Minutes 11.10.11

Minutes 11.10.11

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Executive Management Group
Minutes – 11.10.11


Pediatric Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.


Present (underlined) were: Peter Ham, Donald Innes (Chair), John Jackson, Keith Littlewood, Nancy McDaniel , Bart Nathan, Mary Kate Worden


  1. Welcome and Announcements.  Members of the group were welcomed by Don Innes and purpose and duties outlined.  This group is charged with steering the Curriculum Committee - setting the agenda for strategic direction and general as well as day-to-day management of the curriculum. Major changes to the curriculum will be confirmed by the full Committee. This smaller group should be able to make decisions for the curriculum in a more timely fashion. The group will meet even if the chair or some of the members are not able to be present. 

    Members were selected based on either their position or as representatives from specific areas. 
    The terms of membership will be staggered initially – some two years, some three years to maintain group continuity.  Members will have the option of renewing their membership for one more term at the end of their term.   

    Clerkship and System Reviews will be performed by the Curriculum Committee.  The plan is for smaller groups of the Curriculum Committee to review specific clerkships, systems, and elective programs on a yearly basis to allow for monitoring of any recommended changes and additional action if needed.

    The Curriculum Committee Executive Management Group will meet weekly on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Thursdays of each month (except when holidays occur).  Members of this Executive Management Group will also attend the Curriculum Committee meetings on the 1st Thursday of each month.  There will be no meetings on the 5th Thursday of a month should they occur. Special meetings may be called or business handled by email.

  2. Eight-week clerkship rotations versus twelve-week interdisciplinary clerkship rotations. The purpose of creating these twelve-week blocks is to increase integration of disciplines and enhance continuity of patient care. Longer blocks of time for some clerkships is also made more feasible. The Group will need to make a decision on this by the end of 2011 so that time is available for implementation in the Oasis system.

    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.  It was noted that due to faculty schedules, maintaining consistent faculty throughout a student’s clerkship experience is usually not possible even in the current clinical environment. This twelve-week schedule does not alter the overall length of the entire clerkship experience.


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