Minutes 04.21.11

Minutes 04.21.11

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee
Minutes – 04.21.11

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, Linda Waggoner-Fountain, Bill WilsonMary Kate Worden,  Christina Portal,  Sam Zhao,  Debra Reed (secretary)


  1. Announcement:  Veronica Michaelsen, John Jackson, Mary Kate Worden, and Linda Waggoner-Fountain have agreed to work on the X-Credit Subcommittee.

  2. Approving the 2011-13 Schedule.  The weekly schedule for the class of 2015 was distributed for Committee review and approval.  Differences between the current schedule for the class of 2014 and this new schedule were outlined. From student and faculty comments, it is imperative that breaks be inserted into the schedule to keep up the level of student engagement.  

    Weekly Curriculumum Schedule 2011-13 (Class of 2015)

    MCM has been shortened to allow for Microbes to move to the late fall.  Curriculum from MCM will be moved into the other systems.  Fall breaks have been added to both years of the schedule.   The GI system has been moved up to February 13 with Mind Brain Behavior to follow beginning March 19 after a Spring Break. Summer break has been extended to ten weeks to accommodate student military obligations and research projects. Summer break will vary between 9 and 10 weeks depending on where January 1 falls.

    The Pulmonary, Renal and Cardiovascular crossover week in the fall of the second year has been eliminated to include a fall break in this year. Opportunities for crossover between these systems will still be developed, but there will not be an entire week devoted to this.  The Committee discussed the underlying reasons for these changes as well as the potential effects of the changes.  Some members expressed concern that the second year was being changed prematurely as the current second year schedule will not occur until Fall, 2011. It was noted that the second year schedule will be reviewed after this fall and may need further adjustments at that time. Simulation activities that are planned for this cross over week might work just a well in the Endo/Reproductive or Hematology System and further integrates these systems. Concerns were also raised about the disjoining of MSI and MBB (GI will now be placed between the two systems) and how that would impact MBB.   Difficulties with this may be worked out with some initial review in MBB.

  3. Defining the Threads.    A list of the current Thread Leaders was distributed. The Committee discussed both the number of Thread Leaders and the level of involvement of the Thread Leaders.   The Committee considered condensing the Thread Leader list into major and minor threads for inclusion in X-Credit.   The large size of the Thread Leaders list makes it very difficult to manage i.e., who should assume responsibility for contact between System and Thread leaders, whether interaction/instruction by members from departments such as Pathology/Radiology is a substitution for direct thread leader involvement was discussed.   This year materials from each system have not been available early enough for a comprehensive review by Thread Leaders prior to the beginning of each System – this should improve in the future. Troy Buer and Don Innes will return to the Committee with proposed sets of reviewers and consultants.

Donald Innes