University of Virginia School of
Pediatric Pathology Conference Room, 4:00 pm
Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Robert
Bloodgood, Victoria Camerini, Anita Clayton, Lisa Coray,
Gene Corbett, Donald Innes (Chair), Vern Juel, Howard
Kutchai, Jerry Short, Bill Wilson, Nikhil Rao, Debra
Reed (secretary) Guest: Jennifer Wenger
- OB/GYN Clerkship Progress Report. Following recommendations
by the 2001-2002 Clerkship review, Jennifer Wenger outlined current and
proposed changes to the OB/GYN Clerkship.
Standardized learning objectives are used - the "Blue" book form
the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO). Each
student receives a copy of the objectives at the beginning of the
A standard course textbook (Beckmann) has been adopted here at
UVA and lectures have been formalized with an increase in faculty
Student evaluations are now web-based which has improved efficiency of
grading system. Work has begun on a web-based education program which
will be available to all sites.
This years annual residents retreat will focus on teaching skills
and teaching responsibilities. Teaching responsibilities have been
made explicit through regular faculty and resident meetings. New
resident teaching awards for each six week rotation recognize
excellence in teaching.
Students receive feedback on a routine basis every two-week block
through the guidance of the passport evaluation form. Future plans
include institution of weekly verbal feedback from the chief residents
Meetings have been set up with the Roanoke faculty to standardize the
student experience at all sites.
Recent evaluations are reported to be positive with no glaring
* The Committee stressed the LCME requirement of a uniform experience
for students at all sites. The objectives, textbook, passport use and
student evaluation must be equivalent at all sites.
* The Committee also recommended a series of standardized cases be
developed such as those used in Surgery, Pediatrics, and Neurology.
Drs. Adams, Wilson and Juel will provide a copies of their cases to Dr.
Winger as examples. Implementation of case-based curriculum would help
to guarantee a more consistent learning experiences at all
Some concerns were noted regarding the number of students in each
rotation (varies between 9 and 12). Dr. Winger thought that 10 or 11
students would be ideal for our patient population (12 being too many
for a good educational experience).
Dr. Wenger noted a decreased threshold for professionalism on the wards
recently. The Committee recommended that behavioral guidelines be
developed and discussed with the students during orientation. Faculty
should be made aware of the * behavioral expectations and student
grades should reflect performance in this area. Faculty should be
reminded that they are the professional models for our students.
The Committee recommends that the Department of Gynecology and
Obstetrics provide support for her membership in a national
organization devoted to OB/GYN education such as APGO.
The Committee discussed how the maximum 80 hour week for residents will
effect undergraduate medical education. Students may play a larger role
as part of the medical team, but, on the down side, may receive less
individual attention from both residents and faculty.
The Committee is exceptionally pleased to have Dr. Wenger as the new
Gynecology and Obstetrics director. The Committee pledged to assist
her in making the Gynecology and Obstetrics Clerkship an important
focus of the department. Expressions of thanks go to Dr. Bill Herbert
for his service as past clerkship director and for the excellent
support he has provided to Dr. Wenger.
- Next weeks agenda includes review of the Cell & Tissue (Bob
Bloodgood) and Pharmacology interim report (Carl Creutz).
- -Don Innes