Minutes 01.26.12

Minutes 01.26.12

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Executive Management Group
Minutes – 01.26.12

Pediatric Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.

Present (underlined) were: Peter Ham, Donald Innes (Chair),  Keith Littlewood, Nancy McDaniel, Bart Nathan, Casey White, Mary Kate Worden, Debra Reed (Secretary)


  1. SMD 14 Elective/Selective Weekly Schedule.    The Committee discussed the 60+ weeks now available for DX/RX, ACE, selective and elective activities.

    Suggestions for this extended fourth year:
    a)  Increase the ACE requirement (six weeks?)
    b)  Develop research projects
    c)  Clinical hands on elective (clearly defined hands on)
    d)  Reintroducing Basic Science into the fourth year was considered.   The Basic Science for

    Careers was suspended two years ago but could be reintroduced if enthusiastic leadership could be found.   The Committee agreed that students might find this more appealing if it were packaged properly.    The original design of the Basic Science for Careers will be sent to the Committee for review.

    The Committee discussed the MD/PHD program.  To date, MD/PHD students have been exempt from elective requirements.  With the additional weeks added to the schedule, the committee agreed the MD/PHD students should have a similar amount of required elective time as a condition of the MD degree.  This will be explained to the MD/PHD program directors.

    The ACE definition and criteria will be sent to the Executive Committee.

    The Committee discussed issues regarding the required selectives.

  2. SMD 16 2012-13 schedule.  The Committee reviewed the SMD 16 weekly schedule.  MCM directors were contacted to confirm that their first summative exam will be on Labor Day weekend.  Selina Noramly confirmed that this was thought to be a positive because students would be free on Monday (Labor Day) to rest after the first summative examination. 

    The Committee discussed the addition of two days, Thursday and Friday Aug 2 and 3 beginning in 2012 to allow a easier start to the fall semester focusing on anatomy and introductory basic physiology. The schedule change was approved. 

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