Minutes 10.15.09

Minutes 10.15.09

University of Virginia School of  Medicine
Curriculum Committee

Pediatric Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.                       

Present (underlined) were: Gretchen ArnoldDan 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. Virtual Autopsy Links. The following two websites were viewed:

    Virtual Autopsy Table http://vimeo.com/6866296

    Anatomy Application for the Microsoft Surface

    Members of the Committee were impressed with the technology but were curious about the cost. Use of this type of technology in the new curriculum will be explored. Gretchen Arnold followed up on this and reports receiving a note that in part reads "The VAT will be available as product in the upcoming 6-12 months.You can read more about the table here at http://visualiseringscenter.se/autopsy

  2. Joint Clerkship Committee Meeting. There will be a joint clerkship committee meeting at the Salem Veterans Administration Hospital on Wednesday, 10/21/09. Anne Chapin will provide CPX Exam Results. Meg Keeley and Allison Innes will talk to the group about improving communications between Clerkship Directors and Administration. Dan Harrington will talk to the group about the Electronic Medical Record in UME and GME - Epic has been in use at Roanoke for approximately a year.

  3. Next Generation Curriculum. The systems development is progressing. Almost all of the units have developed learning objectives and rough outlines. The Systems Leaders will attend a retreat on Tuesday, 10/20/09 from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. in the Health Sciences Library Room 1212. The next steps include making sure the assessment model is in place and selecting/developing the types of learning activities best suited to the learning objectives in each unit.

    Gene Corbett updated the Committee on the evolution of the clinical performance portion of the curriculum. Activities/cases have been outlined for almost all of the weeks in the first 18 months of the Curriculum. The Microbes system is lagging due to the loss of key personnel in the Microbiology department. A great deal of hard work has gone into developing the clinical performance curriculum

  4. Availability of Learning Studio. The Committee discussed how to make the best use of the Learning Studio in the new medical education building. Because of the overlap between the MCM and the other systems in the fall and the desire by all to use the Learning Studio, it was debated whether perhaps one class might use the learning studio in the morning and have clinical activites in the afternoon and the other use the learning studio in the afternoon with clinical activities in the morning. This "flipping" does come with some ramifications for the faculty, students and hospital. Faculty is usually quite busy in the morning due to the "discharge by noon" and "orders in by 9:00 a.m." hospital rules. Including extra students in the already congested morning activities in the hospital would also limit the first and second year students role as part of the team. Faculty who commit to mentoring students for the 18month term would also have difficulty with rearranging clinic schedules in the morning. This overlap appears to only be a concern in the Fall.

    An alternate plan would be to have the MCM and the systems share the learning studio time in the mornings leaving all clinical activites for the afternoons. Students on the Curriculum Committee thought this plan would be better received by the student body.

    Due to it's layout, the other lecture hall in the new medical education building might also be more conducive for small group work than the old lecture halls in Jordan Hall were. This will be explored further.

    No determination has been made about the amount of Learning Studio time needed for each of the sections of the new curriculum. As the curriculum continues to develop, this will be easier to determine.

  5. Assessment Plan. Weekly online quizzes as well as "end of system/end of topic" examinations as part of the student assessment was discussed. The weekly online quizzes would probably take place sometime between Friday afternoon and Sunday evening. The "end of system/end of topic" examination would take place on a Friday morning with possibly an hour or two after the exam to begin introduction of the material/case for the upcoming week. The online quizzes would allow for more frequent testing without taking time from the curriculum. Students on the Committee expressed concern about the every weekend approach to quizzes and the amount of time this would involve. [Note added October 29: The Student Assessment Committee has begun to meet and will likely have a report for the Curriculum Committee in early November.]

Donald J. Innes, Jr., M.D.