Minutes 01.16.14

Minutes 01.16.14

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee
Minutes – 01/16/14

Pediatric Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.

Present (underlined) were: Gretchen Arnold, Stephen Borowitz, Elizabeth Bradley, Megan Bray,  Donna ChenPeter Ham, Donald Innes (Chair),  Sean Jackson,  Keith Littlewood, Nancy McDaniel,  Bart Nathan,  Sabrina Nunez,  Theresa Schlager, Neeral Shah, Amita SudhirLinda Waggoner-Fountain, Casey White,  Bill WilsonMary Kate Worden, Derrick Thiel (alternate Mary Grace Baker), Lee Eschenroeder, Brian Wakefield,  Debra Reed (secretary)


  1. HeART of Medicine Program.    Presented by Pranay Sinha and Chelsea Becker

    What we believe:
    What we hope to accomplish:

    How we hope to accomplish it:

    Powerpoint Presentation Synopsis

  2. 2013 Pediatric Clerkship Review.  Gretchen Arnold and Amita Sudhir

    Clerkship strengths:



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    The Committee reviewed the grade distribution for the Pediatric clerkship. Although some students thought they were graded harder at off sites than students at UVA the statistics do not support such a claim. It is noted that 66% of the class has received an “A” grade (A+, A, or A-) and 33% a “B” grade (B+, B, or B-).

    Clerkship challenges:


    Consistency across the three clerkship sites is adequate but should be regularly monitored by the clerkship leaders.  Review of an analysis of the numerical grades and NBME Subject examination scores for Pediatrics show no difference between sites. Interviews with pediatric students at the away sites indicated that their experiences although different were comparable to what their colleagues were receiving at UVa. Review of the student written comments indicates a need for clarity of expectations for the resident and attending physicians at all sites - Bon Secours, INOVA and UVA.

    Both the analytic data and the student comments indicate that most of the Pediatric clerkship faculty and resident physicians at all sites are interested and enthusiastic about teaching. However a worrisome number of students report that their attending and resident physicians are not interested or do not have the time to teach, e.g. listen to the student present or include them in rounds. Additional adjustments to the Pediatric clerkship appear to be needed due to the change in the length of the clerkship from eight weeks to six weeks. The increase in class size (Class of 2016 = 156+ returning MSTPs; Class of 2017 = 162+ returning MSTPs) and the increased number of students at the UVa site may have led to some unanticipated issues as well. Placing more students at INOVA and Bon Secours may help, recognizing that the communication of expectations to all resident and attending physicians involved in teaching may be made more difficult.

    In summary, the Pediatric clerkship does a good job of preparing our students for the medical degree, but has several challenges in the coming 2014 - 2015 clerkship year that need to be addressed for the Class of 2016. A plan addressing the recommendations above should be presented to the Curriculum Committee at the February 6 meeting.

  3. Competencies Required of the Contemporary Physician.  The Committee discussed amendments to the “UVA Competencies Required of the Contemporary Physician” to make them actionable and measurable for assessment.  The Committee approved a number of changes that will be incorporated in a new revision.  This will be circulated to the Committee for proofing.

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

Debra Reed