Summary of 9-9-99 CME Minutes
1. Dr. LaManna recognized newly elected CME members Dr. Alan Cohen of Neurological Surgery and Dr. Joseph Miller of Anatomy. Dr. Keith Armitage of Internal Medicine could not make todays meeting.
2. Dr. LaManna distributed a brochure on the Masters in Education Program in Medical Education offered to both students and faculty through the joint efforts of the John Carroll University Department of Education and Allied Studies in conjunction with the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. "Every physician a teacher" is the theme for the Medical Educational Specialization in the Professional Teacher Program. The joint masters degree in education is a 30-semester hour program. The certificate program requires 15 hours. CWRU employee tuition benefits may be used for some of the credits that are given here. Dr. Francine Hekelman and Dr. Marcia Wile are involved in the running of the CWRU component of the program. For more information, contact John Carroll University, Department of Education and Allied Studies, phone: 216-397-4331 or 216-397-4389, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Year Two student representative Abbie Miller had a report from the Student CME. Second and third year students have been concerned with the computer-related changes. Dissatisfaction has stemmed from a perceived loss of computer department services coupled with an increase in fees that the students are required to pay. Students voiced concerns about the closing of the computer lab, the discontinued free access to printing, and the additional $100 increase in the computer fee used in part to fund the paper curriculum. At the May 13, 1999 CME meeting during discussion of the dilemma of the electronic curriculum and the print syllabus, many participants voiced their opinion that the students were not ready to rely on the electronic version as their sole curriculum. Ms. Miller requested that the CME provide guidance as to the development of the electronic curriculum, particularly concerning where monies are directed considering the current lack of resources.
Dr. Tom Nosek, Associate Dean for Biomedical Information Technologies, addressed these issues. He had planned to write a letter to the classes in early September and will do so. He explained that prior to the beginning of school, the administrators had decided to increase the computer fee. The computer fee is "one pot," not earmarked for anything in particular, that offsets many expenses. He will disseminate a letter to each class via the ListServ containing a specific listing of services received by the students. How the resources are used depends on their availability and whether or not there is a strong demand for the activity in question. For example, the Office of Biomedical Technologies has been working on electronic testing for over a year. Dr. Nosek mentioned that while we have the capability to videotape lectures live, that is costly and both the resources and desire are not there. We could offer the Clinical-Pathologic Conference (CPC) streamed live over the Internet, but again the support and resources have not been allocated because of lack of demand. Dr. Nosek emphasized that a consensus is needed before any implementation takes place. With regard to the shutting down of the computer lab, Dr. Nosek explained that all the IBM compatible computers in the 24-hour computer lab died. It would have cost $20,000 to replace them. Since the Dean has given every student a computer, refurbishing the computer lab did not seem a necessity. Dr. Nosek reaffirmed that he welcomes both CME and student input.
Dr. LaManna felt that the CME can pilot certain projects. However, since we are not knowledgeable regarding resources, we cannot prioritize expenses. We can, however, evaluate whether an activity is valuable from an educational viewpoint.
Dr. Nosek mentioned that prior to his coming to CWRU, the Year Two curriculum was upgraded every other year. Now curricula for both the first and second years are upgraded regularly. Students can now download the portable syllabus onto their computers hard drive so that they do not have to rely on modem lines when they go home.
What are the options for those students using Macs without a modem now that the computer lab is closed? With regard to computer use for residency purposes, there are four computers in the labs on the fourth floor that are open 24 hours a day. The Health Sciences Library has four computers, and the Registrar has one computer available to students. A letter from Dr. Aach of Residency and Career Planning and from Mr. Corrao of the Registrars Office will address the residency application issue. With regard to access to the electronic curriculum, Ms. Saha stated that the Health Sciences Library has 14 computers that provide such access. Students need a password to access the electronic curriculum.
4. See Curriculum Revision Update