Minutes 10/11/06

Minutes 10/11/06

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Principles of Medicine Committee

  1. Nancy Payne, MD, addressed the committee about professionalism education within the context of the 1st and 2nd year courses.  Dr. Payne(Pediatrics) is in charge of the Professionalism effort across the entire four years of the medical curriculum.

    Dr. Payne discussed professionalism and how we teach and assess professionalism.  She is currently focusing on the first two years and is looking at how professionalism can be taught within the context of the 1st and 2nd year courses. She would like to have every 1st and 2nd year course incorporate professionalism objectives into the course learning objectives.  She is using the National Board of Medical Examiners and American Board of Internal Medicine as resources to address what professionalism is.  The University of Virginia has adopted the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) list of professional behaviors, available on the web at: 

    Dr. Payne suggested that the following list of categories of professionalism (from the National Board of Medical Examiners) may be particularly useful for creating basic science course learning objectives:
    Honesty and Integrity
    Caring, Compassion and Communication
    Respect for Others
    Respect for differences
    Responsibility and Accountability
    Excellence and Scholarship
    Knowledge of and skills related to Professionalism

    Professionalism can best be critiqued in the 1st and 2nd year courses within the context of small groups or the laboratory setting.  Checklists and forms have been used by other schools and may be a possibility with the assessment of professionalism objectives.  

    One committee member pointed out that some medical students are afraid of confronting residents and attending faculty when they feel they have observed unprofessional behavior.  Students are encouraged to report such instances of unprofessional behavior to the Medical Student Advocacy Committee:

    Reports can be made anonymously or students can ask that any action be delayed until the student has completed a particular clerkship or until the student has completed all clerkships or until the student has graduated.

  2. Training in the use of the new Audience Response System (ARS) now in place in the 1st and 2nd year lecture halls in Jordan Hall was provided by Patrick Hartsfield and John Jackson from the Office of Medical Education.

    TurningPoint Technologies
    Currently Windows XP only, Mac version to be released in December
    Imports PowerPoint Presentations
    Can convert existing question slides
    Can create new multiple choice  or scaled question slides
    Will graph the polling responses
    Possible to download results into Excel files
    You can collect data anonymously or with identification of students

    Software & receivers installed in both Jordan 1-5 & Jordan 1-14
    Clickers were distributed to first year class; available for 2nd yr class.
    Has been piloted in Cell & Tissue Structure/Physiology
    Students reported to the LCME site visit team that they enjoyed its use
    Now open for use by all courses

    From a CD (available from medical education or from the Turning Point web site at:
    No need to enter license info for authoring presentations
    TurningPoint is a plugin to PowerPoint adding new menus
    You must open Turning Point and then import your PPT file (can not just double click on a PPT file)
    Before using a Powerpoint presentation in Turning Point, be sure to  "Reset" all questions or the entire session in order to remove data from prior use or testing of the questions.

    Anonymous or not?  Your Choice
    By default responses are anonymous
    Every clicker is identified with a student
    Participant lists can be loaded on presenter computer
    Tests or quizzes can be administered using this system
    All results can be saved

    For more information:

    Information about Turning Point is available on the web at: http://www.turningtechnologies.com/highereducationinteractivelearning-page

    Turning Point tutorials are available at: http://www.turningtechnologies.com/audienceresponsecommunity/tutorials-page

Robert Bloodgood