Minutes 03.14.13

Minutes 03.14.13

University of Virginia School of Medicine
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)

  1. 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 evaluations.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 six weeks.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.