Minutes 11.12.09

Minutes 11.12.09

University of Virginia School of  Medicine
Curriculum Committee

Pediatric Conference Room, 4:00 p.m. 

Present (underlined) were: Gretchen ArnoldRobert 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,  Lisa Herrmann, Evan Lapinsky, Brad Bradenham, Debra Reed (secretary)   


  1. Student Assessment Committee. James Martindale outlined the Committee's work to date.
    The Student Assessment Committee has met and is developing guidelines for both formative and summative assessments of the students in the Next Generation Curriculum. Assessment should be uniform between the systems. Formative assessment should only comprise about 10% of the students' grade. Formative assessment should be designed to help the student track their progress as well as identify students in need of remediation.

    It is suggested that 10-15% percent of material tested on the cumulative assessments relate to material covered in the previous section of the curriculum. 

    The Committee will meet with students and system leaders to get their input over the next few months.

    The formative quizzes would be online and multiple times over the course of a typical system.  The students usually use these formative assessments as a means to keep up with their mastery of the material.

    The summative assessments would most likely be on-line examinations - taken over a weekend with the recommendation that no new material be presented on the Friday before the examination.

    The Committee recommends that no more than ½ of the students weekends be devoted to assessment and that holiday schedules be taken into consideration.

    Systems leaders will determine the content in the assessments - both formative and summative.

    Guidelines for the assessment of clinical skills will be developed.

    The Student Assessment Committee will return to meet with the Curriculum Committee on a regular basis until guidelines are fully developed.

  2. 2009 AAMC meeting. Don Innes briefed the Committee on issues brought up at last week's AAMC meeting in Boston. One session dealt with the most common noncompliances occurring between 10/05 and 6/09.

    Most Common Noncompliances October, 2005 - June, 2009

    1.         ED-2               Central Oversight clinical objectives
    2.         ED-30             Course & clerkship evaluation
    3          ER-9                Affiliation agreements
    4.         ED-33             Integrated institutional responsibility
    5.         MS-19             System to assist students' careers electives choice and residency apps
    6.         FA-1                Faculty Diversity
    7          ED-8               Comparability of educational experiences evaluation
    8.         ED-24             Non-faculty teachers
    9.         ED-35             Curriculum subject to periodic faculty review & revision
    10.       MS-24             Student indebtedness

    Carnegie Foundation Report is being published May, 2010 - this report will be similar to  Flexner report from 1910.

  3. The Curriculum Committee will next meet on 11/19/09 at 4:00 p.m. in the Pathology Conference Room. The most current version of the Next Generation Curriculum will be delivered to the Curriculum Committee a day or two before the meeting.

Donald J. Innes, Jr., M.D.