Minutes 12.03.09

Minutes 12.03.09

University of Virginia School of  Medicine
Curriculum Committee

Pediatric Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.                       

Present (underlined) were: Gretchen Arnold,  Robert Bloodgood, Megan Bray, Eugene Corbett, Thomas Gampper, Wendy Golden, Donald Innes (Chair), Keith Littlewood, Jim Martindale, Veronica Michaelsen, Mohan Nadkarni, Chris Peterson, Jerry Short, Linda Waggoner-Fountain, Bill WilsonMary Kate Worden,  Lisa Herrmann, Evan Lapinsky, Brad Bradenham, Debra Reed (secretary)   

  1. Curriculum Planning Report. The Committee discussed the Curriculum Planning Report distributed after the 11/17/09 meeting. The report contains 1) Curriculum goals, 2) Draft of the first 18 months, and 3) Plans for Curriculum Evaluation and 4) suggests "next steps" such as preliminary deadlines, Achieving Competency Today (ACT) map/monitor, student assessment.

    The Curriculum Planning Report is available on the Curriculum intranet website:

    It is also available on the UVA Collab site on both the Curriculum and SOMCurriculumRenewal sites:

    Members in attendance voted unanimously to approve the Curriculum Planning Report.  

    The report will continue to be amended and enhanced.

    Comments regarding additions/revisions:
  1. "Microbes: The Essentials" and the immunology portion of MCM are incomplete. Today, December 3rd, Tom Parsons provided a completed grid and learning objectives for the immunology portion of MCM. Tom Parsons and Amy Bouton are in the process of building the learning objectives and the structure of the Microbes: The Essentials unit. This should be completed by January 7th.
  2. The Musculoskeletal-Integument requires additional definition of learning units and activities. This should be defined by December 17th.
  3. MCM learning objectives are approximately 70% complete; work continues to progress and the goal is to complete them by January 28th. Learning objectives for other systems are also undergoing refinement and revision as we move forward in the planning process.
  4. The time designated as lecture is higher than anticipated. This is in part because of the default to "lecture" when learning activities are ill-defined and because of the need for faculty development which is essential before change can be made from lecture to active learning. Sue Pollart will be invited to an upcoming Curriculum Committee meeting to discuss her plans for faculty development in the new curriculum.
  5. Timing of introduction of clinical material needs to be appropriate. In some instances the plan may be a little ambitious in early introduction of clinical material. Adjustments can be made as learning activities are further developed in January through May 2010.
  6. Repeated fine-tuning of the plans will be needed as to identify redundancy and gaps. Examination of the completed learning objectives should help to recognize redundancy and whether it is beneficial. The Achieving Competency Today (ACT) system will allow a more complete mapping and monitoring of the curriculum and will allow for much better curriculum control and management by the Curriculum Committee. This is an ongoing process.
  7. A defined or limited set of primary resources must be made available for students (handouts, brief text, defined readings, web exercises, videos, etc.) for each course. This is to be balanced with information management of the vast and expanding medical literature and the fostering of adult learning.
  8. Cells to Society needs to be represented in the curriculum plan as a required course with appropriate assessments.
  9. A task force to plan the Cells to Society 2 course has been formed and will begin to work on the learning goals and activities for that course.
  10. The need for renewed emphasis on the curriculum as a continuous and dynamic process with prepared and engaged students and faculty.

The Curriculum Committee will begin work on designing methods for integration of the basic sciences into the clerkship/elective years:  need to maintain a consistent experience over multiple sites and tailor basic science information to the individual clerkship.   Joint resident and medical student education in some clerkships will need to be considered.  Use of teleconferencing to ensure an comparable experiences for students at outside clerkship sites. The idea of increasing ACE requirements in the fourth year is good in theory but must be looked at realistically due to the availability of space and faculty for these activities in the increasing class size.

Donald J. Innes, Jr., M.D.