Summary of 9-14-00 CME Minutes
1. Announcements of new CME members: 1) Dr. G. David McCoy, Chairman of Environmental Health Sciences, 2) Dr. Robert Harvey of Physiology and Biophysics, and 3) Dr. James Arnold, Chairman of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery.
2.Dr. Linda Lewin, Co-Director of the CLICS Program, presented the results of a 1999-2000 pilot program for third year medical students.
3.Student CME Report Year II student representative Scott Walker mentioned that the Committee of Student Representatives (CSR) entertained considerable discussion on testing in the first and second years. (This is developed later in the meeting under Other Business.)
4.Setting agenda items for the coming 2000-2001 academic year
The CME is awaiting the report from the Committee on Committees, which reviews all the standing committees and their charges. Dr. LaManna has already met with the chair, Dr. Michael Maguire. We are expecting a refinement of the CME charge based on the creation of both the Curriculum Leadership Council (CLC) and the Clinical Rotation Development Council (CRDC). Once completed, the report from the Committee on Committees will be sent to the Faculty Council. From there, it will proceed to the general faculty. The CME is responsible for evaluation of the curriculum. Again this year, it will entertain the two annual reports introduced last year: 1) Joint Degrees by Mr. Joseph Corrao, Registrar, and 2) Analysis of CWRU Graduate Placement in Residency Programs by Dr. Richard Aach, Associate Dean of Residency and Career Planning. Dr. Kristi Zakariasen, Director of Curricular Administration, is in charge of the day-to-day running of the curriculum on a full-time basis.
5.Year II Student representative Scott Walker distributed a handout pertaining to students perception of the need for change in the current examination system. The recent modification of the secure exam system as it exists today only evolved last year. Prior to this, a student could approach the Dean of Students and review the actual secure exam with him to see exactly where mistakes were made. However, this is no longer possible. Second year students registered their dissatisfaction with the current system to the Committee of Student Representatives (CSR). Over 70 first year students have signed a petition to eliminate secure exams. Acknowledging that there was no intentional plan to undermine the educational mission, Mr. Walker spoke for his student colleagues perception that assessment in its current form is impeding the educational mission and needs to be changed. Delineation of desired student changes follows:
Mr. Walker and his colleagues are seeking the endorsement of the conditions stated above from both the CME and the CLC. Under current circumstances, students can never see the questions they missed on the exam.
Previously, students could request to see their exams in the Office of Student Affairs with the Dean of Student Affairs. An unrelated error resulting in the Xeroxing and release of some secure exams led to a subsequent change in policy: eliminating the students opportunity to see questions missed as all exams are shredded and only the examination sheet is scored. Students feel that the educational component of assessment has been compromised.
Discussion followed on the Schools two responsibilities: 1) education, and 2) assessment, and the impossibility of fulfilling both optimum educational and assessment goals via the same examination mechanism. The Executive Committee and the faculty have chosen assessment as the dominant priority for the interim exams. In general, discussants expressed a desire to reinstate the arrangement whereby students could make arrangements to review their exam performance and see what they missed without, however, the release of the exams for students to keep. Secure exams have yielded the following benefits:
The CME remains unchanged from the policy it had voted on regarding secure exams. Input from the Curriculum Leadership Council and the Committee on Students is needed before further action can be taken with regard to the student desire for change in the secure exam system as it exists today.