University of Virginia School of
Principles of Medicine Committee
May 8, 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)
- Review of First year schedule second half - where do we
stand? The first year students were polled regarding the suggestion
by some first year students that next year (2003) Neuroscience be
scheduled on one side of midterms and all of Genetics on the other side
of mid-terms. Results of the poll showed support fairly evenly divided
between this proposal and keeping the schedule as it was this year. The
2003-04 schedule will be similar to the 2002-03 schedule but this
proposal will be reexamined next year. The final version of the first
year spring schedule will be published soon.
2002-03 room reservations for the Jordan Hall auditoriums,
Jordan 1-17, Jordan Front Labs, Old Med School Amphitheater, MR5 annex,
and MR5 annex are being accepted May 13-July 1, 2002 on a first-come
- 1st Year Basic Science Refresher Course. A proposal from a
student, Nicky Rao, that basic science review sessions be held Saturday
mornings beginning sometime around Spring Break till May was discussed.
To make it organized, it would help to have a syllabus, formulate some
kind of notes and to identify faculty willing to volunteer their time.
Anatomy already gives an optional review session for second year
students with about 60 students attending. Course directors will
consider this proposal.
Faculty members are allowed to go to one of the testing centers and
review the USMLE exams. Anyone interested in doing this should contact
Jerry Short <jshort@Virginia.EDU> for more information. This
might help focus the material covered in the review sessions.
- 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) if these
rooms are available. Contact Jerry Shorts office (4-5839) to arrange
use of either of these rooms if implementation of the emergency plan
- Implementation of the Pass/Fail Grading System for years 1 &
2. A draft of the student survey which will be administered to
medical students in classes 2006 and 2007 as part of the assessment
plan for the grading change initiative was distributed. This surveys
data will be necessary to evaluate the success of the new grading
system. Because results may be published, the survey must be optional
and concern over student compliance was discussed. The committee agreed
that the survey should be kept short which would encourage student
compliance. Students should also be informed early on that results of
the survey will help assess and develop our educational program - to
create a better education for them and their successors. An addition to
the survey was suggested regarding the students participation in a
research or other scholarly activity.
- Curriculum Committee Course Reviews. The Curriculum
Committee will do long form comprehensive course reviews periodically
with a short form report due annually. Pathology and Pharmacology will
have comprehensive course reviews Fall, 2002.
Minutes submitted by: Donald J. Innes, Jr., M.D. Date: May 13,