Minutes 05.08.14

Minutes 05.08.14

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee
Minutes – 05/08/14

Pediatric Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.

Present (underlined) were: Gretchen Arnold, Stephen Borowitz, Elizabeth Bradley, Megan Bray, Donna Chen,  Peter Ham, Donald Innes (Chair),  Sean Jackson,  Keith Littlewood, Nancy McDanielBart NathanSabrina Nunez,  Theresa Schlager, Neeral Shah, Amita SudhirLinda Waggoner-Fountain, Bill Wilson,  Mary Kate Worden, Jonathan Pomeraniec, Deirdre Goode, Lee Eschenroeder, Derrick Thiel, guests Jordan Love and Marcia Childress, Debra Reed (secretary)

  1. Clinician's Eye

    Jordan Love and Marcia Childress presented a review of the "Clinician's Eye" program. The Clinician's Eye project is a visual art observation learning experience. The School of Medicine has partnered with the UVA Fralin Museum of Art to provide this learning experience to medical students. Jordan Love, the museum's academic curator, developed and implemented the interactive workshop.

    The Curriculum Committee was very positive about the Clinician's Eye program and supported suggestions for integrating the workshop, in both required and elective forms, into the Next Generation curriculum across all four years.

    The School of Medicine is pleased to have partnership with the museum and Jordan's leadership and splendid teaching for Clinician's Eye. Special thanks were extended to premedical students--Emma Murphy, UVA class of 2012 and Louisa Howard, UVA class of 2014.

    It is recommend that Clinician's Eye be formally incorporated into the Next Generation curriculum, with a required basic learning module occurring in first year, during Cells to Society, and more lengthy, probing instruction being made available on an extracurricular and elective basis during the later three years. The longitudinal Clinician's Eye program of visual art observation training will have the following elements:

    The Committee urged study of the impact of the program's workshop exercises on student history and physical exams. The Committee also agreed that funding (~$400) to cover the costs of museum security personnel during the evening sessions for medical students should allocated to sustain this valuable program.

  2. Microbes and the Immune System (MIS) Review

    This highly integrated six-week system combines Microbiology, Immunology, and Infectious Diseases with additional incorporation of related topics derived from Pharmacology, Epidemiology, Anatomy/Histology, Ethics, and Social Issues in Medicine.  The materials covered in this course provide foundational knowledge in these clinically relevant areas.

    The content is arranged to allow the sessions to build upon each other with increasing integration of subjects.  While every week combines many topics, there is a common theme to each week reflecting the integration of key focus areas:Fundamental Immunology and Bacteriology, Fundamental Immunology and Virology, Integration of the Immune System and Microbes, Mycology, Microbial Diseases and Vaccines, Immunological Diseases, and Applied Immunology and Parasites.

    Recommendations (from the 2013 Review) for the 2014 System:

    The Committee asked that the Infectious Disease (Dr. C. Moore) and Pharmacology (Dr. C. Creutz) thread leaders take an active role in building on the foundation formed in MIS by “pushing” Infectious Disease and Pharmacology into the systems that follow MIS. This can be accomplished by reviewing the systems content and contacting the systems leaders to assure that the concepts developed in MIS are further developed and applied in the following systems.  The thread leaders should contact Curriculum Committee if they encounter obstacles.

    Recommendations from the 2012 Review for Comparison:

  3. Clerkship Requirements:  We have several students not in synchronization with their originating class but who must meet the requirements of the graduating class.


    This affects clerkship requirements, in particular the new two week Peri-operative - Anesthesia (previously 1-week) and three week Emergency Medicine (previously 1-week) clerkships.  Students will need to meet the requirements of the graduating class by completing the 3-week Emergency Medicine clerkship and the 2-week Peri-operative clerkship during their 4th year, but will be granted 2-elective credits (towards their 4th year requirements) for the 2-week PeriOp/Acute Care Clerkship they previously took in the “old” 3rd year curriculum. 

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