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: Carl Creutz
- Pharmacology 2002-03 Yearly Course Update. (Carl Creutz) Dr.
Creutz presented the yearly update for Pharmacology.
Efforts have been made to better coordinate the presentation of
antibiotics between Pharmacology and PoM-2.
A two-hour lecture on herbal and nontraditional medications has been
Two pain management clinical correlations are to be added to
PoM-2 with Pharmacology input.
A section on phasing of clinical trials of new drugs for FDA
approval will be added this Fall, in response to students who noted
such questions on USMLE.
The student evaluations remained high with particularly favorable
comments regarding the use of sample questions and explanations on the
website. Effort will be made this year to expand the pool of
questions/answers on the web.
An optional weekly small group discussion on Tuesday has been
well-received by some students but underutilized by most. The Committee
suggested the possibility of a time/day change to accommodate more
It was suggested that an FYI list of trade name drugs be included in
the Pharmacology notes or in PoM-2 cases as well as the generic
- Cell and Tissue Structure/Physiology Yearly Course Review - Fall
2001. (Bob Bloodgood) Bob Bloodgood outlined the grade distribution
and student evaluation data. Evaluations are consistent with previous
years with a 3.42 overall mean. he most frequently sited concerns of
the students were 1) muscle pathology lectures (is being addressed); 2)
more staffing needed in labs and change lab paradigm of students
teaching each other after working on part of the lab; 3) making lecture
handouts more closely match lectures;
Changes implemented during Fall, 2001 included:
- 1) lectures realigned for better coverage of subject matter;
- 2) all lectures presented in Powerpoint and posted on the web
- 3) updated textbook selected;
- 4) laboratory equipment improved;
- 5) laboratory staffing increased; partitions decreased noise
- 6) CTS web site enhanced - image of the month feature, more
- Changes implemented during Fall, 2002 included:
- 1) further realignment of lectures;
- 2) increased laboratory staffing;
- 3) changed the format of the labs;
- 4) second phase of implementation of new laboratory equipment;
- 5) student participating in 4th year teaching elective in
- It was reported that first year students had expressed concerns in
a recent meeting. Students would like more help from the faculty during
the laboratory, possibly a review of what theyre looking for in the
beginning of the lab. Lisa Corey noted that, students want to know what
they need to know and how to learn it the fastest way possible. The
Committee discussed what extent microscopic expertise was necessary to
medical students in todays health care environment. The committee will
reconsider these thoughts at the completion of the course when the
students and faculty can see it with perspective.
Analysis of both Pharmacology and Cell & Tissue Structure will be
continued at the October 17 meeting.
- The next meeting is October 10, 2002. Dean Garson will join
us to give us a sense of his vision for the undergraduate
curriculum and for Q&As.