University of Virginia School of
Curriculum Committee Executive Management Group
Minutes – 06/04/12
Kessler Library, 1:00 p.m.
Present (underlined) were: Peter Ham, Donald Innes (Chair), Keith Littlewood, Nancy McDaniel, Bart Nathan, Casey White, Mary Kate Worden, Guests: Jim Martindale, Sabrina Nunez, Debra Reed (secretary)
Next Generation Procedures. The group continued to review the procedures document in detail. Further suggestions for modifications included:
NxGen policy requires that 15% of each summative assessment tests material from prior parts of the UME curriculum. The review material tested should be relevant to the system being tested. Students should also be aware that learning objectives may not be cited for broad based questions on review material. System Leaders should strive for broad based questions when testing review material. Problems may arise leaving learning material active on the web when Systems have begun anew for the following year.
The mid-system formative assessment should account for no less than 8 and no more than 10% of the grade. Formative exams should consist of 20 USMLE style questions per week and administered over the weekend, allowing 1.5 hours (~2 minutes per question) for completion of the assessment. Systems longer than 3-4 weeks will have more than one formative exam. There should be no “open book” questions for grading purposes. Open book tests can be formative but must be carefully designed so as not to be a regurgitation of material from the book. The can still be used but just not generate a grade.
The System Leaders should have leeway to develop grading schemes within the guidelines that best work with the length and material of their system.
Donald J. Innes, Jr., M.D.Debra Reed