Minutes 09.07.01

Minutes 09.07.01

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee
Minutes 09.07.01

Pediatric Pathology Conference Room, 4:00 PM

Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Robert Bloodgood, Victoria Camerini, Anita Clayton, Al Connors, Gene Corbett, Donald Innes (Chair), Nelle Linz, Jerry Short, Howard Kutchai, Bill Wilson, Debra Reed

  1. Third Year Clinical Clerkship Grade Distribution.Comparison of the grade distribution across clerkships seems fairly equitable. The Committee expressed an interest in finding out if there was a correlation between students who received low or failing USMLE scores and students who received a D/F in a clerkship. Little correlation between grades in medical school and performance in residency programs has been reported.

  2. "Curriculum Innovation in Medical Education: Preparing Students for the 21st Century." This conference sponsored by the University of Wisconsin Medical School is October 12-13, 2001 in Madison, WI. Interested members should contact the Associate Dean for Curriculum.

  3. Clerkship Passports. The Passports should be collected by the Clerkship Directors and then sent to either Bill Wilson or Don Innes. After review they will be returned to the clerkship directors. Bill Wilson will make sure the Directors know that the passports must be collected.

  4. More "marketing" for the Passports appears to be necessary. Some students feel intimidated in asking attending physicians for signatures. Others report that some attending physicians are not receptive to the passports. Attending physicians need to be made aware that the passport is not only to meet LCME standards but is designed to enhance interaction between faculty and students.

    Clerkship director's will be asked to ask their faculty let students know that faculty are aware of the passports, that they are open to signing them and identifying times most convenient for observation and sign-off. The role of the resident or fellow in passport completion was discussed especially in that a number of the skills are most often taught, supervised and observed by a senior resident or fellow. Still, faculty must recall their roots and their primary calling as teachers. In all cases the mid-term evaluation should be signed-off by faculty. It is hoped that in time the passports will become part of the clerkship "culture" and be appreciated for the teaching tool it was designed to be.

  5. Student Clerkship Evaluation. A special student clerkship evaluation form has been designed to be sent to a limited number of students participating in each of the clerkships. Nell Linz will review the evaluation form and send the form to the selected students for completion.

  6. Grading Task Force. The Grading Task Force will meet within the next few weeks to complete their recommendations to the Curriculum Committee.

  7. Exploratory. The Exploratory program has not been forgotten and work will continue on the project in the coming months.

  8. Curriculum Integration. The Committee will meet with the Directors of the Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics courses to learn how their integration efforts faired last year. Inclusion of an Immunopathology segment during the last weeks of first year was briefly discussed. A short series of lectures on the basics of cell injury, etc., could act as an introduction to the second year.

  9. Next week, Thursday, September 13, the Curriculum Committee will meet to hear: "Is Academic Medicine For Sale?" by Marcia Angell, past editor of the New England Journal of Medicine.

    Time: 4 pm Thursday, September 13
    Location: Jordan Conference Center Auditorium

-Don Innes
-dmr