a. Do we really need a two week vacation block in the Spring
of Year 1? [part of the new proposal]
b. Is there a need for the current 2 week exam period at the
end of Year 2 because of the cumulative nature of the exams. The
new proposal suggested reducing this exam period to one week. There was
feedback both pro and con.
c. An issue was raised about using additional afternoon time
in the curriculum. However, with the addition of one afternoon
per week in Semesters 2 and 3 for the new Exploratory program (if it is
indeed implemented), then there will be two afternoons a week scheduled
for virtually all of the first two years (remember that Gross Anatomy
uses one afternoon in semester 1 and PoM 1 and 2 use an afternoon in
Semesters 1‑4). Taken together, this means that two afternoons a
week would already been used for scheduled instructional
d. It was suggested that we do a survey of the faculty about
whether they would approve of starting the year earlier or ending the
year later than is currently the case (and if they liked neither, then
which one was less objectionable).
e. The issue was brought up about whether to start the 1st
semester of medical school earlier [thusfar the Team has primarily
discussed starting Year 1 later and/or starting Year 2 earlier than is
currently the case] and the impact this might have on Admissions. Bob
Bloodgood will broach this idea with medical admissions.
f. The suggestion was made to move epidemiology into Year 1
and/or to give it at an unusual time (afternoon?).
g. A number of possibilities were discussed for moving Year 2
material into Year 1. A concern was raised about moving
Immunology from Fall of Year 2 into the Spring of Year 1 because the
same faculty may end up teaching in a graduate immunology course at the