Minutes 12.07.00

Minutes 12.07.00

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee
Minutes 12.07.00

Pediatric Pathology Conference Room, 4:00 pm

Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Robert Bloodgood, Victoria Camerini, Anita Clayton, Al Connors, Gene Corbett, Joseph Dubose, (Travis Stork), Joanna Goldberg, Donald Innes (Chair), Jerry Short, Bill Wilson, Guests: Kevin Lee, Heidi Scrable, Eileen Lowe, Debra Reed (Secretary)


  1. Medical Neuroscience. Kevin Lee, Course Director for Medical Neuroscience, updated the Committee on revisions made to the course, measurable outcomes of these revisions, and plans for 2001 and beyond. Tom Bleck is the Clinical Coordinator and Andy Wolf the new Clinical Associate for Medical Neuroscience.

    The Neuroscience course has been adjusted in both content, amount of course hours and distribution of these hours. The course has been reorganized, striving for integration with anatomy, physiology, molecular genetics, and including an introduction to disease processes and clinical presentation. Lectures were trimmed with the intent of eliminating detail deemed excessive for medical students.

    Increases in small group and laboratory activities have been limited by the relatively small number of neuroscience faculty. The small group/clinical problem sessions attempt to reinforce basic concepts in the organization of the nervous system and it's blood supply, develop a basic understanding of the neurologic examination, foster thought process used in evaluating neurologic disorders, provide basic introduction to the clinical presentation of a variety of neurological disorders and complement lecture/reading material regarding the physiology and pathology of common neurologic disorders. Small group sessions were poorly attended in the 2000 year which is thought to be due to the fact that answers to the case discussions were included in the book.

    Changes from 1999 to 2000 include:

    • Reduced total student contact hours by 15% (13 hours)
    • Reduced lecture hours by 31% (19 hours)
    • Increased small group sessions by 25% (expanded from 4 to 5 sessions)
    • New course director (K. Lee)
    • Added Clinical Coordinator (T. Bleck)
    • Changed primary text from Steward to Purves et al.
    • Added Manter and Gatz "essentials" book for overview and review
    • Added Jozefowicz book for clinical problem sessions
    • Added "disease subthemes" to basic science lectures

    Changes coming in 2001:

    • Reduced total student contact hours by 6% (4 hours)
    • Reduced lecture hours by 4% (1.5 hours)
    • New edition of Purves et al.
    • Changed from Digital Anatomist to Sylvius software
    • Changed from Jozewowicz to clinical problems without answers
    • Added sample radiology films to clinical problems
    • Added sample radiology to laboratory
    • Added advisor (A. Wolf)
Course Hour Summary:


1999 2000 2001

Total Course

85.25 73.25 67.25


61 42 40.5

Sm Grp

7 8.75 8


6.5 6 5

Clinical Correlation

10.75 16.5 13.75

Grade distribution has remained fairly consistent 1997 through 2000.
Previous USMLE Part I scores for neuroscience have been high and this will be evaluated after the 2000 results are available. Student evaluations have not been positive either before or after the changes.

What would help:
1) Problem free, guaranteed room assignments for small group medical education. LCD's in each small group room.
2) Clarification of outcome-based criteria for quality of teaching. - (Giving quality teaching more importance in tenure and promotion decisions)

The Curriculum Committee encouraged the neuroscience course directors to strive for more interaction with PoM-1 and Pharmacology. The basic neurologic exam might be taught/reinforced during PoM-1 sessions.

The Committee expressed thanks to Kevin Lee for an excellent presentation.

 -Don Innes