Minutes 04.10.14

Minutes 04.10.14

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee
Minutes – 04/10/14

Pediatric Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.

Present (underlined) were: Gretchen Arnold, Stephen Borowitz, Elizabeth Bradley, Megan Bray, Donna ChenPeter Ham, Donald Innes (Chair),  Sean Jackson,  Keith Littlewood, Nancy McDanielBart Nathan,  Sabrina Nunez,  Theresa Schlager, Neeral Shah, Amita Sudhir,  Linda Waggoner-Fountain, Bill Wilson,  Mary Kate Worden,  Mary Grace Baker,  Nitin Malik for Jon Pomeraniec, Debra Reed,  (secretary)

  1. Announcements

    Mark Moody has begin as new director of educational technology on April 21, 2014.  Mark is a graduate of UVA's School of Commerce (management of information technology) and has impressive experience in many areas of technology.    Sean Jackson reported that Mark has extensive experience in IT project management.

    Bill Wilson noted that Oasis seems to be running extremely slow at the present time.  Sean Jackson noted that IT was aware of some problems recently with the server when large inquiries were running but will look into the performance of the system and report back to the Committee.


  2. SMD16 Step 1 Prep Report - Elizabeth Bradley outlined information gleaned from a survey of SMD16 just after they took the Step 1 exam regarding how well they thought they were prepared for Step 1.    Seventy-one students took the survey.  Survey results were almost identical to those obtained from SMD15 and SMD14. 

     The students noted that they felt most prepared for renal, heme, CV and endo/repro questions (all fall systems immediately prior to taking USMLE).  They felt they were least prepared for pharm, micro, and neurology (neurology being the only one not noted on the previous surveys).  The most and least prepared items remain almost the same for SMD15 and SMD14.  After the SMD14 survey, substantial changes were made to pharm and micro and after the SMD15 survey smaller changes were implemented.  Students on the Committee suggested that pharm and micro topics, i.e. autonomic drugs, be further integrated into the later systems in the curriculum i.e. CV, Pulm, Renal.    The students on the Committee also suggested that perhaps the equivalent of one day in each system could be devoted to microbiology and pharmacology topics directly related to the system.  The students noted that different classes of bacteria should be reinforced in the systems i.e, GI, pulmonary, renal etc.  Pharmacology flashcards made by Lange were discussed for use as a guide since students found them so helpful in studying for the Step 1 exam.   Specific pharm and micro questions added to each system’s summative exam is indicated.  The survey results will be send to the leaders of the Systems Committee, Sabrina Nunez and Neeral Shah for distribution to the system leaders.  The leaders of the Systems Committee will be asked to add this topic to an upcoming agenda for action by the system leaders.


  3. Guidelines for Curriculum Committee Reviewers.  Don Innes distributed a set of guidelines for the Curriculum Committee members to adhere to when reviewing the individual segments of the curriculum, i.e. courses, systems, clerkships and electives.  See Guidelines document. Elizabeth Bradley assembles the evaluation material, including student comments from Oasis for the reviewers electronically as pdf files.  [Guidelines updated 4/23/14 as per Curriculum Committee vote.]


  4. Teacher/Student Relationship Guidelines.    Donna Chen provided background information as to the origins of these guidelines.

    MS-32.  A medical education program must define and publicize the standards of conduct for the faculty-student relationship and develop written policies for addressing violations of those standards.

    In reviewing our documents, we find that we have good policies/procedures for addressing student mistreatment/unacceptable behaviors, but could enhance them with guidelines regarding appropriate "faculty-student relationships."  See website below for current policy:

    http://www.medicine.virginia.edu/administration/office-of-the-dean/administration/school-policies/Student%20Mistreatment%20and%20Other%20Unacceptable%20Behaviors.pdf

    Communicating with other institutions and a literature search, suggests that many schools have adopted some version of the language developed by the AAMC for this.

    The committee reviewed a DRAFT document for UVA SOM that pulls together some of the language from 2 separate AAMC documents.  Suggestions to shorten the document were provided.  The last paragraph should be incorporated in the first paragraph.

    This document will not become a policy but remain guidelines.  The guidelines will be edited according to suggestion made by Donna Chen and returned to the Curriculum Committee for approval at the next meeting on 4/17/14.

    These guidelines will be shared with faculty via the web and possibly become part of the attestation materials.  The Committee suggested Susan Kirk in the GME office review the document.


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