University of Virginia School of
Curriculum Committee Executive Management Group
Minutes – 3/14/13
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)
- CV/Pulm/Renal System Recommendations
were approved and will be sent to each system for action in the next
iteration of these systems. Successful completion of these will be
assessed in the next round (2013/14) Curriculum Committee
CV System Recommendations - March 2013
- The physiology content and learning method employed must be reworked to align with the other parts or the cardiovascular system curriculum in terms of sequence, consistency of approach, and learning environment. In particular the physiology learning objectives, mode of learning, assessment questions, and general level of clinical basic science difficulty appropriate to preclerkship students must be carefully examined and adjusted to improve student learning and comprehension.
- Rework the presentation of the histology content to match the needs and learning environment of the cardiovascular system. Note that students praised the short pathology pre-recorded video lectures of Dr. LeGallo suggesting that they be used for histology content.
- Keep up the good work. From content to process,
the material was provided in a clinical context that reinforced student
learning and continually reminded them of their future as
Renal System Recommendations - March 2013
- Refine the learning objectives by increasing the specificity and improving the linkage to lectures and assessments.
- Continue the frequent quizzing. See recommendation #1 regarding linkage between learning objectives and assessments.
- PRL’s of high quality are useful learning tools but must follow the Next Generation Procedures and Policies Manual section II, ii, d. “If more than 4 hours of pre-recorded lectures need to be assigned in a given week, a corresponding amount of time needs to be cleared from the scheduled class time (8:10 AM to 12:00 PM) to accommodate these lectures.”
- Keep up the good work. Your approachable, helpful, understanding manner and visibility in the classroom is appreciated as a model for all of us.
Pulmonary System Recommendations - March 2013
- The overall organization of the content must be reworked to ensure a more logical sequential flow. A stronger foundation of physiology needs to be established early in the system.
- Learning objectives must be refined with stronger and more direct links to assessment questions.
- Keep up the good work. The dedicated and patient
Pulmonary System Leadership was highly responsive to student feedback.
From content to process, the material was provided in a clinical
context that reinforced student learning and continually reminded them
of their future as physicians.
The pre-recorded lecture as used for integration of pathology (Dr. LeGallo) is a model for others.
- Thread Leaders. The Committee recommends a
Histopathology thread leader be created in that pathology is the most
direct application of histology to medicine although connections to
physiology and patho-physiology are also appreciated. [Another thread
needed is Human Sexuality that would include the current LBGT thread.
Anita Clayton has the expertise and interest for the Human Sexuality
thread and Robin LeGallo for the Histopathology thread.
- Elections are needed. For the
Pre-clerkship, Clerkship/Post-clerkship, and Thread Leaders Committees
are reminded that each committee is responsible to the Curriculum
Committee and Dean and that each committee must elect a chair or
co-chairs in the case of the preclerkship committee elected from the
membership with the approval of the Curriculum Committee and rotating
every three years.
- Clerkship grades. The Committee
reviewed the dates clerkship grades are required and clerkship
compliance in providing grades periods 1A – 6A, 3/2012-2/2013.
Nearly all clerkship grades were received within the five week UVa
requirement. Late evaluations in Psychiatry are due to a single
instructor who will no longer be teaching UVa students as of March
2013. Major storms with power failures delayed some reports but within
- NBME Results. Final results for USMLE
Step 1 for First Time Takers in 2012 and USMLE Step 2 (CK) for First
Time Takers 7/12 – 1/13 were reviewed. For Step 1 the histogram shows
all discipline and organ system areas at or above the mean. It does not
appear any change is needed in curriculum. The mean UVa scores are
closer to the national mean than in the past several years. Previous
results can be found at:
USMLE Step-2 results are at the mean but only show the 25 students who took thew exam after July 1, 2012. Most of our students take the exam in the period between the end of clerkships and June 30. In this period the mean was 250 UVA / 237 National.
- Developing new leadership Clerkships,
systems and other courses should whenever possible develop new
generations of leaders. These new leaders should have the interest and
ability to inspire and nurture students and other faculty; should look
beyond management duties to encompass new technology, changing
demographics, and new knowledge of what and how we learn.
- Request the Mulholland Society to consider
a name change for “End of Basic Sciences Party” such as “End of
Pre-clerkship Phase” or “End of Systems”, etc. As we have an
integrated curriculum basic science and clinical are woven together
without an “end”.
Donald J. Innes, Jr., M.D.