Minutes 02.03.11

Minutes 02.03.11

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee
Minutes – 02.03.11

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 Wilson,  Mary Kate Worden,  John Hemler,  Christina Portal,  Nicole White, Nosheen Reza, Guest:  Elizabeth Bradley,  Selina Noramly,  Debra Reed (secretary)  


  1. Simulation Center.  The Committee met in the Simulation Center in the Claude Moore Medical Education Building.  Dr. Keith Littlewood gave a guided tour of the facility explaining how the Center is being used currently in medical education and offering suggestions on how it could be further incorporated into the curriculum. 

  2. Announcements:  Bart Nathan was welcomed as the newest member of the Curriculum Committee as he is a Co-Director of the System Leaders Group.

  3. MCM System Evaluation Report and Course Director Response.  The Committee discussed the report e-mailed to them prior to the meeting.  Three major issues arose in the report:
    a)       Increase active learning time, decrease lecture time in MCM
    b)      Further integrate the course so that basic science information is mixed thoroughly into this system as well as the other systems.  Decrease the delineation between disciplines (Genetics, Physiology, Cell and Tissue) incorporating them all into “themes” such as growth and development, cancer/abnormal growth and development, immunology, etc.
    c)      Increase consistency among the TBL experiences

    An MCM Action plan was distributed and Committee input solicited on items as to action plan, evaluation, and resources.  

    The absence of certain small group and active learning activities located in the Jordan front labs, Library conference rooms and the Anatomy labs and not observed by the evaluators was noted.  

    Increasing the percentage of engagement versus nonengagement activities in MCM was discussed.  This must be improved prior to the beginning of next year.  

    TBL teams are being created now to work with the System Leaders and faculty to develop their TBL activities.  These teams will work with (Sabrina Nunez (Assistant System Leader) and Kimberlye Joyce (Instructional Designer) and with System Leaders and individual faculty to develop their TBLs.  Thread leaders might also be called upon to work with these teams. This type of support system was lacking in the first MCM system but is now available.  Linda Waggoner-Fountain stressed the importance of more faculty development sessions to help faculty create TBLs is necessary as well.  The teams would also run the TBLs with the teaching faculty acting as content experts - thereby insuring consistency among the TBL sessions.

    The Committee discussed the addition of one week  (mid course) of holiday time for the students.  This would shorten the MCM course from 17 weeks to 16 weeks.

    The need for timely receipt of learning objectives, powerpoints, etc. was discussed with enforcement of the deadlines and inclusion in the faculty evaluation.

    It was hoped early on that 40% of the MCM course could be engagement activities.  It appears from the data that approximately 24% was observed TBL activity.  If unobserved labs and small group activities are included in the count approximately 35% was deemed engaging.  The goal for 2011-12 is now 50%.

    All System Leaders must take a more directive approach to the individual components of their systems – introducing the days activities and developing and monitoring content and types of activities.

    The availability of practice questions was briefly discussed.  This is a huge task for most faculty members – students would like 5-10 practice questions for each question on the exam.  As questions are developed each year, this may be a possibility but because of the time restraints on faculty this will not be possible immediately.

Donald Innes