Minutes 10.19.06

Minutes 10.19.06

University of Virginia School of  Medicine
Curriculum Committee


Surgery Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.                       

Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Gretchen Arnold, Eve BargmannDaniel Becker, Robert BloodgoodGene CorbettWendy Golden, Jennifer Harvey, Donald Innes (Chair),  Howard Kutchai, Marcus Martin, Chris Peterson, Jerry Short, Bill Wilson,  Devin Mackay, Kavita  SharmaDebra Reed (secretary)  Guest: Arthur Garson, Darci Lieb

  1. The Curriculum Committee welcomed Dean Garson to the meeting.    Dean Garson opened the discussion by thanking everyone on the Curriculum Committee for their help with the recent LCME site visit.  

    The H&P Preceptor discussion of 10/12/06 continued.  Kavita Sharma distributed a compilation of positive and negative feedback from second year students when asked about their experience with the H&P activity. Most student mentors seem to be enthusiastic, flexible and interested in teaching the students.  Some students (10-15), however, encounter difficulties with faculty. Recruitment of 60-70 really good educators for the H&Ps (each doing the H&P exercise with two students) instead of recruiting140 was suggested.  The discussion included how to attract the best teachers and retain them.   The proposal of a clear definition of "faculty citizenship" and a baseline for a required teaching commitment for all faculty was discussed.  The distribution of teaching dollars to departments and accountability within departments was discussed. 

    At the present time, in the first two years of medical school, PoM2 mentors, PoM1 mentors, and Clinical Epidemiology small group instructors are compensated over and above departmental allocations for their participation in these small group activities.  A proposal for allocating teaching dollars within departments based on student contact hours for the third and fourth years of medical school is being developed and should be ready by the end of the year. Chris Peterson thought that teaching efforts by staff personnel such as Nurse Practitioners should be recognized. 

    The Committee discussed how teaching accountability and student evaluations of teaching efforts could be looked at in allocating faculty funds for teaching as well as in Promotion and Tenure.  Should there be a minimum number of hours spent teaching to be considered for P&T? How would this be determined?

Donald Innes