University of Virginia School of
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,
- 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.
- "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
- 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
- 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
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.
- 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
- Grading Task Force. The Grading Task Force will meet within
the next few weeks to complete their recommendations to the Curriculum
- Exploratory. The Exploratory program has not been forgotten
and work will continue on the project in the coming months.
- 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.
- 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