Curriculum Committee Meeting Minutes 09/19/2016

September 26, 2016 by

University of Virginia School of Medicine

Curriculum Committee

Minutes – 9.19.16

CMMEB, #G165, 4:00 p.m.

Present (underlined) were: Gretchen Arnold, Jonathan Black, Elizabeth Bradley, Megan Bray, Donna Chen, Aaron Freilich, Jose Gurrola, Maryellen Gusic, John Hickman, Barry Hinton, Donald Innes, Robin LeGallo, Keith Littlewood, Vishal Madaan, Nancy McDaniel, Mark Moody, Selina Noramly, Juan Olazagasti, Steven Powell, Theresa Schlager, Neeral Shah, Ryan Smith, Linda Waggoner-Fountain, Casey White, Bill Wilson, Rachel Kon, Stephen Wolf, Jessica Lukacs, Lee Eschenroeder, Elizabeth Graham, Bobbi May (Administrative Coord.)

Minutes Reviewed/Accepted. The Committee unanimously accepted the minutes from the September 12, 2016 meeting.

SMD2020 Clerkship Calendar. At the March 7, 2016 meeting, the Committee voted unanimously that students would be required to take their Step 1 examination at least ten days prior to the beginning of their Transition Course. Since students must pass the Step 1 before starting their clerkship, this would avoid having to remove a student who fails the Step 1 after starting his/her first clerkship. Committee members agreed that students will continue to be required to take the USMLE Step 1 Exam at least 10 days prior to the start of the Transition Course to ensure that results would be back before starting Clerkships.

USMLE Step 2 Annual CK Results. Dr. Wolf presented the Step 2 CK results to the Committee. It was noted that 100% of students passed and that all scored above the mean.

Educational Fellowship Update: “Project to Develop Multimedia Resource for Renal System” – Dr. Kambiz Kalantari. Dr. Kalantari began the discussion by stating that in this age of medicine some students still utilize textbooks for education, yet some are more inclined to be visual learners. This project is beneficial for all since it encompasses both. He further stated that, this project is being built from the ground up in order to avoid any copyright infringement and has and will require a great deal of time on his part. He is in the process of creating an interactive resource that will allow students to read the information on a subject and to click on a short animation video that explains the text. Dr. Kalantari explained that he uses several textbooks; histology, physiology, pathophysiology and clinical books, plus his own knowledge to create sessions that are all encompassing and move from basic physiology to clinical. He added that he has concentrated on the LOs associated within the Renal System in order to stay on topic and not move too far into other areas. There was some commentary on tying this into the 4th year student obligation and possibly having them provide assistance with these types of projects, while at the same time earning credit for curriculum/leadership development. The Committee was very receptive to this project and commented on its depth, breadth and usefulness. We look forward to a final presentation within the next six months.

Thread Review Process. Dr. Mary Kate Worden joined the Committee to discuss the past and current procedures for formal review of the NxGen Pre-clerkship Learning Objectives. She explained the process for choosing a thread to review, convening a review committee and the outcome and consequences of a review. She worked to create two electronic surveys and sent invitations to potential reviewers. Various incentives were utilized to recruit faculty and students, including miscellaneous gift cards. The reception was lukewarm and results were minimal. She asked the Committee for suggestions to improve participation. The Committee liked the idea of electronic surveys, thus eliminating too many meetings. Many suggested shortening the survey as one may take as long as one hour to complete. Suggestions were also made to increase the monetary incentives and allow faculty to use this toward travel or parking expenses. Faculty development providing CME credit or teaching portfolio expansion was another. Still, some felt if this were mandated by the Dean’s office or Chair of the Department then participation would be guaranteed. A sure way to increase student participation was to provide lunch.

Note: The next Curriculum Committee meeting will be held on Monday, September 26, in MCBR, #2700.