Minutes 12.17.09

Minutes 12.17.09

University of Virginia School of  Medicine
Curriculum Committee


Pediatric Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.                       

Present (underlined) were: Gretchen Arnold,  Robert Bloodgood, Megan Bray, Donna Chen, Eugene Corbett, Thomas Gampper, Wendy Golden, Donald Innes (Chair), Keith Littlewood, Jim Martindale, Veronica Michaelsen, Mohan Nadkarni, Chris Peterson, Jerry Short, Linda Waggoner-Fountain, Bill WilsonMary Kate Worden  Lisa Herrmann, Evan Lapinsky, Debra Reed (secretary)   

  1. Defining course unit length in new curriculum for assignment of grades -University registrar regulation

    Allison Innes, registrar for the University of Virginia School of Medicine, asked for clarification of the length of the Clinical Performance Development and Systems units for the assignment of grades. At issue was whether a course could bridge two academic years.  The University Registrar will allow a course to bridge academic years with a grade to be given at the end of the course.

    The plan is to have one grade for the Molecular & Cellular Medicine (MCM) course, one for the systems and one for CPD (Clinical Practice Development). Please see General Guidelines on Student Assessment for the Next Generation Curriculum report to the Curriculum Committee (Curriculum Committee minutes attachment, November 12, 2009).

    General Guidelines on Student Assessment for the Next Generation Curriculum
    1. Three courses will appear with final Pass/Fail grades on the students' transcripts for the first 1½ years:
                1. Molecular and Cellular Medicine
                2. Organ Systems (a single grade with individual systems listed below)

    Microbes: The Essentials
    Musculoskeletal System
    Mind, Brain, Behavior
    GI System
    Cardiovascular, Pulmonary and Renal Systems
    Endocrine and Reproductive System

                3. Clinical Performance Development

    Cumulative scores for each of these 9 units will be reported to the Student Affairs Office using a 1-100% scale.

  2. Co-Director of the Perioperative and Acute Care Medicine Clerkship.  Claire Plautz, the current co-director of the clerkship is stepping down as director of Acute Care Medicine Clerkship.  The Committee thanks her for designing and this clerkship and for her service as co-director. We wish her well in her future endeavors.

    Chris Ghaemmaghami, Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs in the Department of Emergency Medicine, has nominated Amita Sudhir to be the co-director of the clerkship.  Her CV was reviewed by the Committee.  She is a former UVA medical student and has an active interest in medical education.   Ashley Shilling, the other co-director, believes they will be compatible as co-directors. There were no reservations fro the Curriculum Committee regarding this proposal and those in attendance voted unanimously to support her appointment. 

  3. Defining the period between the end of Systems and the start of Clerkships

    The systems curriculum will end at the end of December and the clerkships will not begin until February 27, 2012.  During this approximately two-month period students will be expected to study for and take the USMLE-1, realize some much needed vacation time, and make final preparations for clerkships.   

    Other activities for this period discussed by the committee include:
     a) Board Review Course - while currently there is a board review course organized by the medicals students, could this be expanded? Should stay optional? Should stay student organized.
     b)  Transition course - could the transition course be expanded to include some of the clinical workshops now offered by individual clerkships so that all students would have them prior to their first clerkship. This course could also include more formal preparation for the clerkships (CPD development). (e.g. MIS training, Epic training)
    c) Cells to Society II - entertained the possibility of another Cells to Society installment
    d) Must retain ample vacation time in the schedule
    e) Establish optional mini-electives during this period to spark student interest

    The Committee would like input from SMEC and the Mulholland Society so representatives from these groups will be included in subsequent discussions.

    A subgroup of the Curriculum Committee will be appointed to work on plans for this period.  Curriculum Committee members who are interested, should contact Don Innes at dji@virignia.edu.

Donald J. Innes, Jr., M.D.