Minutes 10.24.02

Minutes 10.24.02

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee

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, Nikhil Rao, Bill Wilson, Brian Wispelwey, Debra Reed (secretary) Guest: Veronica Michaelsen

  1. Committee Membership Changes.

    Victory Camerini announced her resignation from the Curriculum Committee. Dr. Camerini has taken a job at UCLA-Irvine beginning December, 2002. The Committee expressed their appreciation for her efforts on the Curriculum Committee and wished her the best of success in her new position.

    Brian Wispelwey was welcomed as the newest member of the Curriculum Committee. Brian has been deeply involved in medical education throughout his career. He is a Professor of Medicine and the course director of PoM-2. Brian has been the recipient of the Robley Dungulison award on numerous occasions.

  2. Cell and Tissue Annual Review. The Committee further discussed comments obtained from the students at a Town Meeting regarding the laboratory portion of C&T. Changes have been made to the laboratory sessions which seem to be addressing some of the complaints. Some students had suggested that all images should be video/digitalized images with no microscope use during the labs. The Committee agreed that as part of the core knowledge of a physician, some basic microscopic experience is necessary. Many residency programs besides Pathology, (e.g. Oncology, Renal) do look at the histologic slides of their patients. Medical students need to know how test results are generated and have an appreciation of what the pathologist is looking for in order to use the results properly in diagnosis and treatment.

  3. Pharmacology Annual Review. Results of the latest Pharmacology evaluation were reviewed. Pharmacology student evaluations are very positive. Students would like to have a rudimentary knowledge of trade names since they are widely used in practice. Suggestions to address this issue include developing a FYI list be included in the Pharmacology notes of the top 200 trade names and that PoM2 should be encouraged to include trade names in their cases as well as the generic equivalent.

  4. Clinical Correlations Self-Directed Study Proposal. Veronica Michaelsen outlined her proposal to develop an internet based CME activity for both medical students and residents. It is impossible in the medical curriculum to cover the entire range of topics available in the time allotted. Students frequently request more information on training on topics that do not fit neatly into the existing curriculum. Topics such as medical professionalism, alternative medicine and understanding the medical literature are a few examples. These topics lend themselves to self-selected, self-study programs such that students with a particular interest could pursue that body of knowledge further. Implementing these programs in the form of a required course similar to the Clinical Connections would allow students to receive academic credit without the physical difficulty of integrating new material into the existing curriculum. The University recently purchased a site licence for NetLearning. This system allows delivery of self-directed learning modules by computer over the internet. Modules can be assigned as mandatory or optional.

    Ultimately three levels of competency could be developed for each topic. The first level would be accessible to pre-clinical students in their first two years of the program, material would be presented in a very basic format. The second level would be directed at students during the clinical phase of their training and the third would be appropriate for either residents or medical students with a particular interest in the topic. Keeping the model of CME and the Clinical Connections course, the new program would be delivered as a required course in which the students are free to choose from a number of modules on various topics. Each student would be required to complete a certain number of hours of training but the timing and topics would be up to the individual.

    The Committee is very interested in this concept and will discuss this proposal further.

The October 31st meeting will be devoted to developing the concept of a "Basic Science for Careers" program for the elective period.

-Don Innes