Minutes 03.22.12

Minutes 03.22.12

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Executive Management Group
Minutes – 03/22/12

Pediatric Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.


Present (underlined) were: Peter Ham, Donald Innes (Chair),  Keith LittlewoodNancy McDaniel (Acting Chair), Bart Nathan,  Casey White,  Mary Kate Worden,  Debra Reed (secretary)

  1. Cardiovascular System 2012.  The Curriculum Executive Management Group reviewed the revised draft of plans for the 2012 Cardiovascular System.  The group was pleased with the recent revisions to the plan and will offer suggestions for consideration by the System Leader.  John Dent, CV System Leader. will be asked to present the final CV system plan for review at a System Leaders meeting in April. 

  2. Engagement Sessions Defined.  The Group reviewed and endorsed the following guidelines for engagement sessions.  After review by the Curriculum Committee, the instructors as well as the reviewers will be notified of these guidelines. This policy with engagement defined as representing 40% of the allotted time would allow for measurement of engagement activities by session rather than in minutes as was done in the past year.  The group would also like to see increased involvement by the instructional design team in these engagement sessions. 

    "Engagement Sessions" are learning units that contain “active learning” educational activities in which the student applies, analyzes, or evaluates information AND in which the students are interacting BOTH with the material and with others in a way that generates feedback (peer or instructor). For a session to count as an "Engagement Session" the  “active learning” should represent 40% of the allotted time. If this definition is met then the session is counted as “engagement” for the entire allotted time.

    "Engagement Sessions" are NOT information only; clicker use alone is not sufficient.

    Examples of “active learning”:
    1-minute papers on application-level material followed by discussion
    Clicker assessment with student discussion
    Team Based Learning
    Problem sets
    Case/Small Group discussions

  3. Clinical Performance Development.  Nancy McDaniel outlined the plans for CPD-1 and CPD-2 in the 2012-13 year.  Weekly faculty development sessions will be organized for CPD-1.  These sessions would take plac during  the first ½ hour of the weekly CPD sessions.  These sessions will be designed to enhance consistency among the CPD small groups.  For CPD-2, areas that might best be taught in intersessions of multiple clerkships is being determined and workshops will be developed.  OSCEs in areas such as sterile field, etc. are being designed as well.  It was suggested that designating “teaching faculty” in all clerkships should be considered.


Nancy L. McDaniel, M.D.