Minutes 12.20.01

Minutes 12.20.01

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee
Minutes 12.20.01

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. Electives Proposal. The proposal to designate the electives program an official course and be managed as such with course co-directors was approved. Margaret Mohrman, the current Electives Board Director, has reviewed the proposal and agrees with the concept. The Clinical Medicine Committee will assume an active role as the advisory group for the electives course directors. Candidates for the new clinical co-director were discussed. Qualities deemed necessary for the person assuming this position include 1) possess a diplomatic attitude, 2) a physical location in the "hospital" complex , and 3) familiarity with aspects of all four years of the curriculum. The position would be require about 3% of a faculty members time and is a compensated position

  2. Advanced Clinical Elective. Advanced Clinical Electives are for senior students who have successfully completed their clerkships. The purpose of the ACE is to prepare the student for residency training. ACE will be a required experience and must be a minimum of four weeks duration. It will require the highest level of patient involvement allowed a medical student. Approximately 80% of students participate in electives considered ACE electives during their fourth year at the present time. Approval of individual Advanced Clinical Electives will be determined by the Electives course co-directors in consultation with the CMC. Minor changes were recommended to the proposal and will be considered when formulating the final criteria and objectives of the program. The Committee recommended inclusion of the words "commitment and responsibility" in the wording of the ACE criteria. Students need to be present at all times they are assigned to ACE to fully take advantage of the educational opportunity.

  3. Grading Subcommittee. Bob Bloodgood is now the co-chair with Al Connors of the ad hoc Subcommittee on Grading. The committee has been charged to advise the Curriculum Committee regarding grades and grading policy for the School of Medicine years 1-4. The subcommittee should provide the Committee with an evaluation of the current UVA grading system, its purpose and its successes and failures. The committee should also evaluate other grading systems, their pros and cons, and their potential impact on the UVA system. If the subcommittee determines that a grading system change is needed at UVA, then an implementation plan should be delivered to the Curriculum Committee. It will then be discussed with the Associate Deans for Admissions and Student Affairs. Whatever the outcome, the Curriculum Committee will submit a report to the Dean.

  4. The next meeting of the Curriculum Committee will be on January 3, and will be a joint meeting with the Clinical Medicine Committee.

-Don Innes