Minutes 10/13/04

Minutes 10/13/04

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Principles of Medicine Committee
Minutes
10.13.04

  1. Report from Dr. Christine Peterson on the first presentation of the Cells to Society course

    Cells to Society was presented for the first time on August 18-20, 2004 , to the entering Class of 2008.  It is designed to connect the patient to all other aspects of the Foundations of Medicine curriculum.  It was also intended to inspire and motivate students to learn the knowledge, skills, and values needed for the practice of scientific clinical medicine.  Some of the goals were to demonstrate to first year medical students how the care of a patient raises questions across multiple domains in addition to clinical medicine, especially biomedical science, society, culture and economics.  The course objectives were to introduce the University Of Virginia School Of Medicine “competencies required of the contemporary physician” and to introduce important learning experiences to include patient interaction, small group work, case based study, self directed learning, self reflection and consultation with experts.  After participation the student should be able to explain to peers at least one significant feature of diabetes in each of the areas of clinical, cells and society and to explain to peers at least one way in which a clinical feature relates to a “cells” feature and a “society” feature.  The Cells to Society evaluation of the course included 52% giving the course an A, 40% giving the course a B and 8% giving the course a C.  34% of the students thought that it was a great way to begin medical school, while 65% thought that it was good or nice and 1% said “not bad”.  This course will again be presented, using diabetes as the theme, in Fall, 2005, to begin the medical school curriculum.

  2. Exam schedules for second semester of the 1st year (Spring 2005) vs Memorial Day.

    Because this is the 2nd year that the Neuroscience final exam has fallen on Memorial Day, the Neuroscience course faculty has asked for a change to the final exam schedule for Spring 05 for the 1st year medical students.  The following table (see below) shows the currently planned schedule for the 3 exam periods in the 2nd semester (Spring 05, same as was used in Spring 04) along with two alternative plans for the last exam period (indicated in blue and red).  These alternatives were discussed.  Issues discussed included: 1) Neuroscience is the only course in this semester using a cumulative exam, 2) Physiology/CTS has consistently had the advantage of being the first exam (and the one for which the students had an entire weekend to study), 3) the fact that it would be optimum to have two study days before both the Neuroscience and the Physiology/CTS exams and 4) it seems tough on the students to have three exams in three days.  Although the Principles of Medicine Committee expressed a clear preference for the red alternative, it was decided that the course directors for the four courses involved in this exam schedule (Neuroscience, Physiology/CTS, Human Behavior and Medical and Molecular Genetics) should meet and make the decision among themselves.

     

    Sat

    Sun

    Mon

    Tues

    Wed

    Thurs

    Fri

    Sat

    Sun

    Mon

    Spring05 Exam 1

     

     

    Phys/ CTS

     

    Neuro

    Hum Beh

    Gene

     

     

     

    Spring05 Exam 2

     

     

    Phys/CTS

     

    Neuro

    Hum Beh

    Gene

     

     

     

    Spring05 Exam 3

     

     

    Phys/ CTS

     

    Hum Beh

     

    Gene

     

     

    Neuro

    Spring04
    Exam 3

     

     

    Neuro

     

    Hum Beh

     

    Gene

     

     

    Phys/ CTS

    Spring05 Exam 3

     

     

    Neuro

     

     

    Phys/CTS

     

    Hum Beh

     

    Gene


  3. Update on the Design Committee for the new Medical Education Building , especially as it relates to the 1st and 2nd year curriculum.

    The plan is for a building with 55,000 gross sq ft; this may result in as little as 40,000 net sq feet usable space.  The building is estimated to cost $ 25 million; thus far, the Claude Moore Foundation has donated $12.5 million, an anonymous donor has provided an additional $1 million and the Dean’s Office has committed $3 million.  The rest must be raised through development efforts.  The plan is for the building to be located in the garden between MR5 and the Nursing School and to be a gateway/entrance for the School of Medicine .  One of the major goals of this building is to house a major Simulation Center (mock OR, ER, ICU with patient simulators. 

    A Building Committee Retreat was held on September 25, 2004 , with consultants Shirley Dugdale and Claire Anspach.  The planning is based on the assumption that the medical class will grow to 160.  An important conclusion from the initial studies is that there will not be sufficient space in the new building for all the medical education needs and tough decisions will have to be made.  A few of the decisions that will have to be made:

    A.  Will there be a space consuming Atrium?
    B.  Will the building include services peripheral to medical education such as a Café, food court, social areas, exercise facility, student health satellite facility, etc.
    C.  Will the Dean’s Office be relocated to this building?
    D.  Should small group rooms be used for both small group discussion sessions and as examination rooms or should separate facilities be designed?
    E.  Should the same spaces be used for lab teaching and clinical small group and examination purposes?  (unlikely to be workable)
    F.  Should one or two auditoriums (for 1st and 2nd year medical student lectures) be built into this building?  Could 1st and 2nd year classes share one auditorium and what would be the impact on the curriculum?
    G.  Do we need a 300 seat auditorium in order to bring the two medical classes together for events?
    H.  Should auditorium space be tiered or flat.  The architects like the TEAL space concept (one space for multiple uses as auditorium, small group instruction space and study space).
    I.   Should any of the teaching lab spaces in Jordan Hall (Gross Anatomy labs; 2nd floor medical student teaching labs) be relocated to the new medical education building?

  4. The next meeting of the Principles of Medicine Committee will be held on Wednesday, November 10, 2004 , at 2:00 PM in Room 1-17, Jordan Hall.

             Agenda items for that meeting will include:

  1. Report on the Computer and Information Literacy Survey conducted by the Health Sciences Library (Ryan Looney and Ellen Ramsey).
  2. Further discussion of the new curriculum.  In preparation for this discussion, please carefully review the document on the Curriculum website entitled: Cells to Society: A Curriculum for Modern Medicine 2.2 .