System Leader Minutes 09/07/10

System Leader Minutes 09/07/10

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Systems Leadership Community
September 7, 2010



Health Sciences Library Room 1212 (Mock Learning Studio), 4:00 p.m.

Present (underlined) were:  Brian Behm, Alan Binder, Robert Bloodgood, Megan Bray,
Chris Burns, Heather Burns, Mary Bryant, Troy Buer, Bobby Chhabra, Pam Clark, Bruce Cohen,  Eugene Corbett, Alan Dalkin, John Dent, Don Innes, Kambiz Kalantarinia, Stuart Lowson, Jen Marks, Melanie McCollum, Mo Nadkarni, Bart Nathan, Selina Noramly,  Chris Peterson, Mitch Rosner, Mark Russell, Neeral Shah, Allan Simpson, Jonathan Truwit, Linda Wagoner-Fountain, Mary Kate Worden, Zhen Yan, Elizabeth Bradley, Addeane Caelleigh,  Terri Ellison, John Jackson, Karen Knight, Darci Lieb, Jim Martindale, Veronica Michaelsen, Sue Pollart, Lisa Herrman, Brad Bradenham, Andrew Pfeffer, Jason Woods

Note:  attendance information not available
Convenors:  Don Innes and Chris Burns


  1. Convenors.  Don Innes announced that Chris Burns had agreed to be a co-convenor for the systems leaders meetings. 

  2. CV System.  Alan Binder described the planning for the Cardiovascular system, explaining that the vast majority of the sessions would be TBL.  He outlined a typical 24-hour cycle of the CV curriculum:

    Afternoon and evening:  assignments to be prepared before class sessions, with most assigned readings in Harrison plus existing online UVA resources.

    8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
      They hope to have several facilitators each morning—basic scientists and clinicians.

    In the ensuing discussion, participants noted that CPD was being tailored to fit the morning curriculum as much as possible and that it would be a major challenge to get everything done to do all TBL.

  3.   Team Based Learning.  Veronica Michaelsen announced that IAMSI was offering a web audio series (“webinar”) this fall on TBL.  The SOM could get an institutional subscription.  The six sessions run from September 23 through October 28.  Also, Ruth Levine is scheduled to come to UVA on December 4 to give two seminars and UVA faculty are offering “TBL 101.”

    Selina Noramly noted that MCM has had two TBL sessions so far.  The students were not happy with the first one but liked the second.  The first session did not allow enough time, whereas the second had twice as much time as needed.  A major difference between the two was that the students had to find the materials for the first session’s learning objectives but were given a packet of information for the second session’s learning objectives.

    Veronica Michaelsen commented that the basic design for the new curriculum specifies that TBL should be offered at least once every three weeks.  She noted that the literature shows that teams must stay together long enough to form bonds.  She recommended that the TBL teams should stay the same throughout MCM and Microbes.

  4. MCM.  There was a general discussion of how MCM was working in practice.  Don Innes noted that although some issues have arisen, the system is going well and that students seem engaged.  They have proved to be fluid and adaptable.  He noted that teaching faculty need to allow more time for any activity because everything seems to take longer in the setting.  There was considerable discussion about how and what to tell students about preparing for sessions.  Selina Noramly noted that MCM is clear in instructions for each session about what preparation is “recommended” and what is “required.”

  5. Attendance Policy and Absences.  A handout was distributed on policies for attendance and absence.  Participants noted places where language from the former curriculum was still used, such as referring to courses rather than systems.  Don Innes noted that the clerkship directors are also working on revising their policies.  

  6. Next meeting.  The next meeting will be Wednesday, October 13, at 4:00 p.m. in the Mock Learning Studio.  The agenda will include discussion of grading policies, among other items.