Minutes 12.02.99

Minutes 12.02.99

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee
Minutes 12.02.99

Pediatric Pathology Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.

Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Robert Bloodgood, Anita Clayton, Al Connors, Gene Corbett, Joanna Goldberg, Donald Innes (Chair), Steven Meixel, Jerry Short, Bill Wilson, Robb Williams, Debra Reed (Secretary) 

  1. Jerry Short briefed the committee on progress being made in the creation of a lecture content database pilot program. Plans are for a core group of students to attempt to create a list of objectives for the lectures in the first year Physiology course, and perhaps Pharmacology in the second year.

  2. Gene Corbett announced that the UVA School of Medicine list of 12 objectives and discussion, has been accepted for publication in "Academic Medicine" and should be in the Commentary section of the February, 2000 issue.

  3. Steve Meixel presented an update on the progress of the subcommittee working on the creation of the Practice of Medicine course. Elements from the DPI, Physical Diagnosis and Ethics courses will be woven together to create the POM course with Human Behavior contributing content (1-4 lectures) as needed. Representatives from the courses involved, student representative(s), and Steve Meixel have been meeting on a weekly basis to work out a curriculum for this course.

    Examples of modules being considered for the POM course are: 1) Who are Physicians? 2) Communication skills and 3) History and physical examination. The course will likely have a one hour introduction of topic each week (ideally including a patient interview) and then two "two-hour" sessions or one "four-hour" session for discussions or laboratories. This will be case based following the lectures/outline of the Anatomy course. The POM course will require faculty preceptors and resources for faculty development.

    At present the subcommittee is meeting about once per week for one hour intervals. It was suggested that a retreat for 5-8 hours (perhaps on a Saturday) would be useful to work out the curriculum details. The Curriculum Committee suggested that the POM subcommittee involve ICM Course Director, Brian Wispelwey. A January date for a retreat was suggested. This would allow time for the plan to be discussed before the full Principles Committee and at the School of Medicine Executive meeting prior to seeking final approval of the Dean. As soon as a Practice of Medicine curriculum plan is in hand, we will need to organize an operations plan and appoint administrative personnel. A major concern is finding adequate numbers of faculty to teach in the course. Once faculty are identified some faculty development/training will be needed.

    Timeline for action: 
early to mid January
- retreat of PoM committee and select "Principles" members
late January
 - present a written PoM course plan to the full "Principles" Committee and Curriculum Committee.
early February
 - present PoM course plan to the School of Medicine Executive Committee.
mid February
 - present PoM course plan to the Dean for approval
- set organization for operations
- appoint administrative personnel
- identify teaching faculty
- arrange faculty development/training

Donald J Innes, M.D.