Minutes 03.24.11

Minutes 03.24.11

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee
Minutes – 03.24.11

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, Bart Nathan, Linda Waggoner-Fountain, Bill WilsonMary Kate WordenJohn Hemler,  Christina Portal,  Nicole White,  Debra Reed (secretary)


  1. Announcements:

    NRMP Service Disruption.   On March 15th shortly after the Scramble began, NRMP experienced technical issues when the Registration, Ranking, and Results. As soon as they realized the service disruption would not be resolved quickly, they communicated by email to all parties, including applicants seeking positions, participating residency programs, and medical school staff.  They will continue to investigate the March 15th service disruption.

    The 2011 Match was the last year for the current Scramble process. A new Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP) will be implemented in Match Week 2012. To learn more about SOAP, visit www.nrmp.org.

    Simulation Center Activities.    Keith Littlewood and Elizabeth Wright of the Simulation Center were applauded for their activities at the 2011 International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare in New Orleans as well as the recent ADE Poster Session.

     Medical Jeopardy Competition.  The UVA SOM Medical Jeopardy team (Paul Hiles, Jeff Yu and Hadi Anwar) in a statewide competition won the competition with 12,350 points – far outscoring the other teams involved in the recent match.

  2. NBME Update – Members are encouraged to review current NBME updates on the NBME website http://www.nbme.org/schools/index.html

    Interprofessional Collaboration.  Call for abstracts from IPEI:

    Would interprofessional collaboration help you and the patients on your unit?
    Do you have experiences or ideas to share about improving collaboration?
    Have you or your unit worked on a project that improved collaboration between professions?

    A simple 300 word abstract might be your ticket to participate in "Collaborating Across Borders - III" in Tucson in November! Submit a 300 word abstract describing your workshop, interprofessional discussion group, research paper, demonstration, or poster to the UVa Interprofessional Education Initiative (IPEI) for review.  Three presentations will be selected to receive registration, travel, and hotel expenses for the CAB-III conference. To be considered for this award of support, abstracts must be submitted by email to Renee Breeden rcb9b@virginia.edu   by 5 p.m. on April 20, 2011.  Conference website: http://www.cabarizona2011.org/ ; click on "Call for Abstracts" for details and requirements.DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT DIRECTLY TO CAB-III if you wish to be considered for this award of support.

    Outstanding Teaching Award winner.  The Selection Committee co-chaired by Bob Bloodgood and Wendy Golden have selected Michael Gardiner as the recipient of the 2011 Medical Student Teaching Award. 

    The Medical Student Teaching Elective is supervised by Drs. Donald Innes and Veronica Michaelsen.  Students are provided with an extensive reading list to further their education and provide guidelines for their educational project. This year students have created valuable educational programs for many of the courses/systems i.e. Microbes, Genetics, GI.  If System Leaders have a need for medical student assistance, they should let Drs. Innes and Michaelsen know.  An attempt is made to pair student interest with course/system needs.  Students participating in these electives take away valuable education principles/experience while providing usable cases, questions, objectives or other educational products to the System Leaders.   John Hemler will discuss this with Sam Zhao, the incoming President of the Mulholland Society, so that these Teaching Elective opportunities can be advertised to the students.

    Mulholland President.  The Committee thanked John Hemler outgoing Mulholland President,  for his excellent service to the Curriculum Committee.  Sam Zhao, the new President, will be joining the Curriculum Committee at the next meeting.

  3. Joint Clerkship Committee Meeting.  The Clerkship Directors from UVA, Salem VA and Fairfax will meet at UVA next week on Wednesday 3/30/11.  The agenda includes presentation of  the Mulholland Clerkship report, a discussion of LCME ED-24 - Preparation of Residents for Teaching and Assessment of Students,  an overview of the electives/selectives, development of learning objectives in the clerkships, and other topics such as patient quality & safety,  DxRx, Systems Based Practice Curriculum,  Clinical Skills Working Group Recommendation, updates from Virginia Tech Carillion, Fairfax, and Salem and a tour of the School of Medicine including the Simulation Center.

  4. MCM Restructuring.  After much discussion, MCM and Microbes have been integrated into the Fall of the first year.  A fall break is added in week 9.  Weeks 2-12 will be MCM, Weeks 13-19 will be Immunology System and Microbes with the exception of week 16 which will be the Thanksgiving break.      Approximately three weeks of curriculum information from MCM would be moved to the individual systems.  Some of the systems might need to be expanded to have time for these additions.  An additional week of summer break would be welcomed to allow students to participate in the Summer Research Program.   Due to these changes, SIM and CPD will need to make adjustments to maintain and further enhance integration.

  5. Consistency Across Entire 18 Month Curriculum.  Sabrina Nunez has been hired as Assistant Systems Leader and will work with Kim Joyce, Instructional Designer, to achieve a greater consistency across the systems in all facets of the curriculum including objectives, expectations, TBLs, examinations, grading policies, etc.  Mind Brain Behavior’s policies work well and may become the foundation for developing consistent packages for all the systems.

  6. Faculty Development.  Asking the Teaching Resource Center to provide further faculty development is being considered especially in relation to writing effective exam questions.   One-to-one faculty development sessions with Kim Joyce have been very successful.

  7. CPD Evaluations.  CPD evaluations of student performance was discussed.  Gene Corbett will bring a sample of the evaluation instrument to a future meeting.

  8. Grading/Remediation Policies.  Members were asked to consider current grading and remediation policies.  This will be discussed further at a subsequent Curriculum Committee meeting and recommendations made to the Systems Leaders.



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