Minutes 09/20/01

Minutes 09/20/01

University of Virginia School of Medicine

Principles of Medicine Committee

Minutes 09.12.01

September 12, 1:30 p.m., Jordan 1-17.

Present were: Eve Bargmann, Robert Bloodgood, Bruce Cohen, Al Conners, Carl Creutz, Claudette Dalton, John Gazewood, Barry Hinton, William Hobbs, Donald Innes (Chair), Robert Kadner, Howard, Kevin Lee, Heidi Scrable, Darci Lieb, Julie Turner, Virginia Taylor, Brian Wispelwey, Wendy Golden, Allison Innes, Jennifer McClune, Richard Pearson, Jerry Short, Karen Grandage, Margaret Mohrmann, Susan Squillace, Gary Owens, William Petri, Joel Hockensmith, William Wilson, Marcia D. Childress, Elizabeth Bradley, Vinay Chandrasekhara, Atul Gupta, Nelle Linz, Debra Reed (Secretary), Guest: John Jackson

  1. Clocks in Jordan Hall Classrooms and Lobby. Some course directors have experienced problems with the clocks in the Jordan Hall auditoriums and lobby. Times on the various clocks were inconsistent. The clocks are now being synchronized manually and new clocks that will automatically synchronize with the Colorado Atomic Clock have been ordered.

  2. 10 Minute Past the Hour Start Time. Course directors in attendance noted that the 10 minute past the hour start time for course activities is working well.

  3. 2002-2003 First and Second Year Calendar. A calendar with proposed 2003-2004 start dates, exam dates, holiday schedule was distributed. See < http://www.med.virginia.edu/medicine/student-affairs/cal-02.html> While some of the courses felt that a week earlier start date would help to spread out their material, the Committee deemed it impractical for both students and faculty to begin earlier. It is recommended that negotiations take place between course directors if more time for any one course is necessary.

  4. Future Principles of Medicine Meeting Dates (01-02). All meetings begin at 1:30 p.m. in Jordan 1-17. Meetings denoted with (hold) may be cancelled at a later date due to lack of agenda items.

    October 10 (CANCELLED)
    November 14
    December 12 (hold)
    January 9
    February 13
    March 13th (hold)
    April 10
    May 8 (hold)
    June 12 (hold)

  5. On-line Testing System. John Jackson of ITC demonstrated and discussed the first test of the new on-line testing system. This is a WEB based method for course directors to prepare an exam (with or without pictures) for their students. Students take the exam via computer and scores are returned to the course director. Microbiology tested the procedure and gave their quiz last weekend with the new program. Problems with login scripts and cached material have been worked out. Feedback may or may not be available to the student regarding their correct or incorrect answers. This feedback can be available immediately after the exam or after everyone has taken the exam. Security issues remain a concern. It is possible to print what is on a computer screen even though the print function in the web browser has been enabled. The time limit on exams will deter printing of the exams by this method, however if feedback is available to the students, there will be no time limit on reviewing the feedback and copying would be feasible. Biochemistry will be the next course testing the system. Time in the curriculum available for such testing was discussed. It was not felt that the 15-30 minutes periodically required for such quizzes does not significantly reduce student study time. Traffic in the library for these quizzes may become a problem. After both the Microbiology and the Biochemistry tests are complete, more information will be available from the library.

NEXT MEETING NOVEMBER 14TH 1:30 p.m. in Jordan 1-17

Minutes submitted by: Donald J. Innes, Jr., M.D.