Minutes 12.06.12

Minutes 12.06.12

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee
Minutes – 12/06/12

Pediatric Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.

Present (underlined) were: Gretchen Arnold, Robert Bloodgood, Stephen Borowitz, Megan Bray, Donna Chen, Peter Ham, Donald Innes (Chair), John Jackson, Keith Littlewood, Nancy McDaniel, Selina Noramly, Bart Nathan, Theresa Schlager, Amita Sudhir, Linda Waggoner-Fountain, Casey White, Bill Wilson, Mary Kate Worden,  Courtney Chou,  Jeremiah Garrison,  Peggy Plews-Ogan (Guest), Debra Reed (secretary)

  1. Patient Safety & Quality (PS&Q).  Peggy Plews-Ogan outlined her progress on weaving patient safety and quality through the four years of the curriculum beginning with orientation. The goals are to establish a culture of PS&Q through communication, teams, and use of checklists; learn the basic science of PS&Q, e.g. human factors, systems thinking. New ways of using simulation, workshops, etc. and faculty development and the practice of PS&Q in the hospital – in clinics, ORs, and on the floors.

  2. Stabilizing Molecular & Cellular Medicine (MCM) and the Integrated Core Systems (ICS). The Committee discussed establishing a stabile environment for MCM and ICS to allow the leaders to concentrate on improving what we have now accomplished – improving LOs, questions, resources, better integrating basic science and clinical knowledge including CPD. Changes are planned for the sequence of CV, Pulm, and Renal. CV and Renal have made major changes this past year and Pulmonary needs focused work on their system. To be sure there are other aspects of the curriculum that need adjustments, but large scale reformatting must be thoughtfully planned with system leader input, identified resources, and support organization one to two year in advance of implementation. There are currently huge changes in the clerkship period centering on improved learning objectives, linking learning objectives to assessments, developing the assessments, and identifying resources. In addition clerkships are adjusting to a need for consistency on grading.

  3. Friday Forum Evaluation. The Friday Forum should remain but at decreased frequency. Two weeks could be summarized into one session. Other feedback would be via surveys, the CSL meetings and Dean’s town meetings. Policy should not be formulated at the Friday Forum. Suggestions for policy or policy change should be made to the System Leaders or to the Curriculum Committee for discussion and approval. 

    The concept of a “Friday Forum” for clerkship rotations was raised.


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