University of Virginia School of
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)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.