Minutes 10/11/00

Minutes 10/11/00

University of Virginia School of Medicine

Principles of Medicine Committee

Minutes 10.11.00

October 11, 2000, 1:30 p.m., Jordan 1-17.

Present were:

Present were: Robert Bloodgood, Bruce Cohen, Alfred Connors, Claudette Dalton, Carl Creutz, John Gazewood, Wendy Golden, Barry Hinton, William Hobbs, Joel Hockensmith, Donald Innes (Chair), Robert Kadner, Howard Kutchai, Heidi Scrable, 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, Mariecken Verspoor, Vinay Chandrasekhara, Atul Gupta, Joey Dubose

  1. 50 minute lecture hour. Publishing 50 or 80 minute lecture hours on the combined course schedule and building in a 20 minute break when possible was discussed and approved. Dr. Short will adjust the times as appropriate.

  2. Information Mastery. Karen Grandage, Health Sciences Library Education Coordinator, addressed the group on Information Mastery. Medical education is a lifelong process requiring more than computer literacy. The Library encourages teaching of technology by integration within the Medical School curriculum as proposed by the AAMC Informatics Objectives at http://www.aamc.org/meded/msop/informat.htm .

    At present, the library provides a "Medical Student Bookbag" of links to useful sites, and has worked with PoM-1, Epidemiology, and Family Medicine to train students to use and develop strategies for Ovid/Medline, CDR, etc. Course directors were encouraged to look for practical and beneficial ways to integrate technology into their courses. Contact Ms. Grandage <kkg8n@Virginia.EDU>for help with implementation.

  3. Exam Policy. Joey Dubose, Mulholland president, presented a proposal from the Student Medical Education Committee (SMEC) regarding the examination policy. following discussion the following policy was adopted.

    Exams are administered only at the following sites: Jordan 1-5, Jordan 1-14, Old Medical School Auditorium, Classroom C-1, Jordan Front Laboratories, and the Jordan Conference Center (if available). Exams are not to be worked on outside these sites. Exceptions for reasons of compassionate need, disability, or illness are to be determined by the Office for Student Affairs.

    Consideration will be given to adding the library or portions of the library to the places for exam administration when current library renovations are finished.

  4. Further discussion of examination policies regarding the standardization of test question corrections. SMEC proposes that consideration of the validity of exam questions be made only after the exam is completed by all students. They recommend that professors leave an area on the front of the exam upon which students may write down their concerns about specific questions on each exam. Such concerns could then be addressed after the completion of the exam by the professor/course director.

    SMEC also suggested standardizing the role of professors DURING the exam. Some concern has been raised that while most professors are careful not to provide students taking the exam with any information that may change their answer, that (at least the impression exists among some students) approaching some professors during exams provides those students doing so an advantage on the test by way of less well guarded exchanges.

    Changes to individual questions on the exam (typos etc.) should be posted in specific exam locations clearly designated by each course director. Course Directors are encouraged to add an area on the front of their examinations for students to cite individual questions that they feel were ambiguous or had multiple correct answers.

    "in exam" test question correction, role of professors DURING the exam, and changes to individual questions will be placed on next months agenda for further discussion.

  5. Curriculum Self-Assessment form. - This format will allow for a consistent evaluation of all medical school courses as required by the LCME. Bob Bloodgood discussed the curriculum self-assessment form briefly. He is working with the Computer Committee to automate evaluation data and even examination data.

The next meeting will be 11/08/00 at 1:30 P.M.. in the JORDAN HALL - RM 117.

Minutes submitted by: Donald J. Innes, Jr., M.D. Date: 10/16/00