University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee
Minutes 11.11.99

Pediatric Pathology Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.

Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Robert Bloodgood, Anita Clayton, Al Connors, Gene Corbett, Joanna Goldberg, Donald Innes (Chair), Steven Meixel, Jerry Short, Bill Wilson, Robb Williams, Debra Reed (Secretary)


  1. Don Innes briefed the committee on his presentation to the Dean's Executive Committee. Discussion of the curriculum will continue to be a regular feature of the Executive committee and a major forum for input into the curriculum from the chairs. Both the "Principles" and the "Clinical" committees are important representative venues of input into the curriculum.

  2. Steve Meixel brought the Curriculum Committee up to date on the Practice of Medicine Course development. Representatives from Physical Diagnosis, DPI, Ethics, Human Behavior, CCRC, and the student body are working together to develop this course. The group has met three times and favors creation of "ICM-like" modules with DPI and Physical Diagnosis as the backbone of the course. The sequence of the subject matter in this course is very important. Efforts will be made to coordinate subject matter with other courses. Mentors should be attending physicians if at all possible and a faculty development workshop will likely be necessary for all preceptors. The medical student on the committee recommended involving ICM with the creation of these modules. Linking first and second year students with a "big brother or big sister" from the third and fourth years is a consideration. The subcommittee aims to have a formal plan by the beginning of December. This subgroup will meet twice in the next two weeks and present their ideas to the Principles of Medicine Committee at their next meeting - December 7, 1999, 3:00 p.m. in the Cell Biology Library. Advice from the Principles and Curriculum Committees regarding the POM course will be solicited.

  3. Bill Wilson reviewed the progress of the Clinical Medicine Committee. The CMC is working on a plan for a Clinical Basic Science Review Program for the third and fourth years. They propose a pilot program to be initiated on a quarterly basis beginning in June/July, 2000 with expansion to a monthly format the following year. A short list of topics has been discussed. Who will direct this program and how to best get and document the attendance of students is also under discussion.

  4. An open meeting for the Curriculum Committee is planned for Wednesday, January 12, 2000 from 3:00-5:00 pm in PCC - Classroom A. An invitation will be extended to all faculty members to meet with the committee informally and share their views on the curriculum.


 Donald J Innes, M.D.