Minutes 09/13/00

Minutes 09/13/00

University of Virginia School of Medicine

Principles of Medicine Committee

Minutes 09.13.00

1:30 p.m., Jordan 3-31.

Present were: Robert Bloodgood, Bruce Cohen, Alfred Connors, Claudette Dalton, Carl Creutz, Wendy Golden, Barry Hinton, William Hobbs, Joel Hockensmith, Peter Holloway, Donald Innes (Chair), Robert Kadner, Howard Kutchai, Heidi Scrable for Kevin Lee, Jennifer McClune, Darci Lieb, David Moyer, Lucia Smerage, Virginia Taylor, Brian Wispelwey, Karen Grandage, William Petri, Allison Innes, Richard Pearson, Jerry Short, Eugene Corbett, William Wilson, Gary Owens, Susan Squillace, Monica Lobo, Mariecken Verspoor, Andy Darby, Atul Gupta, Joey Dubose

  1.  Fall Curriculum Committee Agenda - D Innes

    a) Course evaluation form for use in Fall 2000 - Bloodgood/Innes/Short - The course evaluation format proposed by Bob Bloodgood is now being reviewed by the Curriculum Committee. This form will be sent to the Course Directors for review within the next two weeks and will be implemented this year. Draft Course Assessment Form.

    b) LCME response - Most of the concerns expressed by the LCME at their last inspection have been addressed by the curriculum revisions now in place. A clerkship issue, yet to be resolved is being worked on by Bill Wilson and the Clinical Medicine Committee. Dr. Short is preparing a response to the LCME concerns before the end-of-year deadline.

    c) Clinical medicine year 3/4 options
    1) clerkship expectations defined, assessed, and direction plotted
    2) electives expectations defined, assessed, and direction plotted
    3) electives in years 3/4
    d) New & expanded programs
    1) Exploratory - An exploratory program for students to participate in an outside activity (community based) with faculty guidance is being discussed by the Curriculum Committee.
    2) Clinical Connection expansion - The four Clinical Connections for 2000-01 have been planned, the first will take place on 9/25/00. The goal is to expand these Clinical Connections to eight sessions and to include 4th year students as well.
    3) PoM-2 - The Curriculum Committee will be working with Drs.Wispelwey, as well as Gazewood & Bargman to connect ICM (PoM-2) to a logical progression.

  2.  Exam Policy Review - A Innes

    The exam policy is posted on the WEB at:


    Enforcement is the responsibility of individual course directors. Following this clear and consistent exam site policy should help with student compliance.

  3. Proposed schedule for 2001-2000 - A Innes

    In the proposed schedule for 2001-2002 classes begin on 8/27 for both first and second year students. The first semester exam week moves to Saturday 12/15 to Friday, 12/22. This start is approximately one week later than the 2000-01 year. Orientation for first year students will begin Wednesday (8/22).

  4. Medical Education Space Update - Genesis - J Short

    University Health Systems are negotiating purchase of the Genesis Building (formerly the Towers building). Dean Carey is attempting to obtain one floor of this building for medical student teaching space.

  5. Review & discussion of 1st & 2nd year Fall curriculum - D Innes

    One of the biggest problems in this years curriculum is enforcement of the 50 minute lecture hour. The Principles Committee was asked for suggestions on how to best enforce this rule. It was suggested that the WEB and printed schedules reflect the 50 minute lecture - ex. 9:00 a.m. start time, 9:50 a.m. end time. Other suggestions included having course directors talk to their faculty about the 50 minute lecture time, encouraging the lecturer to begin his talk promptly whether students are seated and quiet or not, and coaching the students to be in the lecture hall so class can begin on time, and limiting student announcements to the class to one or two brief announcements at the beginning of class. Another suggestion was to install a green/yellow/red warning device for lecturers.

  6. Information Technology in years 1 & 2 -IT competency - D Innes

    Reminder: As Course Directors review their courses, look at Information Technology and see how it can be integrated into the course. Contact Karen Grandage (924-0056) in the Health Sciences Library for assistance.

  7. Pursuing pass/fail grading - Kutchai

    Pass/fail versus letter grades for first and second year courses was discussed. Howard Kutchai proposed Pass/Fail grading for the first year only for a period of 5 years and then evaluate board scores and residency selection data. Data from other schools and a poll of fourth year students should be obtained before implementation of this grading system. A "task-force" or like group will be assembled to look into this. This may be done jointly with the Curriculum Committee. Changing the grading system at the present time raises some concern about measuring the effects of the curriculum revision implemented this year.

  8. The Committee decided that subsequent meetings should be scheduled on Wednesday afternoons at 1:30 in September, October, November, 2000, and January, February and March, 2001.
October 11th
November 8th
December 13th (hold open)
January 10th
February 14th
March 14th (hold open)
April 11th
May 9th (hold open)
June 13th (hold open) 

Minutes submitted by:
Donald J. Innes, Jr., M.D.
Date: 09/15/00