for awarding elective credit for graduate courses
specifically over the new graduate course offering Anatomy 523,
Histopathology of Organ Systems for Spring 2002, but was relevant for
any graduate course being used for elective credit.
30 second-year medical students have signed up for this particular
graduate course along with graduate students.
All who registered for the course are aware of the stipulations
required to get credit. Passing
a graduate course can be used as Type A elective credit.
Passing this particular graduate course qualifies as 3
graduate-school credits. The
amount of Type A elective credits, which appears on the medical school
transcript, is determined by the Flexible Program Coordinator.
Every student taking this
course (graduate student and medical student alike) has the option of
of two modes to earn credit (letter grades or pass/fail with
requirements for each clearly stipulated).
Students have been apprised of the oral and written grading
stipulations and accepted them. Discussion
focused on tightening up a housekeeping loophole so that no elective credit could be given
should the medical student withdraw or fail a graduate course.
This would entail 100% compliance of the elective sponsors in returning the grade sheets
that would be signed only at the
end of the course.
Establishing procedures so that
is no conflict with the university system (the system used by the
CWRU Registrar), particularly regarding limitations imposed by
security, confidentiality, and in some cases rigidity.
reconciling two divergent views of the electives program:
enrichment, expecting that the student will spend extra time
enhancing his/her education through some (not all) more challenging
courses, where he/she is held more accountable via a rigorous
review, exam, or paper rather than satisfying only attendance-based
restructuring of the Flexible Program:
Survey of CWRU
regarding their fourth year experience
of published questionnaire
sent by the Primary Care Track to all CWRU graduates of the Classes of 1985, 1986, 1987, 1993, and 1998 asking for their opinion
of the fourth year. CME
member Dr. Hue-Lee Kaung had prepared a summary of the online article by
Dr. Jack Medalie, Dr. Linda Headrick, and Ms. Pam Glover, My
Favorite Year, Opinions of CWRU Alumni about Their Final Year of
the 698 questionnaires sent, 177 were completed and returned.
To read the complete article, see http://casemed.case.edu/dept/pct/newsletters/My_Favorite_Year.html.
Two almost unanimous conclusions of the respondents follow:
recommendations include choosing
i) a group of electives in subjects which the student perceived to be
his/her weakness and where more experience is needed, and ii) another group of electives in subjects where not much contact is
anticipated during the residency years.
Also stated in the survey was the students’
desire for relevant advice and mentoring from the faculty and
administration prior to making
their elective choices.