CME AGENDA - March 12, 1998
Summary of 3-12-98 CME Minutes
1. Third year student representative requested a breakdown of the actual percentage distribution with regard to each of the following clinical clerkship grades for the 1997-98 academic year: honors, commendable (the newly added "high pass" category), and satisfactory. Originally, the approximate distribution was intended to be 25% for honors, 25% for commendable (the "high pass"), and 50% for satisfactory. Students have expressed concern that some clerkship directors are awarding the grades in ways which are not in the students" best interest. Some clerkship directors award "commendable" to avoid the top-ranked "honors." Others are overly generous with "commendable," since the "satisfactory" category represents the lower 50% of the student body going through that particular clerkship at that time.
2. Tomorrow the NBME comprehensive basic science examination will take place. While the exam is not required, we strongly urge all second year students to take it. The exam correlates with the USMLE Step 1 and offers students the opportunity to assess where they stand. It also provides practice for the rigorous and highly structured testing environment required by the NBME. These scores do not go on the student's record.