University of Virginia School of
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
- 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
The goals and objectives of this elective are to:
- A. Provide a teaching experience in the basic sciences for
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
- 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.
- 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
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.
- 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.