Curriculum Committee Minutes 9/10/18

September 18, 2018 by

University of Virginia School of Medicine

Curriculum Committee

Minutes – 9.10.18

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

Present (underlined) were:

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

Voting: Juliana Bueno, Donna Chen, Katharine DeGeorge, Aaron Freilich, Fern Hauck, Barry Hinton, Paul Kunk, Robin LeGallo, Keith Littlewood, Vishal Madaan, Juan Olazagasti, Margaret Plews-Ogan, Steven Powell, Neeral Shah, Ryan Smith, Carlos Tache-Leon

Students: Brielle Gerry, Vat Patel, Ory Streeter, Erin Adonnino, 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 amended minutes from the August 20, 2018 meeting.

Graduate Questionnaire SOM2018. The Committee discussed the various elements of the report from SMD18 as compared to national responses. This year the response rate rose from last year but is still lower than in previous years.  Only 121 students completed the survey.  Forty-nine percent of students reported being satisfied with their medical education [an improvement from 41% in 2017].  Forty-two percent of students strongly agree they felt, “confident they have acquired skills to begin residency.” Specific data reflecting pre-clerkship and clerkship curriculum was reviewed.  These will be included in the clerkship reviews the Committee conducts each year. The Committee discussed the negative behaviors chart which showed a very low number of concerning incidents and was similar within a few percentage points over the past 5 years.

Curriculum Proposal, SIM Discussion/Lectures Mandatory. At the August 20 meeting, Dr. Megan Bray presented a request from several students concerning the “Social Issues in Medicine” lectures. This group of students felt the lectures were important enough to require them as part of the mandatory curriculum. In the interim, SMEC representative, Ory Streeter, SMD19, took initiative to create a survey which he distributed to all students within the school of medicine. Three hundred students across all four classes responded.  The results were shared and a lengthy discussion was held regarding the possible benefits and implications. SIM Director Dr. Mo Nadkarni was present to offer his input and answer any additional questions the members had. At the end of the discussion the following points were unanimously reaffirmed by CC members.

1). The current attendance policy for the Next Gen Curriculum should stand as originally designed which is predicated on the general principal that medical students are adult learners who will be entrusted with the future care of patients and can and should decide for themselves which learning sessions they should be physically present for.

2).  The Content of all SIM Lectures and learning about the social determinants of health and disease including their contribution to health disparities is of particular importance to the practicing and developing physician and we recommend students attend them.

3). We would encourage SIM Leadership to consider thoughtful ways in which patients and or clients be included in these learning sessions to increase the impact of the topical presentation and make students accountable to their patient/client instructors.

Nomination: Assistant Clerkship Director, Family Medicine – Annie Way, MD. Dr. Way’s CV had been circulated electronically for review prior to the 8/20 meeting. Initially, there were additional questions the committee members had regarding Dr. Way’s nomination. Dr. Bray requested additional information from Sue Pollart, MD, MS, Interim Chair of Family Medicine and Catherine Casey, MD, Director of the Family Medicine Clerkship.  Both Drs. Pollart and Casey provided additional information which was shared with the committee.  Both feel Dr. Way’s enthusiasm and vigor toward this new role is palpable and that she is committed to taking on these additional responsibilities.

Vote: The Committee voted unanimously to approve Dr. Annie Way as the Assistant Clerkship Director for Family Medicine.

Educational Fellowship Letters of Intent: The Committee received a total of 9 Educational Fellowship letters of intent. The Committee discussed each proposal, and 6 were unanimously accepted for further submission to the Educational Fellowship Review Committee for final review. The approved topics and authors are as listed:

  • Vaia Abatzis, MD: Develop a simulation-based ACLS Curriculum.
  • Catherine Casey, MD: Develop LGBTQ Longitudinal Curriculum.
  • Linda Martin, MD, MPH: Gamification of Surgery Clerkship Curriculum.
  • David Moyer, DC: M4 Revisit Surgical Anatomy Curriculum.
  • Michael Sneider, MD: Develop Radiology Student PACS Curriculum.
  • Eli Williams, MD: Develop Instructional Video on Laboratory Medicine


Note: The next Curriculum Committee meeting will be held on Monday, September 17, 2018 in MCBR, #2700.

Filed Under: 2018, Curriculum Committee Minutes