Minutes 11.20.08

Minutes 11.20.08

University of Virginia School of  Medicine
Curriculum Committee
Minutes
11.20.08

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, Debra Reed (secretary)  Guests: Randolph Canterbury, Animesh Jain

  1. Next Generation Medical Education.  Randolph Canterbury, Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education, met with the Committee to outline the impetus for the impending curriculum changes and answer questions from members of the Curriculum Committee regarding the Curriculum Committee charge and support from the Dean's office. In addition he addressed lingering topics such as class size and procedural issues.

    Dr. Canterbury outlined the reasons for developing a more integrated curriculum.  These include 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 developments in education, especially the need for more integrated and active learning.  Our competitors for qualified medical students are moving along this pathway.   

    The Education Task Force Report has been well received by the School of Medicine administration.  Suggestions made in this report have been prioritized. Initial funding priorities include curriculum integration, the simulation/clinical performance evaluation center and increased faculty development.

    Funding available for implementation of the new curriculum was discussed.    The Committee agreed that developing the "ideal" curriculum for UVA should not be limited by funding issues; however, the implementation may have to be staggered to compensate for funding issues.

    The concept of "continuous curriculum improvement" and the need for leadership by individuals from the Curriculum Committee was described. Individual faculty from all instructional areas will soon be taking active parts in the design of the new curriculum.

    A group of faculty including Veronica Michaelsen and Elizabeth Bradley are working on developing evaluation techniques for assessing the new curriculum.  

    The need for a systems engineer to be hired early to aid in the development of applications for the facilities in the new medical education building was emphasized.

    The principles on proceeding with the "Next" curriculum from the November 13 meeting with some further outline of a preliminary organizational structure and teams will be presented to the chairs for comment.

Donald Innes
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