Headlines @ U.Va.
NEW MEDICAL STUDENTS DIVE IN HEAD FIRST
Last fall, new medical students didn’t waste any time before getting their feet wet by having some face time with patients. The students were enrolled in a new program, created by medical school Dean Arthur “Tim” Garson Jr., designed to show how science applies to the students. The course, called “Cells to Society,” spans three days and pulls in experts, support services and patients to teach students the big picture, quickly. It was named to emphasize that students are the center of a physician’s life, between cells and society. This course focused on diabetes, and students heard patients’ medical histories, asked questions of them and visited the dialysis unit and the prosthetic shop, among other places. The course will be offered again next year, though patients with a different illness will be chosen. (Richmond Times-Dispatch, Jan. 17)
DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF AGE
How old is too old to get behind the wheel? This question can be a life-or-death issue, and is being tackled by a new program at the University. The Virginia Driving Safety Laboratory can provide a complete assessment of driving ability. The two-hour test weighs vision, driving knowledge and neuropsychological function, and it includes driving-simulator testing. The program offers a full written report and suggestions for safety “compensations” that a senior driver can adopt. (Fredericksburg Star, Jan. 10)
ACCESSUVA GETS AN UPGRADE
A year ago, U.Va. decided to alter its financial aid policies so more low-income students would be eligible, and AccessUVa was born. Now, the University has decided that it needs to do even more, and do it sooner than originally planned.
The changes will benefit students from families with slightly higher
incomes and those at Virginia’s community colleges. The changes to
AccessUVa include extending the provision on replacing loans with grants to students whose families have incomes at up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level, up from 150 percent. For a family of four, that equates to an income of $37,700, up from $28,274. (Inside Higher Ed,