Minutes 09/11/02

Minutes 09/11/02

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Principles of Medicine Committee

September 11, 2002, Jordan 1-17.

Present: Eve Bargmann, Robert Bloodgood, Bruce Cohen, Carl Creutz, Claudette Dalton, John Gazewood, Wendy Golden, Steven Heim, William Hobbs, Joel Hockensmith (Clive Bradbeer), Donald Innes (Chair), Robert Kadner, Howard Kutchai, Kevin Lee, Darci Lieb, Heidi Scrable, Virginia Taylor, Julie Turner, 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, Debra Reed (Secretary)

  1. Implementation of handout plan for January, 2003.

    It was reiterated that 1) each course must cut as much as possible from the cost of handouts (20-30% reduction is expected in this Falls handouts beginning ASAP), 2) handouts will remain free to the students from now through December, and 3) 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.

    Methods to decrease the rest of the Fall handouts by 20-30% were outlined. Decreasing font size, decreasing graphics size, slightly reducing page margins, and careful inspection of handouts to eliminate nonessential information were suggested.

    The Committee discussed the possibility of combining all first year handouts into one packet and all second year into another with the goal of decreasing overall cost to the students. Julie Turner, Debra Reed and Howard Kutchai were asked to collect information/bids for printing options from both inside copy centers and outside businesses for the first & second year course handouts. Microbiology has been using ALC, an outside vendor, with excellent results and prices.

    The possibility of implementing a student fee to cover the cost of handouts was discussed and could be pursued in subsequent years.

  2. Medical student teaching award. The Committee will explore establishing a teaching award for students who excel in teaching. The award would be based on recommendations from faculty and students and would encourage participation in the teaching electives. Expanding opportunities for students to participate in a teaching elective was discussed. Any course director who has not established a teaching elective for their course and would like to do so should contact the Electives Program directors (Clive Bradbeer, Meg Keeley or Liz Clarke). Selection of the award winner each year would be by members of the Principles Committee with extensive input from the students

    Virginia Taylor volunteered to chair a subcommittee to set guidelines for defining a teaching elective; should there be a single elective with multiple offerings or should each course have its own; determine how to best "advertise" the elective, and establish procedures for the award.

    Currently there are listed:
    Mulholland Curriculum Review and Report (arranged) 3401
    Evaluation of Physiology (arranged) 3402
    Teaching in the Anatomical Sciences - Human Gross Anatomy (arranged) 3403
    Teaching in the Anatomical Sciences - Cell and Tissue Structure (arranged) 3404
    Clinical Medical Science Teaching Elective (arranged) 3405
    Basic Medical Science Teaching and Research - Pharmacology (arranged) 3406

    Once clarified the "elective" will need to pass muster with the Electives Program directors (Clive Bradbeer & Meg Keeley).

  3. Student Directories. Contact Paul McIntosh <pmm3c@Virginia.EDU> to obtain hard copies of the Student Directories at a cost of $3.00. The directory is also posted on the web at http://medweb.student.virginia.edu/Directory/
-Don Innes