University of Virginia School of
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,
Susan Squillace (Generalist Scholars Program), Munsey
Wheby, Bill Wilson, Robb Williams (Mark Mikkelsen),
Debra Reed (Secretary)
1) Susan Squillace reviewed the Generalist Scholars Program
(GSP). The GSP was initiated with a grant from the Robert Wood
Johnson Generalist Initiative with a goal of attracting students who
are 1) scholars and 2) interested in primary care medicine. The program
includes a combination of mentoring, research and curriculum
enhancement. During the summer before first year, GSP students are
given a three week (mini DPI) course and a week long preceptorship.
This program generates a high level of enthusiasm going into medical
school. The students are paired with a physician mentor, who also
becomes their DPI instructor and fourth year thesis advisor. Biweekly
GSP luncheon meetings held for all students and mentors keeps the
student's level of enthusiasm for medicine burning brightly. The
success of the GSP relies on the close relationship developed with
faculty mentors and senior student mentors.
The Physical Diagnosis course directors attempt to schedule the GSP
student activities in a community setting. The program also works with
the student to schedule electives in a community rather than in a
tertiary care setting. During the fourth year, the students take a
humanities course, Literature in Medicine, and advanced Physical
Diagnosis. In addition, a month is devoted to a thesis project
in the form of literature research, clinical practice, or a lab
project. The thesis paper is presented during a research day program
held shortly before graduation.
Six students from each class have been enrolled in the GSP for the
last several years. Three students each year were accepted during the
first few years of the project. Students are selected after being
offered admission to medical school. GSP students are provided with
scholarship funding of $5000 per year. Students are required to
maintain at least a B average and must agree to complete at least 3
years of residency and then 3 years in a primary care field or refund
the scholarship funds.
Dr. Squillace suggested that the placement of students into an
office (more natural) setting was beneficial; the opportunity for a
fourth year "tune-up" was valuable, and that the 4th year
humanities elective allowed GSP students to get "out of the white
coat" and into reading and thinking which helps round their experience.
In addition the GSP summer program would appear to be beneficial for
all incoming medical students. All students might also benefit from
faculty and upper class student mentoring as demonstrated in
Although too early to have complete data on the GSP, feedback from
students and mentors has been positive.
2) Dr. Corbett presented the revised research objective #2.
Competence in the human sciences:
a. in the understanding of current clinically
relevant medical science
b. in scientific principles as they apply to the analysis
and further development of medical knowledge.
With one modification, "expansion" of medical knowledge replacing
"development" of medical knowledge, this objective was approved by the
committee. Dr. Corbett was asked to flesh out the details of this
objective over the next week or two for presentation to the
3) The letter to the faculty proposed at last weeks meeting has been
reviewed by Dean Carey and Dr. Wheby with only minor modifications
suggested and incorporated.
4) The 09.16.99 meeting will feature 1) Gary Owens, Director of the
MD Ph.D. program discussing the M.D./Ph.D. program interface with the
general medical school curriculum and 2) discussion of the governance
a) The Web site for the University of Rochester School of
Medicine & Dentistry is well done and includes information
regarding their curriculum. The address is http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/SMD/admiss/MedEdu.html
b) The Web site for the University of University of Sydney Medical
Program includes information regarding their new curriculum. They are
promoting a "Open House" offering an opportunity to see how they
modified their curriculum and how it might be translated for others.
The address is http://www.medfac.usyd.edu.au/showcase/intro.htm
Donald J Innes, M.D.