University of Virginia School of
Principles of Medicine Committee
Allison Innes asked that the course
directors use a uniform nomenclature for labeling the
histograms that are automatically generated by Medical
Education=s newly enhanced grade reporting tool. She suggested
something like Exam 1, Exam 2, Final 03.
deciding on approaches to data collection to inform recommendations
about curriculum revision: John Gazewood reported on the
results of his e-mail poll of the members of the Principles of Medicine
Committee in which he asked for a ALas Vegas@ style vote on a wide
range of possible approaches to gathering information that could help
the committee make recommendations on curriculum revision. The
top ranked items were:
A. Seek information from the Clerkship Directors on what changes
they would like to see in the first two years of the curriculum (8
B. Ask the Student Medical Education Committee (SMEC) to make
recommendations of their ideal 1st and 2nd year
curriculum (8 votes).
C. Have each course identify medical student advisors to give
feedback on that course (8 votes).
D. Implement a searchable curriculum database (7 voted).
E. Do a review of other medical schools that underwent a recent medical
curriculum change (6 voted).
F. Review national criteria in the area of medical education
(AAMC, LCME, etc.)(6 votes).
A wide ranging discussion of these issues ensued:
A. It was pointed out that John Jackson recently sent out an
e-mail to all course directors bringing their attention to the new
feature of the Course Content Management System that facilitates
searching across handouts and Powerpoint presentations on the course
web sites. Go to the course web page that lists all the course
subjects. At bottom of the page is a link to ASearch Course
Documents@. The search engine supports Boolean operators and
certain wildcards. There was a discussion of the relationship
between John=s search engine versus a true curriculum database (such as
Joel Hockensmith=s suggestion). It was felt that John Jackson may be
able to enhance his search tool to fulfill some of these goals. One
suggestion was to ask John to add a feature to his Content Management
tool that would allow someone to add a keyword (from a drop-down menu)
at the time a handout or Powerpoint is posted on the course web
site. It was decided to invite John Jackson to speak at a future
meeting of the Curriculum Committee and to demo his search tool.
Gene Corbett, while on sabbatical at the AAMC visited a number of
medical schools and became aware of a sophisticated curriculum mapping
software program at Vanderbilt called @KnowledgeMap@. The people
there gave him an access password. Interested individuals could
contact Gene about reviewing this web site.
B. The committee felt that we should definitely move ahead with getting
feedback from Clerkship directors on the Year 1 and 2 curriculum.
C. The committee felt SMEC should be asked to conduct a review of
the 1st and 2nd year curriculum and make
recommendations. It was pointed out that this overlaps with other
on-going effort that involve student input (such as the Design and
Development Teams) but the committee did not feel this was a
D. Wendy Golden pointed out that she is going ahead with utilizing
selected first year students as advisors for her course Medical and
Molecular Genetics. It was pointed out that we have a number of
4th year Teaching Electives on the books and this is
another way to get student feedback on specific courses. The
advantage to this approach is that the 4th year students
have a unique perspective on the 1st and 2nd year
courses because they have completed the entire basic sciences
curriculum as well as the 3rd year Clinical
E. In terms of national criteria, committee members are referred
to the following web sites:
AAMC MSOP: http://www.aamc.org/meded/msop/start.htm
F. Instead of a re-vote on the top
six listed above, it was decided to accept them all.
G. Eve Bargmann and Virginia Taylor
volunteered to take the USMLE Part I.
Action Items/Upcoming Events:
Dr. Gazewood has e-mailed Steve Koenig, Co-Chair of
the Curriculum Liaison Committee of the Academy of Distinguished
Educators to ask him to seek out opinion of Academy members who teach
3rd year students in regard to two questions: 1) What are
specific areas of strength of our rising 3rd year students
and 2) What are specific areas of weakness of our rising 3rd
year students. A number of responses have already been received
and these will be collated and distributed.
Dr. Innes has scheduled a Curriculum Retreat/Workshop for
Thursday, February 5, 2004, from 12:00 Noon - 5:00 PM in Jordan
Classroom 2A/2B/2C. All members of the Principles of Medicine
Committee are invited to participate.
Christine Peterson, who is leading the Design and Development Team
that is planning the new Cells to Society component for the first week
of the first year curriculum has asked to present this program to an
upcoming meeting of the Principles of Medicine Committee.
John Jackson in Medical Education will be asked to attend a future
meeting of the Principles Committee to discuss curriculum databases and
Next meeting of Principles of Medicine Committee will be held on
2nd Wed in Jan at 2:00 PM.