University of Virginia School of
Curriculum Committee Executive Management Group
Minutes – 10/11/12
Pediatric Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.
Present (underlined) were: Peter Ham, Donald Innes (Chair), Keith Littlewood, Nancy McDaniel, Bart Nathan, Casey White, Mary Kate Worden Guest: Elizabeth Bradley Debra Reed (Secretary)
All University Teaching Awards. An open invitation to faculty, students, and staff to nominate faculty for teaching awards. Nominations are due by 5:00 pm on Monday, February 4, 2013 to Deidre Davie, P.O. Box 400304, Booker House. Please see the website at: http://trc.virginia.edu/Awards/ for complete information.
New Curriculum Committee Members selected. The three faculty members selected by the Faculty Senators of the School of Medicine for the at large Curriculum Committees positions are Steven Borowitz, M.D., Amita Sudhir, M.D. and Teresa Schlager, M.D. Twelve nominations were submitted to Dr Chris Holstege, who coordinated the election process by the 20 School of Medicine Faculty Senate members. These new members will joint the Curriculum Committee on 10/18/12 or as soon as their scheduling permits.
Notification has been received from Roanoke Carilion that they will no longer take UVA students beginning March 2013. Next year the VA Tech-Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute will have their own third and fourth years students on clinical rotations. UVA students may still be able to arrange electives at VA Tech-Carilion but these electives must be arranged by the individual student in the same manner as any other away elective. UVA students will continue to participate in clerkships at UVA, Salem VA, Bon Secours and Fairfax Inova.
- Class of 2014 Credits required for graduation.
The Curriculum Committee Executive Management Group unanimously
recommended approval of the following numbers of elective credits
needed for graduation.
34 Elective credits
4 credits for ACE
2 credits for DxRx (March 4-15, 2013)
4 credits for Medicine Selectives (2 2-week selectives)
4 credits for Surgery Selectives (2 2-week selectives)
2 credits for Psychiatry Selective
- Student Review of Summative Exam Question. Casey White
brought concerns raised by medical student, Daniel Luftig, to the
Committee regarding student review of summative exams when preparing
for Boards. The Committee reviewed a proposed student survey. The
general consensus was that survey would not be sufficient to sway the
opinion of faculty regarding a decision to allow/not allow summative
exam question review. Formative work, e.g. examinations, quizzes, work
sheets, etc. are designed to provide low stakes assessment with
feedback to allow “in-time” modification of learning – either by the
instructor or the learner. The formative MCQs are representative of
summative exam questions. All formative exam questions are available
for review and all practice questions from each system provided to the
students for study purposes. The purpose of the summative examinations
is different from formative examinations. Summative exams are designed
purely for evaluation – not for formative (study) purposes.
Summative exam questions will not be released to the students after the
System leaders will be reminded that summative exam questions are to be kept private. This should be consistent across MCM and all Systems. Summative exam questions are not to be released or shared with students.
- Neurology Clerkship Leadership. Dr. Karen Johnston,
Chair of Neurology, announced that the current Clerkship Director for
the Neurology clerkship, Priscilla Potter, will be retiring December
31, 2012. She nominated the current co-director, Guillermo
Solarzano, to assume the role of Clerkship Director on 1/1/13.
The Curriculum Committee Executive Management Group discussed Dr.
Guillermo’s qualifications and past success as codirector and
unanimously recommended approval of this nomination.
- System/Course Review. Elizabeth Bradley discussed the
newly designed system/course review document with the committee.
Much of the information requested in the document will be made
available to the system leaders by Elizabeth Bradley and/or through
Oasis reports. She asks for committee input on areas that need
improvement and/or to point out any areas that may not have been
covered. A few minor changes were pointed out by the
Committee – one typo – one missing competency listing – these will be
corrected and the document circulated to the entire Curriculum
Committee for approval. It was suggested that the questions
to be completed by the System/Course leaders be distinguished from
those where data will be provided by Elizabeth Bradley – perhaps
highlighted in blue to make the form easier to use.
- Graduation Questionnaire. Student comments gleaned
from a recent Graduation Questionnaire (SMD 2012) were
discussed. It was noted that this graduating class
was not a part of the NxGen Curriculum. Multiple comments
(~95 total) were received regarding:
Basic Science Weaknesses
Excessive detail/minutiae/esoteric/clinically irrelevant (25)
Lack of integration within science or clinical (15)
Biostatistic/Epidemiology weak (8)
Lecture style – no engagement or active learning (5)
Clinical Education Weaknesses
Away rotations poor or inconsistent quality of teaching (19)
Too little student involvement/accountability in patient care (18)
Lack of procedural skill education (15)
Too many learners/too few patients (10)
Poor clinical teaching (5)
Poor teaching/assessment of basic clinical skills (5)
Student evaluation process poor/subjective (5)
The Committee suggested comparative charts should be developed to look at year-to-year trends in the graduation questionnaire data. The above data is qualitative and the Committee will review the quantitative data as well.
- Future curriculum agenda items.
a) Proposal for History of Medicine thread
b) Transition course – leadership, curriculum, budget
c) Intersessions – leadership, curriculum, budget
Suggested activities for Intersession
Students bring an H&P to mentor and get feedback
Each student meets with mentor individually and in the groups of 6
(potential discussion items could include ethics)
Students meet with college deans
Sim Center team training
Basic science correlations (Genetics, pharm, etc.)
d) One-time CV/Pulmonary schedule change for 2013 (i.e. swap/involve renal? Videotaped necessary CV material prior to pulmonary)
e) Electives and Selective Requirements (obtain distribution data from Meg Keeley)
f) Leadership of Surgery selectives
g) Medical Education in the Art Gallery
h) formation of student groups for TBLs, Problem Sets, CPD, and SIM
Donald J. Innes, Jr., M.D.