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Summary of 9-28-00 CME Minutes 

1.  Results of the USMLE Step 1

     The most recent CWRU Year II class to take the USMLE Step 1 scored the highest mean since the implementation of the USMLE Step 1 in 1992.  Dr. Wile mentioned that 1999 was the first year of the electronic version of both the USMLE Step 1 and USMLE Step 2.  The USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 are now one-day exams, and each examinee’s test is different.  The current pass mark for the USMLE Step 1 is 179.  As of May 1, 2000, the USMLE Step 2 pass mark increased from 170 to 174.  As of September 13, 2000, 96.5% of the 142 first-time test-takers in the CWRU Class of 2002 passed the USMLE Step 1.  Of those first-time test-takers who started with the Class of 2002 and stayed with the class for the entire two years, 98.6% passed the USMLE Step 1.  No national information is available for 2000 exams.

2.  Update on Dual Degree Students—Mr. Joseph Corrao, Registrar
     A look at formalized enrichment—via the joint degree programs offered and the number of students enrolled in each according to class as of fall 2000.  CWRU currently offers these certificate/degree programs in combination with the M.D. degree:  M.B.A., J.D., Ph.D. (offering a Ph.D. in Health Policy Research, or other Ph.D. where students are independently seeking a Ph.D.), Medical Scientist Training Program (M.S.T.P., a long-standing fully funded program offering both the M.D. and Ph.D.), M.S. in Applied Anatomy, certificate in Health Care Management (awarded by Weatherhead), M.P.H. (awaiting university approval before it can be offered as a dual degree to medical students), M.A. in Bioethics, the M.S. in Exercise Physiology, and M.Ed. in Medical Education (in collaboration with John Carroll University). The Dean of Students signs authorizing permission for the dual degree courses, and the forms proceed to the Registrar.  CWRU medical students also have the option of enrolling in a degree program at another school, although currently there exists no formal approval process for doing this.

    Dr. LaManna would like to have the dual degree program under the umbrella of the Flexible Program, which deals with enrichment.  He also envisioned a joint degree office, similar to that of the M.S.T.P., to look out for these students’ interests.  The Committee on Students seeks assurance that the dual degree students are in good academic standing, and, currently, there is no established mechanism in place for this.  Dr. LaManna would like the Associate Coordinator of the Flexible Program, the Office of Student Affairs, and the Office of the Registrar to keep each other informed.  We have just begun tracking dual degrees and collecting related information.

    Mr. Corrao’s handout listed graduate courses and the number of first- and second-year medical students collectively signed up for them prior to the fall of 2000.  Figures in this section do not include the M.S.T.P. students or any other medical student currently enrolled solely in the Graduate School.  M.S.T. P. students register in the Graduate School, not the medical school.  Each of the four years of medical school counts as 9 credits.  Flexible elective hours are not counted in this category of the handout.  There are 9 students—all in the dual degree program—who are carrying over 15 credit hours.  There are situations where students do not have to take Flexible Program credits if they take graduate courses through the Flexible Program.  As there currently exists nothing to this effect in writing, the desire for a formal codification was expressed.

    Discussion included polling students for specific interests in adding to the dual degree offerings, recruiting for the dual degree program (which appears on the secondary—not primary—Admissions application), tracking percentages of identified dual degree students, collecting data to see if, indeed, enrichment provided via a dual degree program merits choosing CWRU over other medical schools.

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