Minutes 02/17/00

Minutes 02/17/00

University of Virginia School of Medicine

Principles of Medicine Committee

Minutes 02.17.00

3:00 p.m., Jordan 3-31

Present (underlined) were: Robert Bloodgood, Amy Bouton, Bruce Cohen, Alfred Connors, Claudette Dalton, Carl Creutz, Barry Hinton, William Hobbs, Peter Holloway, Donald Innes (Chair), Joanna Goldberg, Howard Kutchai, Kevin Lee, Andrew Lockman, Jennifer McClune, Jonathan Moreno, Christine Peterson, Virginia Taylor, David Waters, Brian Wispelwey, Wendy Golden, Karen Grandage, Joel Hockensmith, William Petri, David Moyer, Allison Innes, Richard Pearson, Jerry Short, Eugene Corbett, Monica Lobo, Tony Tamburello, Mariecken Verspoor, Robb Williams, Andy Darby

  1. A copy of the "CTS Course Self Evaluation - 1999" was distributed. Members were asked to review and provide feedback. A self-evaluation similar to this one may become the template for the formal course evaluations which would be reviewed by the Principles of Medicine Committee or the Clinical Medicine Committee and ultimately by the Curriculum Committee These evaluations will also encourage communication between the courses.

    Bob Bloodgood discussed the CTS Course Self Evaluation. The CTS Course Self Evaluation contains 1) grading report from 1999; 2) CTS schedule for Fall, 1999; 3) analysis of the new initiatives/changes made in the Fall, 1999 course along with outcomes and course director recommendations; 4) List of suggestions received from 1st year medical students and CTS faculty during the course of Fall 1999 course; 5) Student evaluations - numerical data and collated answers to 5 questions; 6) medical school curriculum changes for 2000-01 - revised 1st year medical curriculum and implications of the revised 1st year curriculum for CTS; 7) proposed schedule for CTS/Physiology combo for Fall 2000; 8) list of CTS lectures and labs to be coordinated with Physiology in Spring 2001; and 9) draft schedule for combined physiology/CTS for Spring 2001.
    Bob Bloodgood outlined changes instituted in CTS for fall 1999:
    1. 35% less lecture hours;
    2. Schedule only two events per day (ie. Lecture & Lab);
    3. Self Study Portion of the Course;
    4. Development of a CTS Web Site;
    5. Development of Multimedia Handouts on the Web Site;
    6. Introduce Laserdisk Players and Bar Code Readers into Lab;
    7. Video Microscopes and Laserdisc Players available 24/7;
    8. Rewrite Lab Manual to incorporate Bar Codes for Images;
    9. Promote use of a CTS Newsgroup (A Total Failure)

    As a model for course and clerkship evaluation the format would include:
    1. The purpose, goals and objectives of the course
    2. Course schedule
    3. Grading report from current year (XXXX)
    4. Analysis of a) Initiatives, b) Outcomes and c) Recommendations
    5. Evaluative and Outcome data including complilation of suggestions from students and faculty regarding the course; test scores; student performance data; student evaluations of course - numerical data and collated responses
    6. Proposed initiatives for next year (YYYY)
    7. Summary
    This assessment would be reviewed by the Principles Committee and forwarded to the Curriculum Committee for final review and approval. Such reports should provide a record of our progress and accomplishment in the curriculum. This documentation will greatly assist with LCME reviews.
    Excerpted from the CTS Review...

    Structure last part of course as self-study
    Seven self study lecture
    Seven self study labs
    Three review sessions


    Students requested lectures in all topics
    Students generally liked self study labs
    Students felt new kind of handout needed


    Eliminate self-study lectures
    Retain self-study labs
    Provide multimedia web handouts


    Development of a CTS Web Site


    Much positive feedback. Rated as 3.90/4.00 in student evaluations.
    Accessed 16,209 times during Fall 1999 course


    Continue to use the Web site as major component of the course. Continue to develop the web site

    Mid Course Change:

    Development of Multimedia Web Handouts


    Several of these were developed midcourse due to student feedback that new types of handouts were needed to accompany the self study part of the course. They were extremely popular based on e-mail feedback and student evaluation forms.


    Develop multimedia web handouts for all topics in course.

    Plans for 2000-01 CTS Course
    Return to Lectures on All Topics Covered
    Retain Self Study Labs for Part of the Course
    Integrate the CTS and Physiology Courses
    Extend over both semesters
    Cell Physiology moved into Fall
    Organ System Histology moved into Spring



    Web based evaluations versus the traditional paper questionnaire was discussed. Dr. Short noted that on web based (annonymous) evaluations, statistics show that only about 40% of the students participate. When students are required to give their name, closer to 100% participation is observed.

  2. A draft of the proposed first year schedule for both Fall and Spring, 2000-2001 was distributed. Meetings will be scheduled for both Spring Course Directors, (Robert Bloodgood, Wendy Golden, William Hobbs, Howard Kutchai, Kevin Lee, Joel Hockensmith) and Fall Course Directors (Barry Hinton, Virginia Taylor, Peter Holloway, Eugene Corbett, Steve Meixel, Robert Bloodgood, Joel Hockensmith) to make final adjustments to the schedule. Course directors were asked to search for ways to "lighten up" the Fall schedule and to be alert for hours scheduled versus hours needed for individual course activities.

The next meeting will be Tuesday March 14, 2000 at 3:00 p.m. in the Cell Biology Library (Jordan 3-31).

Minutes submitted by: Donald J. Innes, Jr., M.D.
Date: 02/17/00