Minutes 02.12.03

Minutes 02.12.03

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Principles of Medicine Committee

February 12, 2003, Jordan 1-17.

Present: Eve Bargmann, Robert Bloodgood, Bruce Cohen, Carl Creutz, Claudette Dalton, John Gazewood, Wendy Golden, Steven Heim, Barry Hinton, William Hobbs, Joel Hockensmith (Clive Bradbeer), Donald Innes (Chair), Robert Kadner, Howard Kutchai, Kevin Lee, Darci Lieb, Heidi Scrable, Virginia Taylor, Julie Turner, Brian Wispelwey, Allison Innes, Jennifer McClune, Richard Pearson, Jerry Short, Karen Grandage, Susan Squillace, Gary Owens, William Petri, William Wilson, Marcia Childress, Elizabeth Bradley, David Dougherty, Paul McIntosh, Chistopher Gisler, Lauren Brodsky, Debra Reed (Secretary)

  1. Medical Student Teaching Award. (Virginia Taylor) The Medical Student Teaching Award has been established. Recipients will be selected by a panel made up of two preclinical faculty members, two clinical faculty members and two representatives from the Mulholland society. Virginia Taylor will oversee the selection of the panel representatives. The first recipient will be chosen in the academic year 2003-04. If funding is available, an actual award, such as a Jefferson Cup/Plaque will be purchased. A ceremony to present the award will be planned and the winner of the award will be listed in the graduation program.

  2. Pass/Fail/Honors starting with class of 2007. Pass/Fail/Honors grading system will begin this 2003-04 academic year for first year students. Second year courses will begin using the system in 2004-05. Honors will be determined at the end of the first two years and will not be associated with any particular course but with all course grades taken into consideration. Students should still receive timely exam/quiz grades and histograms of grade distribution for comparison so they know their general standing in the class. Course directors will also send final numerical grades and histogram to Student Affairs for determining the Honors designation and if necessary remediation. Transcripts will show only the Pass/Fail/Honors grade. Dr. Short will look into the possibility of the WEB based grade distribution software including a feature to expedite transmission of the histogram to students.

  3. Student proposal for exam schedule. (Lauren Brodsky) Lauren Brodgsky presented a proposal to allow each student to take their exam at the time of day they believed would optimize their performance. They suggest that complex cognitive functions peak in the morning, making it an optimal time to be taking an intense exam. The proposal is that students should be able to choose either a morning or afternoon time slot to take an exam, depending on their personal Circadian rhythms. Course directors will determine if this is feasible in their courses and report back to the Committee at the next meeting. Each course will endeavor to provide as flexible a schedule as possible. Problems with faculty/administrative time, space, practical exams, and optimization of time between exams were discussed.

  4. Schedule for 2003-2004 academic year. The second year course directors met this week and will keep the 2003-04 schedule similar to the 02-03 schedule. Exam rotation/scheduling will be modified.

    Bob Bloodgood will be contacting Fall first year course directors to begin the process of creating the 03-04 schedule. Howard Kutchai will lead the Spring course directors in creating that schedule.

  5. Overview of Decade Plan as applied to Medical Education with focus on:

    Improved integration of the basic sciences and clerkships including course revision/creation in "years 1-3"
    Teaching some basic sciences in Years 3/ 4 as a part of the BSC (Basic Science for Careers) concept

    CURRICULUM ENHANCEMENT - Integrate within/between UME, GME and CME
    Course revision/creation:
    Information Mastery
    Foundations of Medicine
    Integrative Core Principles of Medicine
    Basic Science for Careers
    Career Practice
    Clerkship competencies - knowledge, professionalism, skills, duty
    Redefine GME process: duty hours and competencies
    Simulation Curriculum and Center
    Joint degree access

    Research in Medical Education
    Recognize excellence - Harrison Scholars Program *
    Teach the Teachers program

    COMPENSATE FACULTY - Rewards & Incentive System
    DATABASE FOR EDUCATION - combined UME/GME/CME (student/resident /faculty)

    * funding not part of operational budget

  6. Course directors should remind faculty to begin and end lectures on time, and provide breaks. Students are also reminded to arrive on time for lectures/laboratories.
-Don Innes