University of Virginia School of
Pediatric Pathology Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.
Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Robert
Bloodgood, Anita Clayton, Al Connors, Gene Corbett,
Joanna Goldberg, Donald Innes (Chair), Steven
Meixel, Jerry Short, Bill Wilson, Robb Williams, Debra
- Don Innes has contacted Margaret Mohrmann, Director of the
Electives Program for a roster of the Electives Board members.
The Electives Oversight Board ensures that the goals, objectives and
teaching responsibilities of the curriculum are carried out in a
uniform, organized and coordinated fashion; ensures provision of
approval, review and evaluation processes.
The Electives Board is responsible for oversight of the approval
process for elective programs; performing a yearly assessment of
elective programs including the # students/academic year/elective and
elective relation to residency selection. The Electives Oversight Board
should provide a general review of expectations & value of
the electives program. This report should be submitted to the
Clinical Medicine Committee and forwarded to the Curriculum
- The discussion regarding Y1 structure continued. At the present
time, there are approximately 15.5 hours of lecture per week during the
Limit lecture hours to per week to 12 (a 20% reduction); three free
afternoons per week; one afternoon of PoM and one for an
Limit lecture hours to per week to 12 (a 20% reduction);two free
afternoons per week; one afternoon PoM and one for an Exploratory and
one for class.
It was suggested that Proposal 2 be implemented in the fall of 2000
progressing to Proposal 1 in the fall of 2001.
The pros and cons of decreasing Anatomy from three quarters to two
quarters were discussed. Gross dissection was felt to be an important
part of medical student training, it should probably be limited to the
major organ systems or structures. A physician co-director would be
helpful in determining the "functional" anatomy (organ relationship
with disease, diagnosis, and treatment) that should be taught. It was
suggested that pathology might be introduced in Y1 to allow for
reference to disease states while learning the "normal". Consideration
was given to teaching in interwoven blocks, not necessarily in semester
long blocks. It is a curriculum that is being designed and as such
it does not have to conform to a preconceived schedule of blocks or
semesters or years.
- The Practice of Medicine retreat is scheduled for January 15,
2000. The retreat will begin with an initial discussion of the PoM
course. The PoM course needed an organized approach. Two
possibilities for this approach are to follow:
1) the curriculum of the Anatomy/Cell Biology courses
2) build around the physical examination - all first year courses
including the PoM course would attempt to conform as much as possible
to a patient physical examination
The Committee felt the second approach, with some features of an organ
system approach, might better serve the students and faculty needs at
The Basic Science instructors on the committee agreed that it should be
possible to parcel out
Y1 1 semester or 2 semester courses over the year to enhance the
relevance of their material.
Donald J Innes, M.D.