University of Virginia School of
Minutes – 08/21/14
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), Robin LeGallo, Keith Littlewood, Nancy McDaniel, Mark Moody, Bart Nathan, Theresa Schlager, Neeral Shah, Amita Sudhir, Linda Waggoner-Fountain, Bill Wilson, Mary Kate Worden, Dan Luftig, Michael Watson, Brandon Hunter, Guests: Anne Chapin, Casey White, Debra Reed (secretary)
The Curriculum Committee is pleased to welcome the School of Medicine Class of 2018.
The MD/JD Program has accepted it’s first student who will begin Fall 2014. Meg Keeley is to be congratulated for her work in getting this program up and running. For more information see:
University of Virginia medical student Austin Sim will be the first student in the new M.D.-J.D. program.
- Life Saving Techniques Workshop (LSTW) Resolution. By
e-mail vote, the Curriculum Committee has agreed that the best plan of
action to address the make-up of the cancelled LSTW workshops is this
one recommended by Dr. John Riordan, Director of the LSTW. The
Curriculum Committee considers this program a valuable and essential
part of the students training. The LSTW is a graduation
requirement for all students and the Curriculum Committee reaffirmed
that it should remain a requirement. The LSTW will continue in
the current cycle with make-up days for the missed sessions scheduled
for the Monday (3/2/15) before and the Friday 3/13/15) after Dx/Rx
course. Dr. Engelhard has graciously consented to this plan. The
LSTW program should resume on Wednesday 8/27 so no more make-up
sessions should be necessary.
Inventory in Context, August 2014.
A document from the AAMC entitled “Commentary on Curriculum Inventory Graph: Number of Schools Mapping Institutional Expectations to the PCRS Domain, “Personal & Professional Development” was presented to the committee.
- Curriculum Summer Activities. The Curriculum Committee
reviewed the results of the USMLE Step 3 over the period of 2009-2011
during the summer hiatus. There was virtually no change over the
three-year period with first time takers - UVA students - scoring in
the 98-99 percentile.
- Curriculum Appointments:
The Curriculum Committee discussed and approved the nomination of Marty Mayo, Ph.D. as the new co-leader along with Dr. Robin LeGallo for the Cells, Tissues, and Mechanisms of Disease Course.
The Curriculum Committee discussed and approved the nomination of Manoj Patel, Ph.D. as the new Physiology thread leader.
- 2014 AAMC GQ Report. Elizabeth Bradley presented highlights
of the 2014 AAMC Graduation Questionnaire Report. The report
focuses on both basic science and clerkships. While most of the report
was complementary, students did note that some of the basic sciences
had not prepared them as well as they anticipated, i.e. Microbiology,
Physiology, Pharmacology. Using internal surveys the same issues
were identified and numerous changes in the delivery, organization and
personnel of these areas have been made. Course, System and
Clerkship leaders are asked to review the report carefully and address
any of the issues raised in their area. Some students reported not
getting mid-clerkship feedback but clerkship directors report that this
is always done and have proof. Clerkship directors need to
“label” mid-clerkship feedback at the time it is provided to the
- OSCEs - Anne Chapin, Nancy McDaniel, and Casey White
presented information on the status of the OSCE program. Three
OSCEs have been instituted prior to the beginning of the
clerkships. OSCE 1A and 1B are low stakes and largely formative
with minimal grade input. Students are urged to remediate deficiencies
highlighted in those two OSCEs with their CPD mentors. OSCE 1A
focuses on the history and physical with 1B adding physical examination
skills. OSCE 1C is cumulative and must be passed prior to the
starting clerkships. A deficiency in 1C must be remediated prior
to beginning clerkships and the student must receive a passing
grade. A formal remediation plan has been developed and should be
in place by next week. The OSCE Committee was asked to involve Selina
Noramly in developing/finalizing the remediation program. To help
alleviate time constraints with remediation, this 1C OSCE was moved to
earlier in the year (October) rather than at the end of the systems
A Medicine OSCE given at the end of the Medicine clerkship 12-week block has also been implemented. OSCEs in Surgery, Pediatrics/Family Medicine and Psychiatric Medicine are still in the development stage. The surgery OSCE is to be piloted in March 2015.
CPD mentors are now required to complete an OSCE so they have an appreciation of what is expected of the student and most found this to be a worthwhile experience. The Curriculum Committee thanked the OSCE committee for their hard work on these OSCEs.
- Review of Clerkship Period 1 (2014-2015) Grades
Submission. All clerkship grades for Period 1 were submitted
within the six week absolute deadline. However due to Oasis
downtime, two (Emergency Medicine and Surgery) missed the five
week deadline by three days for period 1E and one (Psychiatric
Medicine) was three days late for the five week deadline in period
- Progress on Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) –
Linda Waggoner-Fountain and Nancy McDaniel outlined the progress being
made on developing EPAs and the universal passport. The universal
passport would include all the EPAs. Determining when and where
best to evaluate these competencies is being investigated as well as
where the final review of the passport should occur.
The link to the thirteen AAMCE Core Entrustable Professional Activities
and a pertinent article are referenced below:
AAMC Core Entrustable Professional Activities for Entering Residency
AM Last Page: What Entrustable Professional Activites Add to a Competency Based Curriculum
- Policy on Academic and Professional Advancement. Minor
revisions to the Curriculum Policy on Academic and Professional
Advancement were approved.
- Governance Document Revision 2014. A revised version
of the Curriculum Governance document has been placed on the Curriculum
The Curriculum Committee will meet on the first, second, and third Thursday of the month beginning on September 4. There will be no meeting next week on 8/28/14.