Minutes 090105

Minutes 090105

University of Virginia School of  Medicine
Curriculum Committee

Surgery Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.                        

Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Eve BargmannDaniel Becker, Robert BloodgoodGene Corbett, John Gazewood, Jennifer Harvey, Donald Innes (Chair),  Howard Kutchai, Marcus Martin, Chris Peterson, Jerry Short, Bill WilsonAnthony DeBenedet, Sixtine ValdelievreDebra Reed (secretary) 

  1. Neurology Clerkship Grades.  The Neurology Clerkship will retain Pass/Fail grading for the 2005-06 and 2006-07 course years.  In 2007-08 Neurology will begin using the A-F system as is used by other clerkships.  The Curriculum Committee would like to see comparison data from past and future years for evaluation purposes. Please see Dr. Short for study design.

  2. Basic Science for Careers (BSC).  Don Innes met with the Director of BSC, Debra Perina,  to discuss development plans.  She will be assembling a planning committee and will contact Anthony Debenedet and Sixtene Valdelievre for help in recruiting student members. Again the Curriculum Committee is interested in evaluation studies of this program. Will the BS4C program achieve its objectives? What unforeseen outcomes may develop? Both formative and summative evaluations must be implemented. Please see Dr. Short for study design.

  3. Center for Humanism in Medicine (CHM).  Dan Becker, Director of CHM, outlined the program for the Curriculum Committee. 

    The Center for Humanism in Medicine (CHM) at the University of Virginia School of Medicine fosters and sustains the humanistic impulses that draw students, residents and faculty to medicine and enrich its practice. CHM has three goals:

    to demonstrate and investigate new ways of teaching the human, social, and cultural dimensions of illness, health and health care;

    to provide programs that lead to professional development and personal renewal;
    and to make the humanities and arts a significant presence within the academic medical community. 

    CHM introduces the humanities and the arts into the medical curriculum and into the life of the academic medical community, with the goal of enriching the study and practice of medicine through attention to and reflection on humanistic values, expressions and traditions, including spiritual and ethical concerns. A program of the Dean's Office, CHM offers interdisciplinary educational opportunities for students, residents and faculty, and helps link the School of Medicine with the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the University's other professional schools.

    The Center will review when/where/how Humanism is incorporated into the School of Medicine undergraduate curriculum and seek to enhance it.  Dr. Becker noted that there has been concern about the loss of “humanism” in the third year.  Faculty and resident development will be necessary to remedy this.  Attempts have been made to attract residents to “support groups” but have not been well received in light of the 80 hour work week.  The possibility of establishing a “blog” on the internet was mentioned.    The third year Clinical Conversations which are a part of the Clinical Connections course, will be revamped to include humanism topics.  The Center will also be looking to incorporate topics into the curriculum of PoM1 and PoM2.    Chris Peterson mentioned that winners of the Humanism in Medicine awards might be interested in helping the Center identify where humanism is now in the Curriculum.

  4. Selective/Elective Program.    The Selective/Elective program will begin in a modified version in 2006-07 with full implementation in 2007-08.  The clinical Medicine Committee is to begin work on development of the Selectives.  Some will be “testing” proposed Selectives as  two week electives this year.  Bill Wilson was asked to work with Meg Keeley, Electives Director, and assemble a small working group to get the selectives going and report back to the Curriculum Committee sometime in October.    The selectives program will allow the student more time early in the fourth year for independant exploration to aid them in their career choices.  Another objective of the program is to enhance our student’s abilities prior to residency interviews by providing more experience in their chosen field. 

    It was suggested that an ad hoc committee be established to monitor this program and assemble information for an educational research project.  It is important to begin now so we have a control group.  Dr. Peterson was asked to seek a junior faculty member on an education tract who might be interested in taking this on.

    The need for student mentors from the medical faculty and appropriate development of the mentors was discussed.  This will be explored by the Wilson/Keeley working group. It was suggested that PoM-1 preceptors might continue to meet with their groups in a career advisory capacity during third year until which time a student narrows his/her career choice and can then select a mentor from that field.  Faculty development for advisors is required.

Donald J. Innes