CC Minutes 01.17.13

CC Minutes 01.17.13

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee
Minutes – 01/17/13

Pediatric Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.

Present (underlined) were: Gretchen Arnold, Robert Bloodgood, Stephen Borowitz, Megan Bray,  Donna Chen,  Peter Ham, Donald Innes (Chair), John Jackson, Keith Littlewood, Nancy McDaniel,  Bart Nathan, Amita Sudhir,  Linda Waggoner-Fountain, Casey White,  Bill WilsonMary Kate Worden,  Yasmin Poukazemi,  Jean-Baptiste MaitreDebra Reed (secretary)

  1. Geriatric Clerkship Review.   

    Reviewers: Stephen Borowitz and Donna Chen met with Huai Cheng, clerkship director; this review is based on our conversation with him and the report he submitted.

    Positive and Unique aspects of the Geriatrics Clerkship (currently 2 weeks in 3rd year)
    Challenges and ongoing opportunities

    Ideas and strategies to address the challenges faced
    Other Recommendations for the Future

  2. Surgery Clerkship Review

    Reviewers  Bart Nathan  and Mary Kate Worden
    Clerkship Coordinator: Sylvie Moore

    Sources of Information 


    Positive and Unique aspects of Clerkship

    Perceived  negatives of Clerkship 

    Ideas for improvement

    Requirements for improving the Clerkship


    -- Consider a “night float” requirement to increase exposure of students to more procedural skills; exercises in the SIM center.

    Stephen Borowitz noted that a “UVA student note” format is being developed for Epic and will be communicated to the students during the transition course.  The Committee asks that the teaching faculty also be apprised of this standard format and need for feedback at the same time.  Steve Borowitz will be asked to speak at the Joint Clerkship meeting on 2/20/13 to talk to the clerkship directors about this.

    The Committee reminds all clerkship directors that all sites must have the same learning objectives and these learning objectives are to be be closely monitored by the central (primary) UVA clerkship directors. ED-8 includes the statement “Compliance with this standard requires that educational experiences given at alternative sites be designed to achieve the same educational objectives. Course duration or clerkship length must be identical, unless a compelling reason exists for varying the length of the experience. The instruments and criteria used for student evaluation, as well as policies for the determination of grades, should be the same at all alternative sites.”

    The Committee suggested a panel discussion in the transition course to instruct students how to actively participate in clerkships.

  3. Announcements:  The Curriculum Committee will meet on 1/31/13 to review the last two clerkships and respond to some immediate curriculum concerns.  Selectives and Electives will be discussed at this meting.  Members were asked to review the 1/10/12 Curriculum Committee Executive Management Group minutes for information regarding the electives/selectives and be prepared to discuss at the next Curriculum meeting.


Donald J. Innes