CME AGENDA - January 22, 1998
Summary of Minutes
1. Year One student desire to have access to their histology and anatomy practical exams, which make excellent educational tools. CME intent was all multiple-choice-question format exams would be secure and therefore not seen by the students. Practical exams do not fall into this category. The student request to release the practical exams will be honored providing that the faculty involved have no objections.
2. Preliminary discussion of the Physical Diagnosis Pilot Project Proposal Problem exists in recruiting increasingly high quality faculty preceptors. The proposal suggests replacing a significant amount of faculty time with fourth year students and standardized patients and introduces Physical Diagnosis in year one. The pilot would randomly select one-fifth of next year's entering year one class (32 students) to see if the approach works and could be applied to an entire class. Discussion of the use of fourth year students as preceptors brought out divided opinion. On one hand, the view was expressed that students are here to learn and should not be taken away from their own education. Nuances of performing a proper physical exam include a solid background and familiarity with a variety of diseases; merely performing the steps of a physical is not sufficient. The issue of the unavailability of enough high caliber faculty preceptors and the resulting inconsistency needs to be addressed. On the other hand, many schools successfully use fourth year students to teach first year students. One can learn by teaching. The experience is motivating to both the student teachers and students. Logistically, the suggested proposal deals with fewer people to keep track of than currently. The request put to the Physical Diagnosis planners is that they coordinate the Physical Diagnosis proposal with the existing curriculum.
3. Daylong medical education retreat will be held Friday, February 27, 1998, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Comprehensive agenda pertaining to the Millennium Curriculum Project is already worked out. There is a need, however, to acknowledge existence of the issues of rewards for teaching and establishment of an oversight committee on administration.