Minutes 02.09.12

Minutes 02.09.12

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Executive Management Group
Minutes – 02.09.12


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, Guest:  Randy Canterbury,  Debra Reed (Secretary)


  1. Announcement
    Dr. Arthur Garson, Jr will meet with the Executive Management Group on 2/16/12 to discuss his recent article published in Academic Medicine 86: 1448, 2011:  Perspective:  Leveraging the Health Care Workforce:  What Do We Need and What Educational System Will Get Us There?

  2. System Leader Meeting Attendance.  It is noted that only eight of the twenty-four System Leaders attended the recent Wednesday 2/15/12 meeting.   System Leaders are required to attend these monthly meetings but attendance numbers have become very low.  The Committee discussed possible remedies with Bart Nathan, Co-Chair of the System Leaders Group.  Reminders to the System Leaders of their commitments and enhanced meeting agendas were suggested.  The System Leaders meeting was initiated to facilitate the integration of the curriculum and have an open dialogue area for System Leaders to discuss course content and other issues affecting the systems.  A more rigorous agenda will be developed and include system reviews.  Meetings will be increased to twice monthly and the day/time may need to be changed to accommodate faculty schedules.  System Leader Job Descriptions (see below) may need to more clearly define attendance expectations and be sent to the Leaders.  The narrow focus of the leaders of individual organ systems needs to be expanded to encompass the curriculum as a whole.  It was suggested that a brief report be given to the group and discussed at the end of each system.

  3. Basic Science for Careers Reintroduced?  Mary Kate Worden proposed that the Basic Science for Careers curriculum be reintroduced as a two-week experience into the Electives/Selectives year.  She reported that many of the Basic Science faculty expressed an interest in reintroducing basic science into the medical school curriculum for the fourth year students.   The Committee agreed that to reintroduce this course, specific guidelines need to be engineered by the Curriculum Committee and an appropriate course director obtained who would adhere to these guidelines. 

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



“Next Generation” Cells to Society Curriculum

System Leader Job Description


General Responsibilities of the System Leaders:

Systems Leaders are in charge of a designated System Unit and establish the goals, learning objectives, and teaching and learning methods for each Systems Unit of the medical curriculum. System Leaders operate and administer the System Unit and are charged with actively supporting curricular innovation and improvement.


Specific Responsibilities:  

A.   Course Design: In collaboration with the Pre-Clerkship Coordinating Committee and with the approval of the Curriculum Committee, the Systems Leaders will:


  1. Course Administration: System Leaders will perform all duties necessary for the System Unit operation and will:

Leadership and Service: System Leaders will:

Qualifications: System Leaders must have a clear understanding of the goals of the medical curriculum as well as individual course, segment, and thread objectives. System Leaders are selected by the Curriculum Committee with the support of the Chair when appropriate and should be full-time School of Medicine faculty members with one or more doctoral degrees.


Work Activity Guidelines: