Curriculum Committee Minutes 05.06.10
UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA SCHOOL OF
CURRIULUM COMMITTEE MINUTES
Pediatric Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.
Present (underlined) were: Gretchen Arnold, Robert
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
Wilson, Mary Kate Worden, John Hemler,
Christina Portal, Guest: Jim Martindale, Debra Reed
- Assessment Committee Report - Jim Martindale briefed the
Committee on the progress of the Assessment Committee. The
Committee has recently focused on the details of assessment in the new
The mechanics (flow of questions from creation to inclusion in a quiz or exam) and time constraints. Under consideration is requiring questions/multimedia items to be submitted to the system leader at least 3 months before they are to be used and the leader submitting them for inclusion in the database at least one month before use.
The number of questions necessary for examinations, quizzes, and practice exercises:
Requiring 15 items per hour of student contact with items designated as quiz, summative, cumulative, or practice items. Practice questions should be especially helpful to the students.
Under consideration is requiring 80-120 items per 5-hour summative examination (25/hour). This is approximately one half the number of questions per hour for the National Boards (~50/hour). [NBME: 46/hour]
All questions will be multiple choice best answer with clinical [or experimental] vignettes and with integration whenever possible across threads.
The database is being modified to improve ease of use.
Smaller groups from the Assessment Committee (2-3 individuals) will following questions through the system and look at the item analysis of the questions and how they function reporting this information back to the system leaders.
Communication with System Leaders needs improvement. As soon as the assessment guidelines have been vetted by the Curriculum Committee, the guidelines will be sent to all system and thread leaders.
The first exam will be around Labor Day this year so there is some urgency in having an assessment plan in place as soon as possible. The final plan should be ready for the Curriculum Committee to review by next week.
- Discussion of Selection/Approval Policy for Curriculum
Leaders – The Committee discussed past experience with
selection/approval of system and clerkship leaders and ways to improve
this process. The Committee agreed that a more transparent policy
should be developed for all involved – the Curriculum Committee, the
department chairs, and faculty. The job descriptions for these
positions will also be reviewed. A description of the length of
tenure (3-5 years?) and a nomination process, e.g. multiple nominations
to the Curriculum Committee for each position), interview, etc. should
be developed. The Committee would ask that notice of a change in
leadership be given at least one year in advance if at all
possible Consideration was given to the value of an
assistant director who is able to step in to the position temporarily
if the director should have to step down.
The Committee discussed ways to encourage/assure compliance with the policy as well improve communication with department chairs.
Donald J. Innes, Jr., M.D.