University of Virginia School of
Principles of Medicine Committee
January 10, 2001, 1:30 p.m., Jordan 1-17.
Present were: Eve Bargmann, Robert Bloodgood, Bruce
Cohen, Alfred Connors, Claudette Dalton, Carl Creutz,
John Gazewood, Wendy Golden, Barry Hinton, William Hobbs,
Joel Hockensmith, Donald Innes (Chair), Robert
Kadner, Howard Kutchai, Heidi Scrable, Jennifer
McClune, Darci Lieb, David Moyer, Lucia Smerage,
Virginia Taylor, Brian Wispelwey, Marcia Childress,
Karen Grandage, William Petri, Allison Innes, Richard
Pearson, Jerry Short, Eugene Corbett, William Wilson, Gary
Owens, Susan Squillace, Mariecken Verspoor, Vinay
Chandrasekhara, Atul Gupta, Joey Dubose, Guest: Elizabeth
- Elizabeth Bradley, Ph.D. was welcomed. She is working to define the
Internal Medicine predoctoral curriculum in conjunction with Eugene
Corbett. Her work will establish a predoctoral curriculum &
evaluation mechanism in the Div of Gen Med and the Dept of Med,
evaluate what is being done and make recommendations for improvement.
Special emphasis is upon AIM, palliative care & geriatrics.
- 2001-02 First and Second Year Schedule. Proposed schedules
for next year were sent to Committee members via e-mail prior to the
Barry Hinton asked that the Anatomy exams remain on a 3 per semester
basis and always be scheduled on a Monday with Anatomy classes
scheduled until Friday of the week prior to each exam. This gives the
students the weekend to prepare for the exams.
Darci Lieb requested that exams move from week 8 to week 9 in the first
quarter to better accommodate the ICM curriculum units.
Microbiology also uses the 3/semester exam schedule and when students
were polled in December, 96% of them expressed the desire to continue
with this exam schedule.
Poor lecture attendance in the days prior to the exams not in the
regularly scheduled exam periods was discussed.
The committee discussed the possibility of more frequent exams for all
classes and possibly creation of combined examinations. Integration of
the exams was felt to be a positive move in conjunction with the
proposed integration of the courses. Some members felt that exam
integration might be more suitable in second year rather than first.
Cell and Tissue and Physiology experimented with a combined exam for
their two courses this year with good results. The relative performance
on both sections was very similar to last years individual exam
results. All classes using the 3 exams/semester model was also
The committee will meet again next week, January 17, 2001, 1:30 p.m. in
Jordan 1-17 to continue discussion of the course and exam schedule.
Student members of the Principles of Medicine Committee should make
every effort to attend this meeting to provide input. The schedule will
be finalized after this meeting. We hope! See attached Religious/Ethnic
Calendar for Spring 2001. I am attempting to get a calendar for the
2001-2002 academic year.
- Course Director Mentorship. Course directors were asked to
share their knowledge and experience with new course directors. It was
suggested that a hand book be created with information course directors
need to efficiently run their courses. Allison Innes will be in contact
with current course directors to begin creation of a WEB-based
information sheet for this purpose.
- Course Assessment. The Curriculum Committee will begin the
review of the following courses:
- February 8th -- review of C&T (review
material* must be received by the Curriculum Committee by
- February 15th -- review of Anatomy (review
material must be received by the Curriculum Committee by 02.05.01)
- March 1st -- review of Biochemistry (review
material must be received by the Curriculum Committee by 02.19.01)
- March 8th -- review of Micro (review material must
be received by the Curriculum Committee by 02.26.01
- * 15 copies of any handout material are needed. The
Evaluation Report may be sent by attachment to email@example.com. We will
arrange distribution to Curriculum Committee members.
It is expected that the review process will take one-two weeks per
course. The Curriculum Committee would like to have these reviews
completed by April, 2001.
The most recent version of the self-assessment form will be e-mailed to
all course directors.
Bob Bloodgood reported on the initial test of the WEB-based student
evaluation which was piloted using the Cell & Tissue Structure
course this past Fall. The output from the evaluations is much easier
to read and the comments for the free-response questions are all
automatically collated. Since the data is all in digital form, it
should be useful for comparing courses and for tracking a single course
over multiple years. The web provides a useful way to disseminate the
evaluation results and even to import the results into a course
self-evaluation form, once that is also put on the web. The completion
of the evaluation will be coupled to the automatic e-mailing of grades
to the students. This helps ensure complete participation byt he
students. It is hoped that the site will be ready for use by all
courses for the Spring of 2001.
- Examination Policies. Many courses (Anatomy,
Pathology, Cell & Tissue, Biochemistry) reported that the exam
policies agreed on last fall by the committee regarding questions
during examinations, locations, question deletions, etc. worked very
well during the last examination period.
A letter from a student regarding question deletions was discussed.
Concern was expressed about the removal of questions from an exam after
grading resulting in a disadvantage to individual students. Course
directors were again urged to use the agreed upon exam policies. This
should eliminate such concerns.
- PoM-2 Design Group. The PoM-2 Design Group, chaired by Sue
Squillace and Brian Wispelwey has been meeting regularly and will
present their report February 1st to the Curriculum Committee.
- LCME Lecture Codes. Jerry Short distributed diskettes and
LCME keyword dictionaries to the Course Directors. Course Directors
were asked to assign LCME code numbers and/or keywords if unable to
find a relevant code number to each of their lectures and return to the
Office of Medical Education.
Minutes submitted by: Donald J. Innes, Jr., M.D. Date: 01/16/01.