Minutes 06.07.12

Minutes 06.07.12

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee
Minutes – 06.07.12

Pediatric Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.

Present (underlined) were: Gretchen Arnold, Robert Bloodgood, Megan Bray, Chris Burns, Donna Chen, Thomas Gampper, Peter Ham, Donald Innes (Chair), John Jackson, Keith Littlewood, Nancy McDaniel, Mohan Nadkarni, Bart Nathan, Linda Waggoner-Fountain, Casey White, Bill Wilson, Mary Kate WordenJeremiah Garrison,  Nicole Cresce, Courtney Chu,  Debra Reed (secretary)

  1. Elective/Selective Supervisor Responsibilities.  The Committee reviewed a draft of the Elective/Selective Supervisor responsibilities document that will be sent to all supervisors.   It is suggested that P/F/Honors designations be amended to include only P/F for Electives and the P/F/Honors designation only for Selectives.  The main issue that this document addresses is the proper allocation of faculty involvement in each elective/selective.  Supervisors who complete the evaluations and meet with the students to discuss the evaluation should receive a concordant adjustment in the percentages for these activities.  Guidelines regarding narrative comments are also included in this document and will be modified to address clinical, teaching and research electives.

  2.  General Class of 2016 Curricular Schedule and Post-clerkship Schedule for SMD14.  The general schedules for the class of 2016 was distributed and approved by the Curriculum Committee.  The details of the clerkship and elective blocks are still in development and will be further delineated at a later date.   Roughly the post-clerkship period will include 2 weeks of DxRx, 4 weeks of ACE, 2 required weeks, 42 weeks of electives for a total of 50 required weeks.  There will be 13 free weeks for interviews and vacations.  The Committee discussed whether the eight weeks of study time/vacation before USMLE Step 1 was an appropriate time period.

    The Class of 2014 will be required to have 54 credits electives/selectives to graduate (10 more credits than SMD13) which makes sense considering they start in March.

    38 elective credits
    4-credit ACE
    2-credit DxRx
    4-credits (from two 2-wk Surgery selectives in 3rd year)
    4 credits from two 2-week Medicine selectives
    2 credit Psychiatry selective

    SMD 14’s  4th year is 63 weeks long, so they will have 9-wks vacation (in addition to the 1-wk thanksgiving break & 2-week winter break)

    The School of Medicine will waive 10 weeks of credit for the students from SMD13 and previous years who are currently in dual degree programs (M.D.-Ph.D., MPH, and MBA) at UVa or other approved institutions and who will return to graduate in 2014 or beyond.   This is in addition to the current policy and will be revisited in subsequent years.  If changes are deemed necessary to the MSTP student requirements, they will be approved by the Curriculum Committee and discussed with the MSTP administration.

    The class of 2014 post-clerkship schedule was approved by the Curriculum Committee.

  3. Update on CPD.  Nancy McDaniel updated the Committee on the activities of CPD.  CPD-1 (pre-clerkship) mentors are seeing enhanced learning objectives and faculty development.  Feedback from the clerkships this year has precipitated a closer look at the clinical skills being taught in CPD-1 and the level of student competency.  OSCEs are planned and a full H&P presentation is planned before the end of CPD-1.

    Four OSCEs are planned for CDPII (clerkship period) next year.  Difficulties have been encountered finding appropriate dates for these OSCEs but it is still being worked on.  CPD mentors will continue to meet with the students during the clerkship period – learning objectives and topics for discussion are in development. 

    CPD-3 (post-clerkship) is developing activities where mentors work with the students longitudinally throughout the post-clerkship period.

    An OSCE committee is being formed to develop the OSCEs for CPD-1, 2 and 3.  For the Class of 2015, OSCE’s will be primarily medicine OSCEs, for 2016 plans are to phase in Surgery OSCEs.

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