Minutes 08.25.11

Minutes 08.25.11

University of Virginia School of Medicine

Curriculum Committee

Minutes – 08/25/11

Pediatric Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.


Present (underlined) were: Gretchen Arnold, Robert Bloodgood, Megan Bray, Chris Burns, Donna Chen, Eugene Corbett, Thomas Gampper, Wendy Golden, Donald Innes (Chair), John Jackson, Keith Littlewood, Veronica Michaelsen, Mohan Nadkarni, Bart Nathan, Linda Waggoner-Fountain, Bill WilsonMary Kate Worden, Mary Grace BakerLong Vinh, Thomas Jenkins, Sam ZhaoDebra Reed (secretary)

  1. Announcements:

    Fall IAMSE Web – Audio Series  Announced
    The Second Flexnerian Report: Implications, Applications and Expectations
    Every Thursday in September, a different topic will be presented at noon by a nationally known speaker and brought to you live via web-audio seminar. Presentations last 40 minutes and are followed by a discussion. Feel free to bring a lunch.  All sessions are at NOON in the Clinical Skills Center Conf. Room 114 MEB.
    Sept 1: 1910 and 2010: What's with these Carnegie reports on medical education? David Irby
    Sept 8: Integration and Inquiry, Innovation and Improvement. Bridget O'Brien
    Sept 15: Individualization. Catherine Lucey
    Sept 22: Instituting and Using a Holistic Admissions Process. Marlene Ballejos
    Sept 29: Professional Identity Formation.  Kelley Skeff

    Student Demographic Data for the School of Medicine 2011-12 prepared by Stuent Affairs was distributed to the Committee.

  2. Policy on Academic Deficiencies.  The Committee reviewed the latest draft of the Policy on Academic Deficiencies – with special attention to the standards regarding Professionalism.  With minor changes the Curriculum Committee approved the policy.  The policy will now go to the Dean’s Office for approval and review by the University Council Office.

  3. Activity Types and Attendance and Recording Policies.   The Committee discussed current and proposed attendance and recording policies for each SOM activity type.  The policy will be changed to allow recording as listed in the table below.

    Relation of Activity Types to Recording         1.2

     Activity Type (as listed in Oasis)     Recorded?
     Clinical Case Presentation (Engagement) Yes
     Clinical Case Presentation (Lecture) Yes
     Laboratory  No
     Large Group Discussion Yes
     Lecture   Yes
     Panel Discussion Yes
     Patient Presentation No
     Review   Yes
     Small Group Discussion No
     TBL No
    The student SMEC leadership is aware that if the number of students in attendance at the Clinical Case Presentation (Engagement) sessions deteriorates to the point that it affects the learning environment of these sessions particularly the workload of the participating students then the status would be reviewed.

  4. Ultrasonography in the SOM Curriculum

    In the Fall of 2010, the CPD organized a OB/GYN ultrasonography exercise for the MCM students.  Since that exercise occurred, questions have been raised about how this exercise impacts the safety of the mothers who volunteer for the exercise and their fetuses.  A group made up of CPD faculty, OB/GYN faculty, University Council and Dean’s Office representatives have met, the last time with the faculty member who raised the objections.  In response, a plan has been developed which includes improved learning objectives for the students and more clearly defined guidelines for patient participation to better insure patient safety.  Issues regarding educational value of the ultrasonography program were raised as well as whether timing of the experience to coincide with third year clerkships or fourth year electives might be more useful.  The Curriculum Committee reviewed the plan and will ask to meet with the CPD and OB/GYN faculty who run these exercises before a final decision is made. 


Donald Innes