Minutes 06.10.10

Minutes 06.10.10

Curriculum Committee Minutes 06.10.10

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee
Minutes – 06.10.10

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, Jim Martindale,  Veronica Michaelsen, Mohan Nadkarni, Chris Peterson, Jerry Short, Linda Waggoner-Fountain, Bill WilsonMary Kate WordenJohn Hemler, Christina Portal,  Debra Reed (secretary)  

  1. Guidelines for Curriculum Development.  A draft “Guidelines for the Curriculum Development” was discussed.   This document is to be distributed to all system/thread leaders to provide guidance in developing the Next Generation Cells To Society Curriculum.   Committee members offered suggestions to clarify and refine the guidelines. The revised Guidelines are posted on the Curriculum website.
    The Committee discussed the final guideline regarding formative and summative assessment of students at length.  MCM is currently working on their plan for student assessment and how formative and summative assessments will be graded.  The Committee discussed ways to incentivize small group and even large group engagement activities.  Attendance at small group activities will be required in the new curriculum as it is now.   Members of the Committee suggested that bestowing points for attendance and participation and allowing some small measure of absenteeism without penalty would help delineate adult learning and enhance professionalism among the students.

    The Committee also suggested that students should have sufficient hours on alternate weekends free from assessment activities.    The Committee discussed limiting weekends devoted to assessment activities.  The argument was raised that for the student assessments on the weekends, students are free to take the quizzes as early as Friday afternoon and then could be free for the rest of the weekend or they can wait until the last possible hour on the weekend - the ultimate adult learning student decision.

  2. Recommendations to the Curriculum Committee for the use of Team Based Learning (TBL).  Veronica Michaelsen presented a draft of recommendations for the use of TBL in the Next Generation Cells to Society Curriculum.  She also distributed an example – Pituitary Disease Team Based Learning that includes an instructor guide for the activity.  When finalized this will be distributed to the System Leaders for guidance in developing their TBL activities.    Please send suggestions for enhancements, clarifications, and improvements to Vernonica Michaelsen  vem9x@Virginia.EDU.


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