Curriculum Committee Minutes 4/23/18

University of Virginia School of Medicine

Curriculum Committee

Minutes – 4.23.18

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: Brielle Gerry, Ory Streeter, Vat Patel, Erin Andoninno, John Popovich

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 April 16, 2018 meeting.

Educational Fellowship Update – “Develop a Writing Course for BIMS Program Students to Prepare and Submit an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship,” Adrian Halme, MD. Dr. Halme offered a very informative presentation on his project for the first and second year BIMS students. His main goal was to have students foster independent thinking, develop scientific writing, communication skills and become familiar with proposal development and the structure of a persuasive argument. The end result of the course was significant, with 8 students finishing a respectable draft of their application. Of those, there were 5 submissions and 1 honorable mention. Some lessons learned were; the workshop is very time-intensive for faculty and students, shifting student’s focus from non-medical biological questions is difficult. Moving forward, Dr. Halme is concentrating on identifying students who have a good chance at success for a graduate research fellowship. He would like to bring the workshop curriculum into the course for all BIMS students to experience and will build on interest in creating a network of resources for all NSF and fellowship applications.

Elective Proposal – “Global Health Policy and Practice,” Julia den Hartog, MD. A new elective was proposed, to create an area of study, research and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people. This elective was discussed at length among members.

Vote: The Committee voted unanimously to accept, “Global Health Policy and Practice,” as a new elective in the Department of Medicine.

OSCE Report/Lessons Learned – Maryellen Gusic, MD. Dr. Gusic presented a report on the most recent Objective Structured Clinical Exams (OSCEs) and some lessons learned therein. Two main areas assessed during the exam are patient-centered communication skills (are assessed by standardized patients) and patient encounter skills (are assessed by standardized patients and by assessors grading the post-encounter notes.) She explained what was tested under both of these headings and how it compares to the USMLE Step CS.  She then reviewed results of this year’s 1a, 1b and 1c OSCE’s and delineated some common mistakes made by students during these exams. There was a discussion of how clerkships can help reinforce some of the new didactic material being introduced into the future FCM classroom to help streamline how we teach and then assess things like obtaining standard histories, performing physical exams, developing differential diagnoses and helping students learn to think critically and prioritize their differentials.


Note: The next Curriculum Committee meeting will be held on Monday, May 7, 2018, in MCBR, #2700.