Minutes 04.11.12

Minutes 04.11.12

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Executive Management Group
Minutes – 04.11.12


Pediatric Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.


Present (underlined) were: Peter Ham, Donald Innes (Chair), John JacksonKeith Littlewood, Nancy McDaniel , Bart Nathan, Casey White, Mary Kate Worden, Debra Reed (Secretary)


  1. Clinical Medicine Committee Meeting 4/9/12.  Nancy McDaniel reported on the activities at the Clinical Medicine Committee meeting Monday 4/9/12.  Brian Wispelwey, Director of the Internal Medicine Clerkship, noted some recent issues with clinical readiness, H&P skills and professionalism with the Class of 2014. Faculty should be encouraged to use the Praise/Concern cards.  Professionalism will be reinforced during the Clerkship Orientation, e.g. no texting/chatting at the bedside, arriving on time for rounds, accepting criticism well, etc. It has been reported that this group “thinks well on their feet” and seem similar to early clerkship students from previous years, so more comprehensive data will be gathered before further recommendations for improvement are made. 

  2. Clerkship Organization.  A 12-week block schedule with one intersession after the second block for the Class of 2015 Clerkships was discussed. Intersession activities would also take place during the Orientation period at the beginning of the clerkships and the Dx/Rx at the end of the clerkships.  These intersessions would meet the need to provide regular mentoring and periodic assessment (OSCEs), possibly allow time for basic sciences to be reintroduced in the clerkship year and additional simulation activities. Although there was some preference for four intersessions, this would lengthen the clerkship year to more than 52 weeks and necessitate an overlap of two classes every year.  The Group will continue this discussion at their next meeting before any decision is made.  The group agreed that a final draft of the clerkship revisions, both immediate and long term should be designed and discussed with the Clerkship leadership before any changes are piloted.


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