Minutes 12.18.03

Minutes 12.18.03

Curriculum Committee Minutes 12.18.03

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Curriculum Committee

Surgery Conference Room, 4:00 p.m.                       

Present (underlined) were: Reid Adams, Eve Bargmann,  Robert Bloodgood,  Anita Clayton,  Gene Corbett, Carl Creutz,  Donald Innes (Chair),  Vern Juel, Howard Kutchai, Chris Peterson, Jerry Short, Linda WatsonBill Wilson, Brian Wispelwey, John Bell,  Sarah Jones, Maria Meussling, David Shonka, Guest:  Bruce CohenDebra Reed (secretary)

  1. Professionalism Curriculum Development.  A core group, John Gazewood, Jennifer Wenger, Marcia Childress, Randolph Canterbury and Don Innes will meet after the holidays (January 12) to begin developing/evaluating professionalism in the curriculum.  It was suggested that a hospital/HIPPA representative be included.

  2. Development Teams - Progress Report.  The curriculum development teams will be asked to provide a brief report on their progress by January 5, 2004.  Each team should provide 2-5 Powerpoint slides to Don Innes at that time.

  3. Clinical Medicine Committee/Curriculum Committee Retreat.  A retreat is being planned for Saturday, January 31, 2004 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in Jordan Hall Classrooms 2A, 2B, and 2C.  More information will follow.

  4. Principles of Medicine Committee/Curriculum Committee Retreat.  A retreat is being planned for Thursday, February 5, 2004 from 12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m. in Jordan Hall Classrooms 2A, 2B, and 2C.  More information will follow.

  5. Introduction to Psychiatric Medicine Self-assessment. Bruce Cohen presented an excellent report describing and assessing the course. He provided an overview of the course and assessment data from student and faculty evaluations. The information was critiqued. Summary assessments will made. Following a discussion the committee will communicate a response to Dr. Cohen. 

    Dr. Cohen outlined the primary goals of the course - to help the student gain both a factual understanding of mental disorders and gain clinical skills necessary to diagnose and treat these conditions. The course attempts to give students a “send of how to think like a psychiatrist.”  The course takes advantage of three different methods of learning – background readings, lectures/lecture handouts and clinical laboratory sessions.     Students do well on the mental health section of their board examinations. 

    There are 10 clinical laboratory small group sessions – two paper cases and eight interview/case presentations.   Students have recently complained of too many small group sessions, however, Dr. Cohen felt that at least 8 cases are necessary for each student in the small group to present a patient.    Dr. Cohen noted minimal overlap between the Human Behavior course, Introduction to Psychiatric Medicine and the Psychiatric Medicine Clerkship.  He believes his course prepares the student for the Psychiatric Medicine Clerkship.  Dr. Short noted that the student evaluation scores for the course have risen dramatically in the last ten years. 

    The addition of web related materials to the course was discussed.  Linda Watson had some interesting ideas on increasing availability of course material on the web and will work with Dr. Cohen to expand the site.

    Integrated with POM2 was discussed.  There is already a sampling of Psychiatric Medicine material in the POM2 cases but this could be expanded further.  Further integration with Pharmacology was also suggested.

  6. Information Management and Critical Thinking Design and Development Team Progress Report.  (Linda Watson)  Linda Watson updated the Committee on the team’s membership and progress.  The team has identified key issues and will further develop the recommendations.

Donald Innes