Minutes 12.11.08

Minutes 12.11.08

University of Virginia School of  Medicine
Curriculum Committee

Pediatric Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.                       

Present (underlined) were: Gretchen Arnold,  Dan Becker, Robert Bloodgood, Megan Bray, Eugene Corbett, Thomas Gampper, Wendy Golden, Donald Innes (Chair), Keith Littlewood, Veronica Michaelsen, Mohan Nadkarni, Chris Peterson, Jerry Short, Linda Waggoner-Fountain, Bill Wilson, Mary Kate Worden, Jason Woods for Jason Franasiak, Kira Mayo, Debra Reed (secretary)

  1. Next Generation Cells to Society Curriculum.  A proposed structure for the Next Generation Cells to Society Curriculum was presented in a schematic form.  The Committee discussed the proposal and offered input. 

    1. Cardiovascular, Pulmonary, and Renal systems should be separated, but sequenced or placed adjacent to one another, e.g. Cardiovascular, then Pulmonary, and then Renal.

    2. The target for the beginning of the clerkships would be January of the second year but is subject to change as curriculum develops.

    3. The length of a system unit will be determined by the content and learning methods required and will be adjusted as the curriculum plan develops.

    4. Simultaneous development of Foundation and Systems curricula is necessary with continuous crosstalk between all components. [Veronica Michaelsen will be coordinating this. The ACT curriculum development tool (Please see November 13 minutes.) should be used for the development and tracking of the curriculum.]

    5. Learning/teaching methods for each component will need to be developed as part of the work of the systems development teams.

    6. A development team will be formed for the Foundations, the Clinical Performance Development program, and each of the Systems.  The Curriculum Committee will provide input as to the composition of each development team and in particular those who should lead. As the pre-clerkship phase of curriculum is developed the clerkship directors will be informed and their input sought.

    7. A time line for the development of the curriculum was outlined.  By February 2009 development teams should complete a draft plan for each system. April-March 2009, the Curriculum Committee and development teams will refine the plans (content, assessment, and learning methods) with a final plan in June 2009.  By August/September 2009, Foundations, Clinical Performance Development program, and Systems educators will be identified (many may be from the development teams) and start work on constructing the day-to-day educational materials to meet the stated objectives, assessment, and learning methods. Implementation is planned for August 2010.    

Donald Innes