Minutes 11/10/04

Minutes 11/10/04

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Principles of Medicine Committee

  1. Jordan 1-14 in case of some emergency or malfunction in Jordan Hall.  It was pointed out the Old Medical School auditorium is now equipped with the usual projection equipment so that it can be used for medical school Powerpoint lectures.  This auditorium is seldom used and should be considered as an immediate backup in case of some emergency in Jordan hall or some malfunction in the 1st Year (Room 1-5) or 2nd Year (Room 1-14) lecture halls in Jordan Hall. |

  2. It was pointed out that the 2003-2004 basic Science Teaching Awards were recently awarded by the Class of 2007 to the following faculty who teach in the 1st year curriculum:

    Basic Science Lecturers
    -Dr. Clive Bradbeer
    -Dr. Wendy Golden
    -Dr. Barry Hinton
    -Dr. William Hobbs
    -Dr. Virginia Taylor Lyons
    -Dr. David Moyer

    Small Group Leaders
    -Dr. Sam Green
    -Dr. Barry Hinton
    -Dr. Virginia Taylor Lyons
    -Dr. David Moyer

  3. Ellen Ramsey, Educational Technology Coordinator for the Health Sciences Library gave a report on the Computer and Information Literacy Survey that the HSL administered to entering medical students in the Fall of 2004.   The major conclusions of this survey are:
    • Overall, the incoming students seem to be quite computer literate.
    • Nearly all students own their own computers, and most of them have relatively current machines.  61% owned a laptop PC at time of entry into medical school.
    • Despite their computer literacy, students tend to have a lack of experience with information seeking skills.
    • Student learning styles tended toward deep and strategic, rather than surface.  This result indicates that they are goal oriented, and strive for understanding, rather than doing just the minimum needed to get by.
  4. The document describing the new curriculum (now designated “Cells to Society”) had been distributed to the Principles of Medicine Committee and a wide ranging discussion of this plan occurred.  One feature of this new curriculum is that the absolute length of the 1st year will be increased by 4 weeks.  One of these weeks represents an additional week of vacation so that there will be two week-long Spring vacations, following the 1st and 2nd Spring exam periods.  It was suggested that an assessment be conducted to see the student opinions on this longer first year.  One committee asked: “What is the role for the new Basic Sciences for careers?”  and “What will be the role for basic scientists in Basic Science for Careers?”  It was pointed out that trying to incorporate some basic science into the Clinical Connections has not worked out well.  Seeing that the amount of time that will be available for the basic sciences will be reduced under the new curriculum, Bob Kadner asked the important question: “How do we choose what material to present?”  One approach is to ask 1st year students, but others pointed out that they may not be in the best position to know which of the basic science material will be of most value to them in the future.  An alternative approach is to ask 4th year medical students or residents to help decide what material to cut and what material to retain in the basic sciences.  The question was raised to how to further integrate the basic sciences.  Some initial steps towards integration were made at the time of the last curriculum reform (around 2000): these included: 1) integration of cell and Tissue and Physiology into a year long sequence and 2) Integration of the molecular biology portion of Biochemistry with the Medical genetics course to form a new Medical and Molecular Genetics course.  It was also asked: “How to further integrate basic science and clinical science.  While the cuts in time for the basic science courses may mean a decrease in clinical correlations, the new Basic Science for Careers course may be an opportunity for integration of basic sciences and clinical sciences.  The new position of Clinical Skills Educator was mentioned; this position will be piloted in the Medicine clerkship.

  5. The December meeting was canceled.  The next meeting of the Principles of Medicine Committee will be held on Wednesday, January 12, 2005, at 2:00 PM in Room 1-17, Jordan Hall.