Minutes 12.13.01

Minutes 12.13.01

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee
Minutes 12.13.01

Pediatric Pathology Conference Room, 4:00 PM

Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Robert Bloodgood, Victoria Camerini, Anita Clayton, Al Connors, Gene Corbett, Donald Innes (Chair), Nelle Linz, David Shonka, Jerry Short, Howard Kutchai, Bill Wilson, Debra Reed (secretary)

  1. Clinical Connections. The Committee recommends that the Clinical Connections course institute a regular schedule of meetings (approximately four times per year, e.g. April/May, late June, September/October and January/ February) to organize the year and as the year progresses review the organization of upcoming programs and analyze completed programs. The meetings would allow for evaluation data to be reviewed and improvements to be implemented.

  2. Clinical Medicine Committee. The Committee recommends that the Clinical Medicine Committee institute a regular schedule of meetings (a minimum of four times per year, e.g. two fall and two winter/spring). If the proposal for electives administration change is adopted the CMC will assume an active role as an advisory group for the electives course director(s).

    Bill Wilson is organizing monthly meetings of the Clinical Medicine Committee - January, February, and March, 2002.

  3. AAMC Project on the Clinical Education of Medical Students. A report on this project was distributed to the Committee. Additional copies for the Clinical Medicine Committee will be requested for the members of the Clinical Medicine Committee.

  4. Continuing Discussion of Clerkships:

    Common themes:

1) Variation of experience from one individual clerkship site to another.

2) Providing clerkship expectations for the students

3) Establishment of a formal curriculum in each clerkship

4) Uniform clerkship evaluation forms
This will be discussed at the next CMC meeting. Jerry Short will work on the WEB based evaluation with the CMC. The evaluation form should be consistent over all clerkships with space for free text for comments regarding clerkship specific items.
5) Uniform methods and proceedures for evaluation of student performance.
Grades must be uniform at all sites. While this process is consistent at all sites in most clerkships, there are some, such as Psychiatric Medicine which are not. The Curriculum Committee will obtain copies of each clerkships evaluation form.
6) Lack of clerkship support staff
The possibility of hiring of a Clerkship support staff person to provide support to all clerkship directors was discussed. Duties could include such items as the student evaluation process, clerkship evaluation process.
7) Improving resident teaching skills
It was suggested that a program be implemented in each department with guidance from the Medical Education office to increase resident teaching skills. The guidance from Medical Education office should be in the form of specific topics/curriculum. This program might become part of each departments current series of resident lectures. This Residents as Teachers program would be geared toward incoming first year residents at inception. Current Surgery resident teaching programs will be discussed with Doug Newberg. This program should be required and some reward such as a certificate might be instituted. This program should also be implemented at the away sites. The program might also include topics supplied by the Student Advocacy Committee. Jerry Short will speak with John Franko, the new Chair of the Student Advocacy Committee regarding this.

Development of a web based resident teaching module will also be considered. Residents would receive credit toward the teaching certificate after completing the web based program.
These ideas will be forwarded to Dr. Wheby.

-Don Innes