CC Minutes 01/20/11

CC Minutes 01/20/11


University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee
Minutes – 01.20.11

Pediatric Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.

Present (underlined) were: Gretchen Arnold, Robert Bloodgood, Megan Bray, Troy Buer, Chris Burns, Donna Chen, Eugene Corbett, Thomas Gampper, Wendy Golden, Donald Innes (Chair), John Jackson, Keith Littlewood, Veronica Michaelsen, Mohan Nadkarni, Linda Waggoner-Fountain, Bill WilsonMary Kate WordenJohn Hemler,  Christina Portal,  Nicole White, Guest:  Elizabeth BradleyDebra Reed (secretary)  


  1. Announcements

    System and Thread Leaders met on 1/19/11.  Don Innes reported that the meeting was quite successful with much valuable information shared.   Discussion at the meeting also pointed out needs and concerns in the upcoming curriculum.  There appears to be more lecture time in the new curriculum that planned and with variable density of the material.  Chris Burns noted that running Microbes in the three week time period is more labor intensive that he had initially thought and encouraged all system leaders to prepare for this when developing their systems.  The Curriculum Committee may develop more explicit guidelines for the System Leaders, e.g. use of time in the curriculum, percentages of lecture versus TBL.

    Thread Leaders should be invited to the System Leaders meeting every third or fourth month.    A new “speed dating” type of meeting to introduce Thread and System Leaders to each other and encourage dialogue was suggested and will be arranged as early as March. This meeting is an opportunity for Keith Littlewood of the Simulation Center to offer input for inclusion of simulation experiences in the systems and CPD curriculum. 

    CoLab or X-Credit tracks threads. X-Credit, when populated with all the objectives/activities from each system will be valuable to thread and system leaders System and Thread leaders post to CoLab, creating virtual meetings.  This would work much better and be more likely to happen if the leaders meet in the “speed dating” mode a few times per year.  Thread leaders have met once but should meet routinely and elect a leader for the group.  Incorporation of the vast number of threads  (now nearly 50) into the curriculum requires a great deal of cooperation between system and thread leaders.  Thread leaders should review the upcoming system block schedules already posted on Co-Lab for areas where their thread could be incorporated or enhanced in the lesson plans.  Thread leaders should create a  brief statement or list of learning objectives in their threads that students should be exposed to and master as the entire curriculum progresses.

  2. Systems Group Co-Leaders.  Bart Nathan was endorsed unanimously by the Curriculum Committee to become the new Co-Chair along with Chris Burns of the System Leaders group.

  3. Consistency of the TBLs.  Don Innes reported that the recent GRIPE (Group for Research in Pathology Education) meeting focused on incorporation of TBL into the curriculum. Based on what he learned the Committee agreed that there must be a TBL team(s) who actually run the TBLs in all systems; work closely with the instructors/system leaders to develop the TBLs.  This team approach ensures consistency of the TBLs across all systems.  First year student evaluation comments regarding the TBLs concur with this approach.

    System Leaders and interesting faculty should be made aware of when TBL activities are coming up in the Curriculum so they could attend and become familiar with the TBL process.

  4. The next meeting of the Curriculum Committee will be held on 2/3/11 in the Simulation Center Ground floor conference room. Anyone who would like a tour should show up at 3:30 pm.     The agenda for this meeting will include the discussion of the evaluation material.


Donald Innes