Minutes 11.14.02

Minutes 11.14.02

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee

Pediatric Pathology Conference Room, 1:30 pm

Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Robert Bloodgood, Anita Clayton, Lisa Coray, Gene Corbett, Donald Innes (Chair), Vern Juel, Howard Kutchai, Jerry Short, Nikhil Rao, Bill Wilson, Brian Wispelwey, Debra Reed (secretary)

  1. A letter had been received from Drs. Hewlett and Lamberts regarding the Student Research Symposium, held October 23, 2002. This symposium was an initiative of the Office for Research of the School of Medicine, as well as three second- year medical students. While the symposium was successful, Drs. Hewlett and Lamberts were concerned about the attendance; there was overlap between the Symposium, Medical Center Hour, and mandatory PoM classes for some students. The letter asked the Curriculum Committee to reserve a time (morning or afternoon) in October 2003 for the Symposium. The members present felt that the Student Research Symposium was a valuable opportunity to introduce students to research activities, particularly those involving their fellow students, and agreed that it would be helpful to try to minimize schedule conflicts. This matter was deferred for further discussion at the next Curriculum Committee meeting.

  2. Dr. Marcia Day Childress reviewed the "Clinical Conversations" program and provided a written summary to the Committee. "Clinical Conversations" is an initiative of the Program of Humanities in Medicine and has been funded through two grants (Templeton Curriculum Development Award and the Fannie E. Rippel Foundation gift). Dr. Day Childress reviewed the history of the program, which is now a part of the "Clinical Connections" program for 3rd year medical students. There are 14 groups (of about 10 students each) that meet on each Clinical Connections day. This year, three of the groups have senior nursing students participate in 4 of the 7 sessions. The Clinical Conversations have generally been well-received, based on evaluation scores and on written comments from the students. Now that there are 7 sessions each year, it is possible to observe the progression of professional development of the medical students. Some of the students use the sessions for self-reflection on what they are experiencing in their clinical year, and these students seem to value the opportunity to interact with their mentors. Plans are to continue these sessions, including senior nursing students in the groups, and to recruit and develop additional faculty mentors and available trained substitutes so that the groups can remain small.

The meeting was adjourned at 5 PM, with the next meeting scheduled for 11/21/2002.

Respectfully submitted,

William G. Wilson, MD