Minutes 09.02.99

Minutes 09.02.99

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee
Minutes 09.02.99

Pediatric-Pathology Conference Room 4:00pm

Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Robert Bloodgood, Anita Clayton, Al Connors, Gene Corbett, Donald Innes (Chair), Steven Meixel, Jerry Short, Bill Wilson, Robb Williams (Mark Mikkelsen), Debra Reed (Secretary)

1) The meeting opened with a discussion of the final version of the Medical School Objective #2.

Competence in the human sciences:

a) in the acquisition of current scientific knowledge as it applies to the clinical understanding of human health and disease, and

b) in the application of research methodology to the acquisition and development of medical knowledge pertaining to human health and disease.

After a lengthy discussion, the revision of Medical School Objective #2 was referred to a subgroup of the committee comprised of Dr. Bloodgood, Dr. Connors, Dr. Corbett, Dr. Short and other interested members. This subgroup will refine this objective statement and report back to the committee next week.


2) The content of a Curriculum Committee position paper (to also be sent as a letter to Dr. Carey) regarding adequacy of educational facilities was reviewed.

Adequate small group facilities are a critical necessity for the successful functioning of a contemporary medical undergraduate curriculum.

At present, the availability of rooms for small group teaching is inadequate at the UVA School of Medicine. Rooms are widely scattered and inconsistently available. Rooms generally lack proper lighting, lighting control, climate control and computer access.

The committee agreed that properly equipped additional small group facilities are a necessity for curriculum modernization. Other schools at UVA, the Darden School being the best example, and other U.S. medical schools have recognized this need and acted to provide adequate instructional space.

Utmost care must be taken in design and construction of new educational facilities to accommodate small to large groups of students, control lighting and in the selection of AV and digital equipment. Rooms should be available to accommodate groups of 6-10 students; 10-30 students and some small enough for patient encounters.

It was recommended that the letter should also address immediate needs for meeting space. It was noted that at this time, a 3 story bustle to the library is proposed (going toward Lee St.) and is primarily for education. A new building MR6, with potential for research and medical education, is also in the planning stages.


3) Dr. Innes' proposed letter to the faculty was generally endorsed by the committee. The committee approved inclusion of their e-mail addresses in the letter.


4) The Goals statement was also generally endorsed by the committee. The question was raised as to how this compares to the Hastings objectives and the AAMC goals. Changes in phrasing of specific words/paragraphs, however, were suggested.


5) Plans for a Curriculum WEB site were approved. The most appropriate place to link this page would be under Education on the Medical Education home page, however, links to other sites might also be constructed. The site would include initially a roster of committee members, vision and goals statements, and later, as they are readied, the objectives, meeting minutes, position papers, proposals etc. The site would become a place for communication with the general faculty allowing for an exchange of ideas.


6) Plans for restructuring the governance or committee organization for the four years of medical school were briefly discussed.  


Donald J Innes, M.D.