Surgery Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.
Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Eve
Bargmann, Robert Bloodgood, Anita
Clayton, Gene Corbett, Donald Innes (Chair),
Howard Kutchai, Marcus Martin, Chris Peterson, Jerry
Short, Linda Watson, Bill Wilson, Brian Wispelwey,
Nnaemeka Anyadike, Michael Richardson, Debra Reed
- C2S Endorsed. With minor revisions, the
Curriculum Committee endorsed the new curriculum as outlined in “Cells
to Society – A Curriculum for Modern Medicine”. [As of December
19th all but one member (unable to contact as of today) of
the curriculum committee endorses the “Cells to Society”
See websites below:
Cells To Society - A
Curriculum for Modern Medicine 2.4 - Summary
Cells To Society - A
Curriculum for Modern Medicine 2.4 – New Cells to Society
Cells to Society -
To avoid confusion with Curriculum Objectives, the Objectives section
of the document will be changed to “Objectives for Curriculum
Committee members not in attendance will be polled by e-mail.
- Medical Education Advisory Committee. At the 11/16/04
meeting it was suggested that the proposed Major Diseases of Our Time
(MDOT) might better be named Major Illnesses of Our Time (MDIT) to
encompass wholeness of patient care. Timing of the course and whether
it should be a one week course or a once a month course throughout the
second year (and possibly first year) was discussed. Two possible
formats were discussed. One would be as a one-week board review, where
several diseases would be discussed in such a manner as to be a review
for Step 1. Another possibility is a monthly or starting and
mid-semester course in the second year (and possibly first year).
Selecting which illnesses qualify as the “major” illnesses of our time
will be left to the course director with guidance from the Curriculum
- Focused Review of Practice of Medicine 1 & 2 and Clinical
Connections. In January and February, the Curriculum
committee has asked for a review of Practice of Medicine 1 & 2 and
the Clinical Connections program.
John Gazewood has suggested that the patient translator be introduced
in one of the Clinical Connection sessions. This could be done in
coordination with a Cultural Competency session. It was suggested
that the Transition Course (just prior to clerkships) might be an
appropriate place for the patient translation introduction.
- Exploratory Planning Group. A meeting is being
organized for the Exploratory Planning Group in December.
The groups will discuss modifying the Exploratory to return to the
original concept of a community service and electives, and to
incorporate the clinical experience into PoM1 and 2.
- Preceptorship. Inclusion/placement of the
current second year Preceptorship Program in the revised curriculum was
discussed. The Preceptorship program takes place during the
annual two week spring break for the second year students (one week
preceptorship and one week break) and is a much appreciated
motivational experience. In the new curriculum outline, second year
classes are completed in March with clerkships beginning in May.
To continue the Preceptorship at the same time would place them too
close to the USMLE Step 1 exam and the Clerkship experience to be
useful. At the present time, there is no other two week break in
the second year. It has been suggested that the experience would
be equally effective if students could meet with a preceptor one
afternoon every other week throughout the second year (and possibly
first year). Questions were raised about the available pool of
preceptors locally and the size of the groups (1-2 deemed ideal).
To obtain sufficient numbers of preceptors, the preceptors would not
necessarily be family practice or general medicine physicians –
specialties and subspecialties might be included for at least part of
the experience. . The issue of rural versus an urban experience
was debated. Claudette Dalton, preceptor director, will be invited to
the 12/02/04 Curriculum Committee meeting to discuss this further. [Dr.
Dalton will attend the December 9th meeting.]
- Town Meeting. (Jerry Short) A Town Meeting was
held on 11/15/04 . Jerry Short relayed the students’ comments to
Many of the student concerns are similar to those found nationally.
Concerns were primarily raised regarding a particular course – choice
of faculty and content. In general concern was expressed about
certain faculty who have received poor reviews and have not
demonstrated improvement, but are still teaching. Flawed exam questions
were also a concern.
In a recent email communication a first year student wrote that she
“perceived of a lack ofemphasis on critical thinking, cultural and
socioeconomic awareness, and depth of learning beyond mere
Students would prefer the course/faculty evaluation process be open
longer to allow more reflective comments – especially about individual
There was discussion regarding disection and prosection in Anatomy with
a wide diversity of opinion.
Cells to Society – An Introduction was praised for the diversity of
activities and more patient related activities were requested. The
students present endorsed the Pass/Fail system, and praised the overall
quality of teaching. Fourth years brought perspective to the
evening, expressing general satisfaction and great enthusiasm for their
The full notes will be made available to members of the
The diversity of opinion was striking and reflects the range of
learning styles and background of the students. Students are
transitioning from the college learning environment of memorization to
an adult form of learning. This transition is part of the natural
process of education. An example of diversity of educational background
is that some students have had biochemistry, while others are
humanities majors. Both are needed. -DJI
The next meeting of the Curriculum Committee
will be Thursday, December 2, 2004 . Please send agenda
items to DJI. Future agenda items will include a demonstration of
the University of Washington Bedside Teaching Program by Dr. Short and
an update on the Building Committee progress by Dr. Bloodgood.