Minutes 04.01.10

Minutes 04.01.10

Curriculum Committee Minutes 04.01.10

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee
Minutes – 04.01.10

Pediatric Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.

Present (underlined) were: Gretchen ArnoldRobert Bloodgood, Megan Bray, Donna Chen, Eugene Corbett, Thomas Gampper, Wendy Golden, Donald Innes (Chair), Keith Littlewood, Veronica Michaelsen, Mohan Nadkarni, Chris Peterson, Jerry Short, Linda Waggoner-Fountain, Bill WilsonMary Kate Worden,  John Hemler, Christina Portal, Debra Reed (secretary)   Guests: Harmony CatonSusan Munga  

  1. Dual Degree Program:  M.D./Ph.D.  Don Innes presented the proposed changes to the academic description of the Combined M.D., Ph.D.  The changes were in part necessary due to the advent of the Next Generation SOM Curriculum.  After discussion, the Committee approved the changes unanimously.

    Dual Degree Program:  M.D./Ph.D.
    Students must be admitted to each program/plans within the two careers (Medicine, GSAS/PhD).  Admission is to both the M.D. program and to the Ph.D. program.

    Enrollment, Tuition and Financial Aid
    Student enrolled in the M.D./Ph.D. dual degree program under the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) will pay medical school tuition, and will be enrolled in the School of Medicine for preclinical medical training, which under the curriculum instituted for the Medical School class of 2014 occupies 68 weeks of instruction and 8 weeks of break, concluding in winter of the second year.  Subsequently students will enroll in GSAS for the spring and subsequent semesters it takes to finish the Ph.D. degree (years 3-7), and then return to the School of Medicine for the remaining semesters.

     Any student enrolled is required to meet the independent degree requirements of both programs.

    Tracking Credit
    Credits that are applicable to the two degrees  (Medicine/GSAS-PhD) require manual intervention.  Through a long-standing agreement between the School of Medicine and GSAS and MSTP students are awarded 18 GSAS topical credit hours for course work completed in the medical curriculum during the pre-clerkship years. Although a new medical curriculum is being implemented for the 2010 entering Medical and MSTP classes, the content is the same so this long standing GSAS-MSTP agreement should continue as before. Additionally, some School of Medicine credits are accrued through activities performed during registration under GSAS, for example research electives or clinical rotation electives appropriate for certain Ph.D. programs.

    In addition to the standard pre-clerkship MD curriculum, students in the MSTP program are required to take the following courses:

    BIMS 8171 MD/PhD Research in Progress Colloquium (fall semester)
    BIMS 8172 MD/PhD Research in Progress Colloquium (spring semester)
    BIMS 8131 Topics in the Molecular Basis of Human Disease (fall and spring semester)
    BIMS 8151 MSTP Journal Club (spring semester)

    Awarding of Degrees
    Having met the degree requirements, the Ph.D. degree will be awarded before completion of the M.D. degree.  Upon completion of the Ph.D., a form and supporting letter from the student’s advisor need to be submitted to the Electives/Selective Coordinator requesting advanced standing of 32 elective credits toward the M.D. degree.

    6/5/2009 revised 3/10/2010

  2. Student Safety in the Clerkships.  Harmony Caton and Susan Munga met with the Committee to present the findings from a recent student survey regarding student safety in the clerkships.  The survey asked students to evaluate their experience with clerkship/elective rotations that expect early morning arrival ties (5:00 am – 6:30 am) or late evening departure times.  Harmony and Susan outlined some of the anecdotal information obtained in the survey to the Committee as well as the numbers.  Fifty-three percent of those who responded to the survey (of which 62% were female) had at some time during their clerkship/electives felt unsafe walking to or from the hospital.  Three suggestions for improving the situation were discussed.

    The first option would be to increase the availability of parking passes for clerkships and electives that have early morning activities.  At the present, approximately 21 are available – parking passes can only be purchased on a yearly basis – and a greater number (~57) would be required to cover all students.  This option would require discussion with Parking and Transportation to determine whether more passes could be made available and/or if monthly parking was an option. In any case funding would need to be arranged. 

    A second option is to create a shuttle service (much like the Nursing School has) – the expense of this would also need to be considered. 

    A third option is to contact the “Safe Ride Home” group which currently is limited to providing transportation home for students and is mostly used by undergraduates in the evening.  An arrangement with “Safe Ride Home” for medical student early morning and late night hospital activities was discussed and could be explored further. 

    In that participation in early morning and late night patient care, e.g. morning surgery rounds, is an important part of medical student education the Committee found that a safe environment should be provided for students to travel to and from the hospital in the early morning or late evening hours.  Inquiries will be made to the Parking and Transportation Department, the Safe Ride Home program, and the Medical School Administration in an effort to provide a safe environment for required medical education activities.

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