Minutes 09.23.99

Minutes 09.23.99

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee
Minutes 09.23.99

Pediatric Pathology Conference Room,4:00 p.m.

Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Bob Bloodgood, Anita Clayton, Al Connors, Gene Corbett, Joanna Goldberg, Donald Innes (Chair), Steven Meixel, Jerry Short, Bill Wilson, Munsey Wheby, Robb Williams, Debra Reed (Secretary)


  1. Joanna Goldberg, Ph.D. from Microbiology, was welcomed as a new member of the Curriculum Committee.

  2. Don Innes presented an overview of his remarks to the faculty at the 9/22/99 General Faculty Meeting. The talk and slides will be incorporated into the Curriculum WEB site.

  3. The Curriculum Committee WEB site is now under construction and should be activated by 9/28/99. Initially, faculty and students will be able to contact members of the Curriculum Committee via e-mail from WEB site hot links, however a Curriculum Newsgroup, similar to the Medical Student newsgroups is planned.

  4. Curriculum Management was the main topic for discussion. The Curriculum Committee needs a mechanism for developing and approving educational proposals. The Committee must work with members of the Principles of Medicine and Practice of Medicine Committees to oversee and ensure horizontal and vertical integration of the curriculum. We need to first have a clear idea of our expectations of the curriculum and how it is to work; then incrementally work towards that ideal curriculum.

    A considerable amount of evaluation information is gathered at the present time: USMLE scores, licensure testing data, course evaluations, student evaluations "Looking Back", residency selection information. The CC should review the data, define areas that need improvement, make recommendations, and evaluate the outcome. Futures sources of additional information might include a yearly self-assessment of each course, addressing strengths and weaknesses and developing proposals for building on strengths and improving weak areas. Proposed changes would be reviewed by the CC for adherence to the vision, goals and objectives of the UVA School of Medicine. A regular review (inside and outside reviewers) would ensure ongoing discussion of medical education and provide a mechanism to recognize and react to change. This must become an institutionalized and adaptive process.
    The CC should provide course directors guidelines and then the course directors would translate these guidelines into working plans, and then with the approval of the CC put these plans into effect. The CC will provide direction and take an active role when basic structural changes are necessary, especially when these changes cut across current course domains. This process depends on mutual respect and partnership by all parties.

    The above process means a more active role for the Principles of Medicine (former Preclinical) and the Clinical Medicine (former Clerkship) Committees and therefore will necessitate monthly meetings in Sept., Oct., Nov., Jan., Feb., Mar., Apr., May, and June. Joint meetings will be held as needed.

  5. It was suggested that the basic science courses have co-directors, one of whom is a physician. A model for this might be the Neuroscience course, which now has a Director and a Clinical Director.