Minutes 09.14.06

Minutes 09.14.06

University of Virginia School of  Medicine
Curriculum Committee

Surgery Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.                       

Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Gretchen Arnold, Eve Bargmann,  Daniel Becker, Robert BloodgoodGene Corbett, JohnGazewood, Jennifer Harvey, Donald Innes (Chair),  Howard Kutchai, Marcus Martin, Chris Peterson, Jerry Short, Bill WilsonDevin Mackay, Kavita  Sharma,  Debra Reed (secretary)

  1. Grade Distribution. A copy of grade distributions on the Medicine clerkship from a number of schools that use different "Pass/Fail" grading systems, courtesy of Dr. Michael Rein and the CDIM group, was distributed and briefly discussed. It was noted that the percentages of "pass", "high pass", and "honors" grades varied markedly among the institutions.

  2. Clinical Skills Program. Dr. Corbett completed his discussion of the clinical skills. The Clerkship Clinical Skills Education Program (CCSEP) is an interdisciplinary effort of the departments of Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Family Medicine. Its purpose is to maintain and expand clerkship clinical skills workshops (now number 31, small group sessions which bring together selected faculty to teach basic clinical skills to students), establish a clerkship-level clinical skills assessment process (OSCE [Objective Structured Clinical Examination] assessment exercises now number 28), and develop a UVA clinical skills education website. The program also involves faculty development with emphasis upon clinical skills teaching skills. 

    The Curriculum Committee supports the Clinical Skills Program.  The development of clinical skill teaching modules, incorporation of these modules into the clerkships, and measuring their effect on clinical skill abilities is a valuable addition to the Curriculum.  This program should progress to include more modules, evaluation of all students' clinical skills and further evaluation of the program itself.   The program should develop workshops for Surgery and OB/GYN and possibly Neurology.  It is worthy of support by the School of Medicine.

  3. Content in Color. The "Content in Color for Foundation of Medicine and Core Systems" was discussed by the Curriculum Committee. This is intended as a management tool to identify unwanted redundancies and omissions in the Foundations and Core Systems of Medicine as part of the Curriculum Committee's monitoring of the content and workload in each discipline. Content in Color will be reviewed at the time of the Principles of Medicine review of all annual reports with cross-course comparison and generation of a full report every three years,

    The Curriculum Committee endorsed development of a similar "Content in Color" for material covered on USMLE Step 2CK for Foundations and Core Systems and for the Clerkships using the content outlines for USMLE Step 2 CK was endorsed. This will be undertaken after the LCME site visit.

  4. Dr. Short gave an excellent presentation of several topics related to medical education; this was an abbreviated version of a previous presentation to the Foundations and Core Systems committee, and covered topics such as formative and summative assessment, norm-referenced and criterion-referenced assessment, and validity and reliability.

  5. The meeting was adjourned at 5 PM. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, September 21.

William G. Wilson