Minutes 09.28.00

Minutes 09.28.00

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee
Minutes 09.28.00

Pediatric Pathology Conference Room, 4:00 pm

Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Robert Bloodgood, Anita Clayton, Al Connors, Gene Corbett, Joseph Dubose, Joanna Goldberg, Donald Innes (Chair), Jerry Short, Bill Wilson, Alexandra Yamshchikov (guest), Debra Reed (Secretary)

  1. Clinical Medicine Committee. The CMC, under the leadership of met last week to discuss next years calendar, the documentation of clinical skills and the possibility of electives in the third year. See CMC minutes: CMC Minutes 09/22/00:

    1. a) 2000-01 Calendar. The CMC approved the proposed calendar which interfaces well with the proposed electives block schedule, allowing for 3rd year students to take electives during that year.

      b) Documentation of clinical skills. The CMC agreed to adopt a passport system of assessing medical students. Each clerkship director will draft a passport to include both general medical skills and specialty skills distinct to their clerkship. Faculty will sign off when the student has successfully completed each item. Drafts will be submitted to the CMC by the end of October and will then be reviewed by the CMC and the Curriculum Committee for input. A pilot program might be instituted in some of the Spring, 2001 clerkships with the program to begin Fall, 2001. This passport system and the CPX exams should satisfy the LCME requirements.

      c) Electives in third year. The CMC agreed to allow some electives (including the Neurology clerkship) in the third year next year.


  2. 9/25/00 Clinical Connection. All but seven students attended the Clinical Connection. Student comments reported to Don Innes, Joey Dubose and Alexandra Yamshchikov have been for the most part positive. The program was likely too long and should be self-container without prior assignments.

  3. Course Evaluations. The proposed Course Evaluation form has been sent to the Principles of Medicine Committee. When the agenda is sent to the POM Committee for their 10/11/00 meeting, it will include a request to the course directors to get in touch with Bob Bloodgood with comments or suggestions. Bob Bloodgood will meet with the Computers in Medical Education group to work on a web based format for the evaluations.

    Fall courses should have the evaluations completed by January 31st. February and the Curriculum Committee will be able to prepare recommendations to the courses by March/April. This year, the Curriculum Committee will focus on courses with lower than normal scores.

  4. Microbiology. Members were asked to review copies of the Microbiology Controversies in Medicine and Clinical Immunology Case Analysis booklets. Ms. Yamshchikov, commented that most students found the case analysis format a good use of time, but they should be more evenly spread throughout the course with less emphasis on grading and more on learning, and that the lab review sessions should be eliminated.

-Don Innes