Minutes 09.01.11

Minutes 09.01.11

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee
Minutes – 09/01/11

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 Baker,  Long Vinh, Thomas Jenkins,  Sam Zhao, Guest:  Chris Chisholm,  Debra Reed (secretary)

  1. Announcements:

    A report from the Boston Globe notes that Yale University School of Medicine will be providing iPads for their medical students and eliminating all printed course materials.

  2. Clerkship Review 2010-11.  A draft of a new clerkship review form was distributed to the Curriculum Committee.  An annual clerkship review is planned.  This new form will provide much needed information to the CPD Committee as well as provide a standardized method of reviewing pertinent information from each clerkship.

    Members were asked to review this document and be prepared to further discuss at upcoming meetings.   The Group agreed that the task for clerkship directors to amass much of this information would be made much easier by a consistently used form that asked for updates of the same information.   Any new items needed each review period should be added at the end so that the majority of the form remains consistent.

    The new form when ready will be available as a Word document on the Curriculum website to enable Clerkship Directors to download easily.
  3. Clerkship Curriculum Design.
    A Committee has been formed to seek ways to enhance continuity and standardization throughout the clerkships.  A proposed plan for Clerkship Organization that calls for 12-week integrated blocks of clerkships was distributed.  The blocks would be:
    1) 4 weeks General Surgery, 2 -2-week surgical subspecialties, and 2 weeks of PACM;
    2) 4 weeks Psychiatric Medicine, 4 weeks Neurology, and 4 weeks Family Medicine;
    3) 6 weeks of OBGYN and 6 weeks of Pediatrics;
    4) 4 weeks of General Medicine, 4 weeks of AIM, 2 weeks of Geriatrics and 2 weeks Specialty Medicine.

    Clerkship Organization Chart 1.0

    The Committee discussed the pros and cons of this plan and will continue this discussion at subsequent meetings.  Topics such as order of clerkship rotations and limitations of patient population both here and outside and were discussed.

  4. Ultrasonography.  Chris Chisholm and Gene Corbett outlined their position on the use of ultrasound in the CPD portion of the MCM course.  Details regarding the use of ultrasonography and the intrinsic value to the curriculum were shared.    Methodology of the Committee that looked into the use of this technology was also shared.    Curriculum Committee members asked questions and shared their viewpoints on the use of ultrasonography in the MCM course.  After the meeting a poll will be sent to the group with the following three options.  Members will be asked to submit their votes and after all have been received and results tallied, Dr. Chisholm and Corbett will be informed of the Committee’s decision.

    The three choices voted upon (after some clarification) are:

    1) Continue to run the CPD ultrasonography program as per 2010 using accepted guidelines and learning objectives (see attachments). Note that the handling of the ultrasound transducer would be limited to the faculty/ultrasonographer (in other words, students would not be holding the transducer during fetal ultrasonography sessions in CPD-1). This allows for the important benefits and value that come from the small group interactions with a pregnant woman (interviewing and/or limited physical exams that might occur) that are an important part of the overall goals of this session on growth and development.
    2) Limit ultrasound experience to the third year clerkships or electives.
    3) Demonstration before the class by the ultrasonographer with images projected to the class.

Donald Innes