Minutes 11.21.02

Minutes 11.21.02

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee

Pediatric Pathology Conference Room, 4:00 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


  1. Most Interim Clerkship Reports have been received. As soon as all arrive, they will be sent to the Committee and discussed at a subsequent meeting.

  2. Clinical Conversation Update. The discussion continued regarding the report presented by Marcia Childress on the Clinical Conversations. The Committee agreed that it had been a worthwhile experience for students and faculty alike and should continue.

  3. Jerry Short has been contacted by an outside professor who has developed a lecture on medical malpractice geared to medical students and residents. This might be something that could be included in the Law and Medicine Clinical Connection session. Jerry Short will put this professor in contact with Rebecca West.

  4. Student Research Symposium. While the Fall symposium was a success, students ask that next years symposium be scheduled to minimize conflicts with other scheduled events such as PoM small groups. Alternate dates were discussed but early October seems to be the optimal time for this event. Students involved in educational research should be encouraged to participate in the symposium next year. The Committee supports a one afternoon Student Research Symposium tied to the Medical Center Hour for the curriculum.

  5. First and second year handouts. All courses except one have agreed to cover the cost of the next quarters handouts for the students.

  6. Steve Turner is a UVA medical student taking a year off and working with the American Medical Student Association Foundation. He contacted the Curriculum Committee seeking grant proposals to support the development of a curriculum that integrates alternative and complementary medicine. Six schools will be awarded a $15,000 grant to develop innovative ways of teaching alternative and complementary medicine throughout the four years of medical school. Faculty and or students who might be interested will be contacted: Jennifer OFlaherty, Julia Connelly, Leslie Blackhall, Johnny Lee, Matt Goodman were suggested.

  7. A request for additional financial support for a student laboratory in the Internal Medicine Clerkship was discussed. Hospital regulations and physician practice patterns have limited the value of such labs and obtaining additional medical school funding for such endeavors is unlikely.

  8. The majority of the hour discussion focused on remodeling and rearranging courses throughout the 4 years of medical school. Moving the Basic Immunology section of the Microbiology course to the first year; condensing Genetics, integrating Basic Immunology and the introductory lectures of Pathology into the first year and introducing disease specific first year course material such as physiology into the second year was discussed. Further integration of topics covered in Human Behavior and those in Introduction to Psychiatric Medicine are to be considered. The discussion was valuable and further work will be done to create curriculum models for consideration

-Don Innes