Minutes 05.11.11

Minutes 05.11.11

University of Virginia School of Medicine                 
Systems Leadership Community
May 11, 2011

Medical Education Building, Learning Studio, 4:00 p.m.



Present (underlined) were:  Brian Behm, Alan Binder, Robert Bloodgood, Elizabeth Bradley, Megan Bray, Chris Burns, Mary Bryant, Troy Buer, Addeane Caelleigh, Bobby Chhabra, Pam Clark, Bruce Cohen,  Eugene Corbett, Alan Dalkin, John Dent, Terri Ellison, Allison Innes,   Don Innes, John Jackson, Kim Joyce, Kambiz Kalantarinia, Karen Knight, Darci Lieb,   Stuart Lowson, Jen Marks, Jim Martindale, Melanie McCollum, Veronica Michaelsen, Mo Nadkarni, Bart Nathan, Selina Noramly, Sabrina Nuñez, Dick Pearson, Chris Peterson, Sue Pollart, Ellen Ramsey, Mitch Rosner, Mark Russell, Neeral Shah, Allan Simpson, Nassima Ait-Daoud Tiouririne, Jonathan Truwit, Keith Underwood, Linda Wagoner-Fountain, Mary Kate Worden, Zhen Yan.  Student Representatives:  Richard Rueb (2012), Kaitlyn Snyder (2013), Michael Hrdy (2014 )

Convenor(s):  Bart Nathan


  1. Recommendations about testing/assessments.  Bart Nathan distributed recommendations for policies and procedures for testing based on system leaders’ experiences during MCM, MIS, MSI, and MBB.  They will form the basic requirements for procedures and assessments throughout SMD15.  System Leaders in the remaining systems of SMD 14 are encouraged to use them, especially in terms of practice quizzes and turnaround time for tests.  See 2011 Testing Recommendations, which contains clarifications revisions based on discussions during the meeting.   

    An important change is that John Jackson’s group is adapting the online exam system to allow students to “mark” questions for challenge (as they can already do to come back to a question to reconsider it before completing the exam) and later write their challenge.  The exam system will give System Leaders a report of all the challenges, organized question by question.  This will make responding to challenges much easier and will shorten the time needed to decide on challenges and report final grades.

    The discussion included an extended exchange about students’ professionalism in challenging exam questions.

  2. Approved schedules for Preclerkship Curriculum for Class of 2014 and Class of 2015.  Don Innes distributed the schedules approved by the Curriculum Committee for Class of 2015 (which will matriculate in August 2011). 

    SMD 2014 Weekly Schedule

    SMD 2015 Weekly Schedule

    He noted important changes in the Class 2015 schedule:  longer orientation (which lengthens the curriculum from 81 to 82 weeks); a week of Fall Break in MCM; move of Immune System from MCM to a joint system with Microbes (the system is now MIS:  Microbes & Immune System); GI occurs immediately after MSI; a longer Summer Break to accommodate research projects as well as students’ vacations and military service; and shortening of CV-PULM- RENAL by one week (by deleting the integrated week).  

    Bob Bloodgood formally presented the objection of the PULM System Leaders to the loss of the integrated week, noting that the change had not been discussed with the CV, PULM, and RENAL systems.

  3. Next meeting.  The next scheduled meeting is Wednesday, June 15, 2011, at 4:00, in the Learning Studio of the Medical Education Building.