Minutes 11.06.08

Minutes 11.06.08

University of Virginia School of  Medicine
Curriculum Committee

Pediatric Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.                       

Present (underlined) were: Gretchen Arnold, Dan 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 Wilson, Mary Kate Worden, Jason Franasiak, Kira Mayo, Animesh Jain,   Debra Reed (secretary)

  1. Basic Science for Careers Update.  Jerry Short apprised the Committee of the plans for the March, 2009 BSCS course.   The 2009 course is condensed into one week and the Clerkship Directors are providing the programs for this year. Thus far this has worked well.  At present, 12 slots are open but the course could proceed without filling these if necessary.  The two new clerkships, Acute Care and Geriatrics will be asked to participate. The suggestion was made to offer "addiction" as a topic in the Psychiatric Medicine offerings. A lottery in early December will order topics such that students will attend three 2-hour sessions each day. This course will continue to evolve over the next few years.

  2. Next Generation Medical Education Discussion.    Don Innes responded to questions from the Committee about the need for the changes, the commitment of the SOM to make the changes, and the role of the Curriculum Committee in the development of a new curriculum.

    The reasons for a new "integrated" curriculum were again outlined - the change in the USMLE exams, the nature of the millennial generation of students and the way these students expect to be taught, and the need for more active learning.  The relative lack of published literature on curriculum change and outcomes in medical education was discussed.  The systems approach is thought to be more conducive to student retention of material than the "silo" approach of individual course work with little or no integration or clinical relevance. The Curriculum Committee is to review the scenarios developed at the September 20 Curriculum Retreat and lay out a plan for the new curriculum from these scenarios.

    Concern was expressed that faculty and other resources will not be available to staff small group active learning activities or to accommodate the increased class size due to budget cuts.   

    The Curriculum Committee is interested in meeting with the Senior Associate Dean for Education or Dean before beginning the massive effort to modernize the curriculum.

    Once the Curriculum Committee develops a plan, it will be presented to the Deans for approval.  It will then need to be detailed by the reorganized teaching groups. It is expected that all of the current course directors will play an active role.

Donald Innes