Minutes 03.28.13

Minutes 03.28.13

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee Executive Management Group
Minutes – 03.28.13

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, Guests: Donna Chen, Jeff Young, Debra Reed (Secretary)

  1. Announcements:  Comments from recent student reflections gathered as part of the Social Issues in Medicine (SIM) course were reviewed.  SIM is an outstanding program. The student who wrote the following captured SIM "SIM activities have helped me learn and served as a reminder of things I know but need to keep in mind as I learn all of the medical facts. The SIM Content Talks do a great job of showing us the real world and bridging the gap between the contents of our textbooks and readings and treating real patients. I think the insight SIM activities in general have given me so far is a reminder that a patient is not just an array of symptoms that needs to be analyzed and diagnosed. A patient is a person with thoughts, wants, and needs. Sometimes I think we lose sight of that as we hunch over our laptops and textbooks night after night, and I am really happy that we have SIM activities to keep us grounded and aware of what really matters…. " Work is beginning on a list of criteria for passing SIM and a remediation plan.

  2. Patient Safety.  Jeff Young, Hospital Patient Safety Committee Chair met with the group to stress the importance of integrating patient safety education in all facets of the undergraduate medical curriculum.  A patient safety proposal from Dr. Margaret Plews-Ogan is already being used to accomplish this.  Elements of this proposal have already been implemented into orientation and the transition course and will plans are in development for safety issues to be added to future OSCEs.  Dr. Young noted that when this proposal was fully implemented, the amount of patent safety education in the curriculum would be sufficient.  Dr. Young will explore the possibility of creating a patent safety elective for interested fourth year students in cooperation with the Hospital Safety Committee.  This elective might take a patient safety issue and ask students to provide solutions to the issue and to explore the feasibility and cost of the solution.   Safety guidelines should be in place and actively referred to in all aspects of medicine. Medical students who are actively engaged and enthusiastic about patient safety can motivate other staff, i.e. residents, faculty and staff and create a safer patient environment. [Request Drs. Young and Plews-Ogan to review learning objectives for patient safety and quality in all clerkships and CPD-1. Jeff should place special emphasis on Surgery, Ob/Gyn, Specialty and the Perioperative (Anesthesia) clerkships; Peggy on Medicine, Pediatrics, Neurology, etc.]

  3. Clerkship Schedule for SMD 2015.  The Curriculum Committee approved the SMD 2015 Clerkship schedule.  This schedule has been recently amended to make August 19-24, 2013 vacation time and not an intersession.

  4. Minimum Criteria for Passing CPD.  The Committee reviewed the passing criteria proposed for CPD, made modifications and approved the following Minimum Criteria for Passing CPD:


  5. Guidelines for the Preclerkship Phase of the NxGen Curriculum.  A draft document developed by Don Innes and Mary Kate Worden that attempts to outline the criteria for content in the NxGen Curriculum was discussed.  Donna Chen met with the group and noted areas that should be made more transparent. It should also be noted whether it refers to the “preclinical” years (courses and systems) or all four years of medical school including clerkships and electives.  She will send her comments to Drs. Worden and Innes.  The draft will be further developed and reviewed by the Curriculum Committee in the future. 

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