Minutes 5/8/02

Minutes 5/8/02

University of Virginia School of Medicine

Principles of Medicine Committee

Minutes 05.08.02

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)

  1. 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 first-served basis.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 becomes necessary.

  4. 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.

  5. 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, 2002