University of Virginia School of
Principles of Medicine Committee
Jordan 1-17, 1:30 p.m.
Present: Eve Bargmann, Robert Bloodgood, Bruce Cohen,
Carl Creutz, Claudette Dalton, John Gazewood,
Wendy Golden, Steven Heim (Viktor Bovberg), William Hobbs, Joel
Hockensmith (Clive Bradbeer), Donald Innes (Chair),
Robert Kadner, Howard Kutchai, Kevin Lee, Heidi
Scrable, Darci Lieb, Julie Turner, Virginia Taylor,
Brian Wispelwey, Allison Innes, Jennifer McClune, Richard
Pearson, Jerry Short, Karen Grandage, Susan
Squillace, Gary Owens, William Petri, William Wilson, Marcia
Childress, Elizabeth Bradley, Shirin Ali, Lisa Coray, Alfa
Diallo, Dave Dougherty, Paul McIntosh, Nicky Rao, Ben Schalet,
Guests: Gretchen Arnold, John Jackson, Debra Reed
The first meeting of the Principles of Medicine Committee for the
2002-2003 academic year was held August 22, 2002. The discussion
focused on recent State budget constraints and the cost of course
1) No change - continue providing paper handouts free of
2) Provide the handouts in electronic form to be printed off by
3) Package the handouts per quarter; publish at UVA Copy Center
and sell at bookstore
Whatever policy adopted, it should be uniform among all the first
and second year courses.
Budget cuts make option 1 (no change) unlikely. Option 2 (web
based - printable handouts) would also not be a valid option for the
reasons outlined. The Health Sciences Library will begin immediately a
500 page per semester quota system with a “pay for print” system being
Option 3 (students purchase quarterly handouts) was discussed at
length. An October (2nd quarter) start date was discussed.
Copyright issues on a purchased handout and
those provided free of charge to the student were discussed.
Course directors were advised to ensure copyright was cleared
whether or not the handouts are sold to the students. Each lecturer
must take responsibility for ensuring proper copyright
clearance. The library maintains a website regarding copyright
Many ways to avert this budget problem were discussed. The
possibility of a 20-25% decrease in handout expenses from each
department by decreasing the size of the handouts and/or switching to a
lower cost copy center was suggested.
In discussion with Dean Garson and Associate Deans Innes, Pearson and
Short it was decided the best course of action, in light of the
potential severe budget cuts, was that each course must cut as much as
possible from the cost of handouts (20-30% reduction is expected in
this Fall’s handouts beginning ASAP). Handouts will remain free to
the students from now through December. All courses must plan for
packaged handouts beginning January 2003 that would be copied at a copy
center and sold at a bookstore. The final decision will be announced in
the context of other budget decisions in September.
The issue of the method and amount of financial support for the
undergraduate medical education program will be a major agenda item of
the Education Task Force of the Joint Planning Process.
- -Don Innes