Minutes 4/10/02

Minutes 4/10/02

University of Virginia School of Medicine

Principles of Medicine Committee

Minutes 04.10.02

April 10, 2002, Jordan 1-17.

Present: Eve Bargmann, Robert Bloodgood, Bruce Cohen, Al Conners, Carl Creutz, Claudette Dalton, John Gazewood, Barry Hinton, William Hobbs, Joel Hockensmith, Donald Innes (Chair), Robert Kadner, Howard Kutchai, Kevin Lee, Heidi Scrable, Darci Lieb, Julie Turner, Virginia Taylor, Brian Wispelwey, Wendy Golden, Allison Innes, Jennifer McClune, Richard Pearson, Jerry Short, Karen Grandage, Susan Squillace, Gary Owens, William Petri, William Wilson, Marcia Childress, Elizabeth Bradley, Vinay Chandrasekhara, Alfa Diallo, Dave Dougherty, Nelle Linz, Paul McIntosh, Debra Reed (Secretary)

  1. Pass/Fail Grading for Years 1 and 2. The Dean's Executive Group met Tuesday March 26, 2002. Following a healthy discussion of the issues for and against a P/F system a consensus was reached to put in place a "Pass with Distinction."

    "Pass"/"Fail" system for years 1 & 2. The Dean approved of a 20% delineation for "Pass with Distinction".

    In summary, "Pass with Distinction" will be earned by the top 20% of the class and will be determined at the end of the second year based on all work in the first two years. Each course during years 1 & 2 will grade - Pass or Fail. At the end of the second year the upper 20% of the class may be designated as Pass with Distinction.

    This system will allow AOA selection (6 people) at the end of the second year, with the remainder (a total of 17% of the class) at the end of the third year. We will also identify not only students who "Fail" but also those in the bottom 10% who may need counseling and special assistance. Special attention will be paid to students who consistently fall into the bottom 10%. Early intervention will be provided through Student Affairs.

    School of Medicine Graduation requirements:

    Info regarding USMLE:

  2. Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE).(Allison Innes). The LCME has implemented a new format for the student performance evaluation (formerly the Deans letter) to be included in the residency application packet. The quality of student evaluation is becoming a major LCME focus. The students transcript and recorded evaluations should allow a clear and forthright picture of the student. Comments from the PoM1 and PoM2 course tutors will be included on this form along with those from the clerkship evaluations. Narrative comments regarding each student will be nearly impossible to obtain from the other first and second year courses due to the size of the classes. Our responsibility is to make sure the performance evaluations accurately assess each student.

  3. Medical Education Building. An architect has been retained to begin initial work on the plans and cost estimates for a medical education building. The proposed building would include lecture halls, small group space, laboratory space and medical education office space.

  4. Evacuation of Jordan Hall. In the event of a bomb threat, backup sites for classes and exams will be McKim (for the first year) and the Old Medical School auditorium (for the second year). 

Minutes submitted by: Donald J. Innes, Jr., M.D. Date: April 11, 2002