Minutes 04/13/05

Minutes 04/13/05

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Principles of Medicine Committee

  1. LCME self study and accreditation process:
    Gregory Hayden & Addeane Caelleigh gave a presentation on the LCME accreditation process (which occurs every 8 years) and the compilation of a large educational database and the institutional self-study that will precede it.  Self-Study committees for each of the five categories of standards will meet from September, 2005, until January, 2006.  A Steering Committee will then synthesize the material from these five committees.  The LCME site visit will occur in October, 2006.

  2. 4th Year Medical Student Teaching Awards:

    Virginia Taylor reported on this year’s medical student teaching awards.  March 10th was the deadline for applications.  There were 5 applications (3 for teaching in Gross Anatomy and 2 for teachjng in PoM2).  The committee decided to give a single award this year (the 2nd year of the awards program).  The winner is Kalani Olmstead, who showed superior performance in a 4th year teaching elective in Gross Anatomy.  She will receive a $100.00 cash prize and a Jefferson Cup.  Dr. Taylor has completed her two year term as Chair of the awards committee (which is composed of four faculty and four medical students).  We are seeking a volunteer to chair the awards committee for the next two years.

  3. Information Management and Critical Thinking (IMCT) research study:
    Karen Knight asked if there was any 1st year basic science course that would allow her to add a group of questions to their final exam so that the next phase of data for the IMCT could be collected.  She was hoping to obtain full participation by the 1st year class by coupling the next part of the study to a final exam.  Neuroscience course volunteered to help.  However, it was subsequently confirmed that there is an IRB requirement that such data collection be voluntary on the part of the medical students.  So it was decided not to take this approach of collecting data for the IMCT study.

  4. Update on the Medical Education Building :

    Bob Bloodgood gave an update on the status of the Medical Education Building Committee and distributed two handouts.  One was a chart outlining how fluid the plans for the building have been of late.  The plans have shifted between five floors and six floors.  Plans for small group teaching spaces have been removed from the building and the plan is to put these in the Health Sciences Library.  As of the last meeting of the Education Building Committee (March 24th), the budget for the building is $30 million.  This is expected to pay for 62,500 gross square feet of space, which is expected to translate into 37,500 net square feet of space.  The second handout was a memo (dated March 15, 2005 ) sent to Dick Pearson and the Education Building Committee from faculty representing the CTS/Physiology (Bob Bloodgood), Pathology (Don Innes),  Physiology/CTS (Howard Kutchai) and Microbiology (Julie Turner) courses.  The memo made a number of specific recommendations regarding the new Medical Education Building and recommended that top priority in the new building be given to:

     1.  Small group teaching spaces,
     2.  Adequate space for the Simulation Center and for Clinical Skills training,
     3.  A single innovative, large group teaching space
     4.  Modern facilities for laboratory teaching.

    The group argued that there was not sufficient space in the new building to house two large group teaching spaces and that one of the existing lecture halls should (after renovation) be utilized as the other large group teaching space.

  5. Follow-up on request from 1st year students to change the final examination schedule for Spring 05.

    At the last Principles of Medicine Committee meeting, a group of 1st year students had asked for a change in the final exam schedule so as to complete the final exams 3 days ahead of the current schedule and to avoid taking an exam on Memorial Day.  It was agreed to poll the 1st year class to see how many students objected to this change.  David Lunardini sent an e-mail to the class asking that anyone who objected should e-mail Bob Bloodgood.  20 students responded with a range of concerns regarding the proposed change that included:  1) short notice of the change, 2) compressing the exam schedule would reduce by several days the time allowed for study for the exams, 3) an exam would be given on graduation day, 4) having Saturday and Monday exams would make it difficult for students to participate in religious observances, 5) the feeling that starting the summer Holiday three days earlier would not make any significant difference compared to possible consequences on exam performance.  Based on these concerns, it was decided not to change the final exam schedule for the 1st year class, which will be:

    Friday 5/20- Classes until noon
    Monday 5/23- Neuroscience exam
    Wednesday 5/25- Human Behavior exam
    Friday 5/27- Medical and Molecular Genetics Exam
    Monday 5/30 (Memorial Day) - Physiology/CTS exam

  6. Consensus was reached on only a few changes to the course and faculty evaluations: A) John Jackson has removed the term “greatest” from the various questions such as “greatest strengths” and “greatest weaknesses” and B) John Jackson and staff will work to implement a system whereby faculty pictures will be tied to the individual faculty evaluations.

Next meeting:  Wednesday, May 11th at 2:00 PM    Main topic: Pass-Fail Grading

Bob Bloodgood