Minutes 04/09/03

Minutes 04/09/03

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Principles of Medicine Committee

April 9, 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, Debra Reed (Secretary)

  1. International Association of Medical Science Educators. The next meeting of IAMSE is July 19-22, 2003 in Washington, D.C. Anyone interested in attending may contact Don Innes or the IAMSE website <www.iamse.org> for registration information.

  2. First and second year 03-04 schedules. The second year course directors met to work on the 03-04 schedule. Subsequent changes will be worked out between course directors. The examination schedule and sequence is still being considered. The first year course directors were asked to submit their 03-04 schedule to Debra Reed no later than 5/15/03.

  3. Flexible exam time proposal. Second year course directors discussed the proposal for flexible exam times and decided that the exam times should remain fixed. The schedule has been optimized for maximum time between exams for study. There are also concerns about exam security and time commitments of faculty and staff. The first year course directors in attendance noted that their morning exams have already been moved to 9:00 a.m. from the earlier 8:00 a.m. start time. They also note that some of the first year courses have laboratory portions of their exams which would prohibit extended testing periods. It was concluded that exam times should remain fixed for both 1st and 2nd years.

    Some students have requested a change in the sequence of the second year final exams - May 2003. While a change for this year is not feasible, the sequence for 03-04 will be discussed by the second year course directors and possibly revised.

  4. Tuition increase & handouts. Handout costs are to be covered by student tuition. The logistics of departmental reimbursement have not been revealed but information should be forthcoming from the Dean's office.

  5. Decade Plan. The School of Medicine Decade Plan will be made public over the next few weeks. Members of the Principles of Medicine Committee will be involved in the planning and implementation phase of the proposals.
-Don Innes