Minutes 09.12.02

Minutes 09.12.02

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee

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

  1. 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 clerkship.

    A standard course textbook (Beckmann) has been adopted here at UVA and lectures have been formalized with an increase in faculty participation.

    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 and faculty.

    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 deficiencies.

    * 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 sites.

    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.

  2. Next weeks agenda includes review of the Cell & Tissue (Bob Bloodgood) and Pharmacology interim report (Carl Creutz).
-Don Innes