Minutes 12.14.06

Minutes 12.14.06

University of Virginia School of  Medicine
Curriculum Committee

Surgery Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.                       

Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Gretchen Arnold, Eve Bargmann,  Daniel Becker, Robert Bloodgood,  Gene CorbettWendy Golden, Donald Innes (Chair),  Howard Kutchai, Marcus Martin, Chris Peterson, Jerry Short, Bill WilsonDevin Mackay, Kavita  Sharma,  Debra Reed (secretary) 

  1. Social Security Numbers as Student ID.   The following is an excerpt from a memo sent to all University of Virginia faculty.  

    Due to the University's long-standing reliance on Social Security Number (SSN) as the student ID number, our most common risk for exposure of sensitive information comes from lost, stolen, or hacked desktop and laptop computers which contain lists of student ID numbers.  You can play a crucial role in addressing this problem by immediately deleting from your office laptop, desktop, and home computers all files, or at least the portions of those files, that contain the social security numbers of students, e.g. class rolls and grade book files.  Electronic media (such as CD's) and paper copies of this information also should be destroyed.  Course enrollment and grading records are securely maintained by the Registrar's Office. Copies of this information may be obtained from that office should you find need for it in the future.  - Gene D. Block, Tue, 12 Dec 2006

    The School of Medicine is working to comply with this mandate.  For the four remaining exams in this period, students will be instructed to use the last five digits of their social security number as the ID number.  Medical education grade delivery will be modified to eliminate the social security number identifier in early January.

  2. Medical School at Virginia Tech/Carilion. The new school of medicine at Virginia Tech/Carilion plans to open in 2009 or 2010 as a private school with approximately 40 students.  Carilion will give the UVA SOM three years notice before decreasing the number of UVA clerkships students at that institution. Impact of this program on the UVA SOM was discussed.    The possibility of joining with other local institutions for clerkship education was discussed but due to factors such as lack of housestaff and patient population, this might prove impossible.

  3. USMLE Passing Scores Raised.  As a result of this [USMLE] review, the Step 1 Committee raised the three-digit score recommended to pass Step 1 from 182 to 185. The new minimum passing score will be applied to Step 1 examinations for which the first day of testing is on or after January 1, 2007. 

  4. Clerkship Content in Color.  All of the Clerkship Directors have submitted information regarding the content of their clerkships.  This information has been assembled into one document.  This document should help the Clerkship Directors (Clinical Medicine Committee) outline objectives and reduce unwanted gaps and redundancies.

  5. Humanism.    Dan Becker spoke briefly about the humanism program which allows him to meet with the students on the AIM rotation for a one hour lunch.  Throughout the course of the clerkship year, he will have met with 100% of the students in these sessions.  The sessions began as a replacement for the Clinical Conversations during the Clinical Connections course.  Sessions early in the clerkship year  were centered around delivering bad news, death and dying, and reflective practice.   

    The sessions of late have evolved more into sessions dealing with educational issues such as the students' feelings of  not being part of the "team."  Dr. Becker reports that students are eager to discuss their educational experiences.  The Committee discussed how to encourage students to be more aggressive/assertive in their quest for involvement in patient care teams.  Offering students strategies on how to become more involved might be a good topic for the Transition course just prior to the beginning of the Clerkships.  

    Students have also spoken highly of the Clinical Skills Educator program. At the present time, Internal Medicine is the pilot for this program.  As soon as evaluation data can be obtained from the Internal Medicine Program, and if it as positive as early reports, the Curriculum Committee would like to see this program developed in all of the clerkships.

  6. 2007 - 2008 Schedule. The Committee discussed the draft 07-08 schedule posted on the web at: 


    The first year will begin Orientation on August 6, 2007; the second year will begin class August 13, 2007. The January 2008 start date for the first and second year will be January 3, 2008.  Otherwise the schedule, which is a replica of the 06-07, was approved.  The first year classes will meet on Labor Day, but the second year classes originally scheduled for Labor Day, will move to the previous Friday afternoon. [A "final" schedule will be reviewed at the next Curriculum Committee meeting.

Donald Innes


First Year - Class of 2011

Foundations of Medicine (Fall/Spring Terms)

Monday, August 6 & Tuesday, August 7 - Orientation?

Tuesday, August 7 at 5:30 at DoubleTree Hotel - Convocation Dinner ?

Wednesday, August 8 (Jordan Hall 1-5) - Cells to Society, An Intro begins at 8:00 am?

Thursday, August 9 & Friday, August 10 (noon) - Cells to Society, An Intro?

Friday, August 10 (noon-3:00) - Activities Fair?

Friday, August 10 - White Coat Ceremony (TBA) & reception (4:00 pm)?

Monday, August 13 - Foundations of Medicine Classes begin at 8:00 am (Jordan Hall 1-5)?

Friday, August 17 - Cadaver Prep (1:00 - 3:00)?

Monday, September 24 through Friday, September 28 - Examination period?

Friday, September 28, 1:00 pm through Monday, October 1 - Fall Break Weekend?

Tuesday, October 2 - Classes resume ?

Saturday, October 13 (9:00 in Old Med School Auditorium) - Parents' Day?

Saturday, October 13 - evening reception at the Med Alumni House - Parents' Day?

Monday, November 12 through Friday, November 16 - Examinations?

Saturday, November 17 through Sunday, November 25 - Thanksgiving Break?

Monday, November 26 - Classes resume?

Saturday, December 15 (exam 9-12)?

Saturday afternoon, December 15 through Wednesday, January 2, 2008 - Winter Break?

Thursday, January 3, 2008 - Class begins at 8:00 am ?

Monday, February 11 through Friday afternoon, February 15 - Examination period?

Saturday, February 16 through Sunday, February 24 - Spring Break 1?

Monday, February 25 - Classes resume?

Monday, April 14 through Friday afternoon, April 18 - Examination period?

Saturday, April 19 through Sunday, April 27 - Spring Break 2

Core Systems Part 1

Monday, April 28 - Core Systems Classes begin in Jordan 1-5

Monday, June 2 through Friday, June 6  - Examination period and end of term

Saturday, June 7 through Sunday, August 10 - Summer Opportunities & Break

Monday, August 11, 2008 (Jordan Hall 1-14, 8:00 am) - Core Systems Classes resume

Second Year - Class of 2010

Core Systems Part 2

Monday, August 13, 2007 (Jordan 1-14) - Welcome and Orientation by Dr. Pearson at 8:00 am; then classes ?

Monday, September 3, 2007 (Labor Day) - no classes

Monday, October 8 through Wednesday, October 17 - Examination period?

Saturday, November 17 through Sunday, November 25 - Thanksgiving Break?

Monday, December 10 through Wednesday, December 19 - Examination period?

Thursday, December 20 through Wednesday, January 2, 2008 - Winter Break?

Thursday, January 3, 2008 - Classes begin?

Monday, March 10 through Wednesday, March 19 - End of term examination period *

To be scheduled March-April (before April 16) - USMLE Step 1 ?

Monday, April 21, 2008 through Saturday, April 26, 2008 - Career Day, Basic

Patient Care Skills, Information Management, and DxRx Health Policy Courses

* The exam schedule is Pharm (Monday, March 10), Micro (Thursday, March 13), Path (Monday, March 17), and PoM-2 (Wednesday, March 19). This is two days shorter than the previous year.