Curriculum Committee Minutes 1/29/18

University of Virginia School of Medicine

Curriculum Committee

Minutes – 1.29.18

MCBR, #2700 -4:00 p.m.

Present (underlined) were:

Chair (votes only to break a tie): Megan Bray

Voting: Juliana Bueno, Donna Chen, Aaron Freilich, Barry Hinton, Rachel Kon, Robin LeGallo, Keith Littlewood, Vishal Madaan, Juan Olazagasti, Margaret Plews-Ogan, Steven Powell, Theresa Schlager, Neeral Shah, Ryan Smith, Carlos Tache-Leon, Stephen Wolf

Students: John Hickman, Elizabeth Hoang, Ory Streeter, Rick Vavolizza

Non-voting: Gretchen Arnold, Elizabeth Bradley, Maryellen Gusic, Mark Moody, Selina Noramly, Bill Wilson

Staff: Bobbi May

Minutes Reviewed/Accepted. The Committee unanimously approved the minutes from the January 22, 2018 meeting.

System Review – Foundations of Medicine. Dr. Elizabeth Bradley presented the annual review on FOM and found as in years past, it is highly praised for its faculty teaching and review sessions.

Conclusions/Recommendations 2017:

Patient presentations and clinical context: As in years prior, the students found the patient presentations to be extremely meaningful and grounding, as well as an excellent way to consolidate all that they are learning. They felt the sessions were the tangible reminder of why they entered medical school, bringing the science together with the real-life stories of patients. Please continue these meaningful sessions.

Integration and teaching: The students’ feedback highlights how FoM continues to place the teaching of a variety of basic science topics into a meaningful clinical context. The students clearly see the connection between the cellular levels of health and disease, and appreciate being able to connect it to the patient and societal level. The students do comment on how they sometimes have a difficult time connecting the dots between the many disparate topics that are covered in a day or week, so continued work can be done in this area. As last year, the question of how well the morning hours and CPD were integrated was a bit lower than what is typically seen in other Systems, and as last year it may just be that the nature of the foundational science material covered in the morning hours, and the necessary introduction of basic doctoring skills in the early weeks of CPD may make this unavoidable.

Review of specific classes and activities: Again this year the students had suggestions about adjustments that could be made to specific classes and activities. Some of these suggestions were similar to last year, while others were not, as they have been addressed. Specifically, the 3-hour alcohol metabolism session was very challenging for many students, and they feel that this approach should be reconsider, perhaps breaking the session into smaller chunks. Additionally, as last year, many students commented that they found several of the outside of class genetics activities (including the Clinical Letter) to be of limited value to their learning. Perhaps these can be reviewed.

Biochemistry teaching and review sessions: As in years prior, Dr. Noramly’s teaching has received the highest praise from students. Based on feedback from years past, her review sessions were moved into the morning hours, and they were heartily received by students. They find her concept mapping and drawing exercises to be extremely valuable in learning the difficult subject matter.


ACE Proposal –Primary Health Care in Young Adults- ACE at the Student Health General Medicine Clinic. A proposal for this new Advanced Clinical Elective was offered at the previous meeting held on January 22, 2018. There was a call for some additional clarification of faculty supervising the students in this ACE.  A list of faculty was provided to Committee Members and discussion centered on who would be in charge of supervising and evaluating the students on this ACE. The level of responsibility for students proposed was felt to meet criteria required of an ACE. Discussion was encountered.

Vote: The Committee voted unanimously to approve this new ACE in Student Health.

Note: The next Curriculum Committee meeting will be held on Monday, February 5, 2018 in MCBR, #2700.