Minutes 11.06.03

Minutes 11.06.03

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee


Surgery Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.                       

Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Eve BargmannRobert Bloodgood,  Anita Clayton,  Gene Corbett, Carl CreutzDonald Innes (Chair)Vern Juel, Howard Kutchai, Chris Peterson, Jerry Short, Linda Watson,  Bill Wilson, Brian Wispelwey, Maria Meussling, David Shonka,  Ryan Zaklin,   Debra Reed (secretary)


  1. The Community service team [Exploratory] has met once. Initial thoughts lean toward a two-semester program - Spring, first year and Fall, second year - one afternoon per week with implementation Spring, 2005.  One of the two semesters would be spent in a community service project.   Members of the team are working with community liasons to determine needs and projects that will develop over the long-term to lend continuity to the program. Minutes from the past Exploratory development meetings will be reviewed.    A second semester will likely be clinical or research at each student's discretion.

  2. 2. Basic Science for Careers Team. Basic philosophies such as whether to center around the basic sciences or the clinical disciplines were debated.  The timing of the month long program was also discussed with no consensus reached -  June, August or September - 3rd, and February or March - 4th year.  An initial proposal to have the program center around 5-6 basic disease mechanisms (i.e. apoptosis, infectious disease) using lecture and case based small group formats was presented - but found wanting.  The major challenge is to develop a program which provides relevant in-depth basic science information in a way that stimulates the students and were to be designed specifically for student's residency choices.  

  3. Dr. Wispelwey mentioned a model for the Basic Science for Careers , a one-month program in Rochester  which operates on the principle -50 things I wish I knew better after medical school - takes place at the end of fourth year and is very well received by their medical students.    Students select the sessions that are most applicable to their career.

Donald Innes/dmr