Minutes 12/11/02

Minutes 12/11/02

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Principles of Medicine Committee

December 11, 2002, Jordan 1-17.

Present: Eve Bargmann, Robert Bloodgood, Bruce Cohen, Carl Creutz, Claudette Dalton, John Gazewood, Wendy Golden, Steven Heim, William Hobbs, Joel Hockensmith (Clive Bradbeer), Donald Innes (Chair), Robert Kadner, Howard Kutchai, Kevin Lee, Darci Lieb, Heidi Scrable, Virginia Taylor, Julie Turner, Brian Wispelwey, Allison Innes, Jennifer McClune, Richard Pearson, Jerry Short, Karen Grandage, Susan Squillace, Gary Owens, William Petri, William Wilson, Marcia Childress, Elizabeth Bradley, Paul McIntosh, Chistopher Gisler, Debra Reed (Secretary)

  1. Teaching Elective/Teaching Award Subcommittee Report. (Subcommittee members: Virginia Taylor, Robert Bloodgood, Howard Kutchai, Julie Davis Turner) Virginia Taylor outlined the subcommittee's findings/proposal. The goals of this subcommittee were to set the guidelines for a 4th year teaching elective and establish a teaching award for students participating in the 4th year teaching elective.

    4th Year Teaching & Curriculum Development Electives

    There are currently six electives under the category "Medical Education.Using the current listing format, the number of electives would continue to grow as additional courses established their own medical education elective. The subcommittee believes this could be simplified by creating three elective categories Mulholland Curriculum Review and Report; Basic Science Teaching and Curriculum Development and Clinical Medical Science Teaching. The Basic Science Teaching and Curriculum Development would include the current basic science teaching electives and any future electives that fit in this category.

    Draft of course description for Basic Science Teaching and Curriculum Development

    The goals and objectives of this elective are to:
    A. Provide a teaching experience in the basic sciences for students
    B. Allow a student to reinforce their knowledge in a particular subject area, while gaining valuable teaching experience.
    C. Utilize the clinical knowledge and experience of 4th year medical students to help assess and improve the basic science courses.

    The experience will be tailored to the interests of the individual student and may include any combination of the following activities:

    Teaching - may include but is not limited to: laboratory teaching, individual or group tutorial sessions, presentation of clinical correlation(s), conducting exam review sessions.

    Curriculum Development - may include but is not limited to: writing exam questions, revising handouts, drafting review material, preparing clinical correlations and/or case studies, writing/revising MMDB quiz questions, website development.

    Curriculum Assessment - may include but is not limited to: attending and critiquing lectures/labs, evaluating course websites, assessing handouts/lab manuals, critiquing exams, evaluating the integration of the chosen course with other basic science courses and/or clinical courses.

    Students are expected to prepare a written report that summarizes their activities during the elective and contains specific feedback relating to curriculum assessment tasks. Students who participate in this elective are eligible for the Medical Student Teaching Award.

    The number of weeks for each individual elective would be determined by the supervisor of the elective with a minimum of 2 weeks and maximum of 8 weeks.

    The subcommittee was asked to work with the Electives Board and Student Affairs to determine how best to expand the elective offerings under the heading Basic Science Teaching and Curriculum Development and how to publish these offerings on the WEB for this coming year.

    Medical Student Educator Award

    Any student that participates in the Basic Science or Clinical Science teaching electives (proposed electives 3402 and 3403) will be eligible for the Medical Student Teaching Award. One award will be given each year to a student who demonstrates excellence in performing the activities of the teaching elective. The award will consist of an engraved Jefferson cup. In addition, the winner's name will be engraved on a plaque (containing the names of previous award winners) that will reside in the Mulholland Society Lounge.

    A committee of four faculty members (Basic Science and Clinical Faculty) and four medical students (members of the Student Medical Education Committee) will judge the eligible applicants. Applicants will be required to submit

    a written report summarizing their elective activities
    additional supporting materials if applicable (e.g. educational resources they designed)
    the names of faculty and students who witnessed the candidate's teaching

    The committee will solicit feedback about each applicant from the relevant faculty and students to help them make their decision. We believe that the award should be presented at the Graduation Ceremony if possible.

    The award will be advertised in the elective listings for 3402 and 3403. A link from these pages would lead to a webpage describing the award. In addition, current 4th year students suggested we send out an email to 3rd year students to "announce" the award.

  2. Student Research Day has been scheduled for October 29, 2003. The program will begin with Medical Center Hour and continue throughout the afternoon. This event is being organized by Erik Hewlett and Quirine Lamberts. The Committee agreed that no classes would be scheduled the afternoon of October 29, 2003, including no PoM-1 and -2 small groups.

  3. On-line Testing and Quizzes. John Jackson explained that when quizzes are designed, course directors may select where the quiz can be taken. Course directors may designate where the students are allowed to take the quiz or exam to any or all of the following - the Health Sciences Library, anywhere on grounds and off-grounds.

    Users encounter very few if any problems using computers in the Library or on-grounds. Variations in software and hardware used at home increase the possibility of problems. Limiting quizzes to the library and on-grounds machines will minimize problems. Allowing off-grounds quizzes provides more flexibility for the student; however, students are ultimately responsible for getting the work done on time.

    Course directors should also be generous with the length of time the quiz is "open" to the students by decreasing congestion and improving system performance.

  4. The start/stop dates for the 2003-2004 1st & 2nd Year Schedule was approved. There was one adjustment to the 1st Year schedule as compared to last year - that of moving the Anatomy & C&TS exams back one week from November 3 & 5 to November 10 & 12.

 -Don Innes