Minutes 091709

Minutes 091709

University of Virginia School of  Medicine
Curriculum Committee


Pediatric Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.                       

Present (underlined) were: Gretchen Arnold,  Dan Becker, Robert Bloodgood, Megan Bray, Eugene Corbett, Thomas Gampper, Wendy Golden, Donald Innes (Chair), Keith Littlewood, Veronica Michaelsen, Mohan Nadkarni, Chris Peterson, Jerry Short, Linda Waggoner-Fountain, Bill WilsonMary Kate Worden,  Lisa Herrmann, Evan Lapinsky, Brad Bradenham, Debra Reed (secretary)

  1. Proposal Requesting Dual Degree Status for the MS-CR Program in Public Health Sciences

    Carolyn Englehard addressed the questions raised at last week's Curriculum Committee meeting regarding this proposal in telephone and email communications.  The 3 week elective credit for research would be a part of the 12 week limit all medical students now have for research elective credit.  No part of the current medical school curriculum would be replaced as part of this dual degree program. 

    With these questions answered the Curriculum Committee agreed to support this program.  The Dual Degree Committee will be notified.

  2. End of First Year USMLE Style Examination.  After conferring with Elizabeth Bradley of the Assessment Committee, at this time there appears no reason to continue this examination. The Committee was in complete agreement. This may be revisited as changes occur in LCME testing and the "Next Generation" Cells to Society Curriculum begins. 

  3. Program Evaluation Committee.   Veronica Michaelsen gave a brief report on the progress of this Committee.  

    Five goals are guiding the curriculum renewal process have been outlined: 

    Goal 1: Assure all graduates demonstrate mastery of the 12 UVA School of Medicine Competencies required of the Contemporary Physician. 

    Goal 2: Integrate content around the organ systems 

    Goal 3:  Integrate clinical and basic science content across the four years and within systems. 

    Goal 4: Utilize more active learning methodologies and provide a learner-centered curriculum. 

    Goal 5: Provide frequent and developmental opportunities for clinical skill learning throughout the curriculum.

    The Program Evaluation Committee is determining how to best evaluate the success of these goals and will present their plan to the Curriculum Committee on 10/8/09.  The Curriculum Committee will be asked for input at that time.

  4. Curriculum Development.  Sue Pollart has begun work on implementing Faculty development for the new curriculum.  A new room in the computer areas of the library has been created as a "mock-up" of a classroom in the new medical education building.  The walls are in the process of being "wallpapered" with outlines for each week of the new curriculum.  Faculty and students will be asked to review the weeks and leave comments for content developers.  

    Faculty who are planning the systems will be among the first to participate in faculty development activities in this room 

  5. Article of Interest: 

    Case Western Reserve University Med Students Learn from One Another.  June Q. Wu, 8/18/09 Health and Fitness Northeast OH Healthy Living and Medical Consumer News. 

  6. Next Generation" Cells to Society Curriculum Timeline & Deliverables; August 2009 - October 2010 (updated 9/17/09) 

    A tentative timeline for completion of all aspects of the new curriculum was distributed to the Committee.   The Committee was asked to review and send comments and or suggestions to Don Innes via e-mail. [Nothing received as of September 22.]

  7. Student Assessment Community.  Jerry Short discussed a draft of the charge to Student Assessment Community

    The Student Assessment Community will develop a template for assessing student performance in the Next Generation Curriculum. The template will specify assessment guidelines for the Foundations, Systems, and Clinical Performance components of the curriculum.  The Assessment Guidelines will address the following topics:

    Timing and scheduling of formative and summative assessments in the curriculum
    Types of assessments
    The scoring and reporting of assessment outcomes to students, faculty and administrators
    Responsibilities for constructing , administering and reporting assessments

    The Student Assessment Community will NOT be involved in constructing or administering quizzes, tests or other types of student assessments.  These activities will be the conducted by the Communities directing the Foundations, Systems, and Clinical Performance components of the curriculum.

    The Student Assessment Community will monitor the process of student assessment in the Next Generation curriculum, review the statistical characteristics of the assessments (e.g. reliability, validity, score distributions, item analysis), collect faculty and student evaluations of the assessment system, and make recommendations to the Curriculum Committee for improving student assessment in annual reports.

    The Student Assessment Community will recommend to the Curriculum Committee an end-of-basic-science summative assessment, probably utilizing an NBME comprehensive exam.  If this recommendation is approved, the Student Assessment Community will be responsible for administering the comprehensive exam.

    The Committee noted that the Systems Leaders need advice on when and what types of student assessment is expected as soon as possible so that time can be made available for these assessment activities in the curriculum.

    Since simulation activities should also be part of student assessment tool, it was suggested that Keith Littlewood also serve on this committee.

    Student assessment at the end of each system will be necessary for Student Affairs to address students who need remediation.

    Time requirements for study and assessment were discussed.  Students will need time prior to organized course activities to properly prepare. 

  8. Recent LCME Accreditation Reports.  The Committee discussed importance of  awareness of recent LCME accreditation actions. Of note was the focus on computer databases and the need to map the curriculum so that the range, breadth and frequency of subjects covered over the course of the undergraduate program are easily identified and understood.  Other areas of focus were programs to help residents with their teaching skills, provision of sufficient resources and authority, and adequate locker space. We           should learn more at the fall AAMC meeting.

  9. Next Generation Schema.   Don Innes reviewed briefly the latest schematic for the "Next Generation" Cells to Society.   

Donald Innes