Minutes 02.23.12

Minutes 02.23.12

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Executive Management Group
Minutes – 02.23.12

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. Clerkship Director and System Leader Selection Criteria/Resources.  The Clerkship Leader Selection Criteria/Resources document was reviewed.  The Clerkship document was approved by the Curriculum Committee and enacted 1/1/11.  A System Leader Selection Criteria/Resources document was proposed. The System Leader selection criteria mimic the Clerkship Director’s procedure.  The Committee approved the System Leader Selection policy with this one addition (in red below).  

    In the Approval Process section: Names of nominees should be submitted to the Curriculum Committee for consideration with an accompanying curriculum vitae, supporting educational activity documentation, and letter(s) from the candidate’s Chair and/or designee, e.g. Division Head.  

    The Clerkship Director Selection policy will be amended with this addition as well. Both will be posted at:  

    The Curriculum Executive Management Group will discuss how best to handle the review process for all the Directors and System Leaders at a subsequent meeting.

  2. Musculoskeletal and Integument System (MSI).  A request has been received from Dr. McCollum to off-load the integument/dermatology content to a week of it’s own.  She proposes that this would be a one week-long system scheduled in the final curricular week before Winter Break. Scheduling this mini-system in December as opposed to earlier in the Fall would be required in order to maintain the Cadaveric Skin Biopsy Project (CSBP), which requires fresh cadavers. This mini-system could be jointly administered by Mark Russell and Melanie McCollum and would include two problem sets, a short TBL and the suturing workshop, which the students have requested be expanded to include work on cadavers.  She asks if this could be accomplished for SMD16.

    The Group discussed the advantages and disadvantages of this proposal including the consequences for Microbes and MCM.  The Group will not approve this change for SMD16 but will revisit this at a later date when more outcome data is available.  At that time, issues such as placement of human behavior and certain aspects of neuro in Mind, Brain and Behavior and the MCM and MSI will be reconsidered. 

  3. System Testing Procedures.  The System Testing Procedure policy was discussed.  The Group made suggestions that have been incorporated into the policy now on the web. 

    It was reported that student participation in the evaluation of systems has been lower since students are able to get their grades without completing the evaluation process.   The Group asked that students be required to complete a final system evaluation to receive a grade in each system.

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