Minutes 10/14/99

Minutes 10/14/99

University of Virginia School of Medicine

Principles of Medicine Committee

Minutes 10.14.99

October 14, 1999, 3:00 p.m.Jordan 3-31.

 The next meeting will be 10/14/99 at 3:00 P.M.. in the Cell Biology Library (Jordan 3-31).

Present were: Robert Bloodgood, Bruce Cohen, Alfred Connors, Claudette Dalton, Carl Creutz, Barry Hinton, William Hobbs, Peter Holloway, Donald Innes (Chair), Joanna Goldberg, Howard Kutchai, Kevin Lee, Andrew Lockman, Jennifer McClune, Jonathan Moreno, Christine Peterson, Marjorie Rein, David Waters, Brian Wispelwey, Wendy Golden, Allison Innes, Richard Pearson, Jerry Short, Marcia Childress, Eugene Corbett, Tony Tamburello, Mariecken Verspoor, Robb Williams, Andy Darby , Guests: Michael Iwanik, Virginia Taylor and Gabe Rios

1. Don Innes provided a brief update on the Curriculum Committees (CC) progress. The URL for the CC WEB site is:


 The Curriculum Committee has met with Susan Squillace from the Generalist Scholars Program, Gary Owens of the M.D./Ph.D. program, and Steve Borowitz regarding the Integrated Healthcare Information Management System (IHIMS). The Curriculum Committee is now working on the guidelines for management of the curriculum. A draft of the management proposal is included in the 10/7/99 CC minutes on the Web at:


2. Dr. Barry Hinton outlined the changes made in the Anatomy course this year:

 A. The Anatomy Department has authored their own Laboratory Dissection Manual, reducing the amount of student dissecting time by providing clear, concise instructions that focus on identifying major structures. One hour of lecture is followed by two hours of dissection. UVA faculty determines the content of the dissections, extraneous detail that consumed students time in the past is omitted and students are not asked to search for structures that are nearly impossible to find or take a significant amount of time to expose. Dr. Virginia Taylor expanded on the Lab Dissection Manual format. Radiographic images have been included in the Manual. These images are also available in a computer program in the HSC Library as well as in modules a student can install on his home computer. It is interactive and includes a quiz.

B. Clinical Cases have been incorporated into the Anatomy curriculum to demonstrate the clinical relevance of the anatomic material and increase student motivation and excitement for learning. Cases are written at the students level of clinical knowledge. Cases emphasize important anatomical relationships and how they will be utilized in the clinical setting. and provide an opportunity for small group discussion with the potential for small group presentations (MDPhD students do one presentation per month).

C. The Visible Human Project has been incorporated into their curriculum. Cross sections of human anatomy are printed, laminated and displayed in the laboratory. This did not add additional material - students are learning how to look at the existing material from a different perspective and fosters problem-solving abilities and understanding of three-dimensional relationships.

D. Michael Iwanik provided information about the Anatomy WEB site constructed this year. The site includes the course objectives, course schedule, examination policy, textbook and dissection equipment information, learning aids, faculty roster and information about How to study anatomy.

3. Gabe Rios from the Health Sciences Library demonstrated the MDConsult WEB site. To visit this site, you must register through the HSC Library WEB site. MDConsult is searchable and has 37 on-line full text reference books, 46 full text journals, drug information including updates, patient education, clinical topic tours, and a link to the CME center. Searches can be performed across all resources. The Library has purchased ten concurrent user licences. This is an expensive resource ($40,000-$60,000/yr) but if it continues to be well-received, will probably be expanded in the future to include more users. Students have complained about problems getting into the system with the 10 user licence limit.

The next meeting will be 11/16/99 at 3:00 p.m. in the Cell Biology Library (Jordan 3-31)

Minutes submitted by: Donald J. Innes, Jr., M.D. Date: 10/15/99