. Future agenda items also include the Master Clinician Program and funding priorities for medical education.
-Don Innes