Minutes 09.15.11

Minutes 09.15.11

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee
Minutes – 09/15/11

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,  /Guests:  Melanie McCollum, Elizabeth Bradley,  Debra Reed (secretary)

  1. MSI System Review.  Melanie McCollum, System Leader for the Musculoskeletal-Integument System discussed the recent System Evaluation Report (Curricular Weeks 25-29) and the System Leaders Response with the Curriculum Committee.


    With respect to improving the MSI System, the System Evaluation Report includes the following recommendations:

    1.    Provide more lectures to provide a “big picture” perspective on some of the material.
    2.    Reduce the total number of learning objectives and improve those specific to the dermatology component of the system.
    3.    Lengthen the system by 1 week.
    4.    Provide more handouts to serve as a framework for the material.
    5.    Improve upon TBLs and keep amount of material included at a reasonable level.
    6.    System administration should be more responsive. 
    7.    Provide more practice questions.

    In response to recommendation #3 the Curriculum Committee modified the 2012 schedule to include an additional week.  Below are the Systems Leaders’ plans for additional changes.

    Recommendations 1 & 4:

    Anticipating the request for lectures and handouts the Systems Leaders included the following request in the End-of -System Evaluation:  

    “Identify (only) three content topics that you feel would benefit from the addition of a lecture (recorded or live) and/or a customized handout.  Rank your list in order of priority with 1 = most needed and 3 = least needed.”

    We will use the student responses to this request to develop new lectures and handouts. 

    Recommendation 2:

    In an effort to reduce the number of learning objectives the Systems Leaders hope to recruit a number of general practitioners (e.g., from Family Medicine, General Medicine, Pediatrics) to review our learning objectives for appropriateness in the Pre-clerkship Curriculum.

    Recommendation 5:

    The System Leaders are quite pleased with most of the TBLs developed for this system.  Even so, we would like to add a TBL on dermatology topics and convert some of the TBL exercises into problem sets.  

    Recommendation 6:

    Most of the confusion among SMD14 regarding the MSI System administration arose from the unexpected new design of the MSI Website.  We will provide a more formal introduction to this website in 2012 so as to avoid this confusion.

    Recommendation 7:

    More practice questions will be provided to SMD15.


    The Curriculum Committee agreed that the System Leaders response to the Review was appropriate and the suggested changes should be implemented. The Committee also encouraged an increased presence of Radiology, especially in the Clinical Performance Development portion of the MSI curriculum.  The Committee also asks the System Leaders to continue to strive to get most if not all of the MSI activities into the morning session.  It was noted that only about one half of the anatomy sessions were evaluated, as the laboratory portion of the System was not observed.

    The Committee thanked Dr. McCollum and the other System Leaders for their hard work on this important System.

  2. USMLE Review Sessions.  This issue has been resolved -- students will be allowed to participate in a two week Teaching Elective with Veronica Michaelsen and Donald Innes to develop USMLE review sessions.  Students participating in this elective will need to arrange a faculty advisor who will help them to develop the proper content for the review and then they will present their review to students preparing for USMLE Step 1.

  3. Location of weekend exams (Health Sciences Library + MEB) Concern that approved exam space will be too limited when both the first and second year students have exams on the same weekend  has been raised by the students.   To extend the space available to both classes for the exams, both the Auditorium and the Learning Studio in the Medical Education Building will now be made available for students taking weekend exams.  Students will be alerted to this change and cautioned that these two large rooms are the only areas in the MEB approved for taking exams.    This additional exam space will also be noted on the on-line examination introduction.

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