Summary of 9-30-99 CME Minutes
1. Dr. LaManna welcomed Scott Walker, newly elected Year One CME student representative.
2. Discussion of the dilemma of early match for CWRU students presented by Mr. Joseph Corrao, Registrar. The Deans Letter containing grades is not released until November 1. The CWRU School of Medicine transcript contains no grades. "Honors" and "Commendable" do not appear on our transcripts. They do, however, appear in our Deans Letter. Twelve fourth year students are applying for early match. They have already been asked to submit transcripts. Because of the lack of information furnished due to the unique nature of the CWRU School of Medicine transcript, students are frustrated over losing potential opportunities for interviews. In addition, licensing boards want to see student grades. Mr. Corrao brought up the possibility of looking into a School of Medicine policy change that would put grades on the transcript.
3. Identification of Potential Quantitative Evaluation Data for CME Review Medical Students in Dual Degree Programs Mr. Joseph Corrao
Distribution of handout listing Dual Degree/Dual Program Students for the 1999-2000 Academic Year, indicating by class the number of joint degree students. Lack of reliable, comprehensive "bookkeeping" mechanism prevents record from being complete. Dr. LaManna requested that Mr. Corrao incorporate the number of Year One and Year Two M.S.T.P. (Medical Scientist Training Program) (M.D./Ph.D.) students into a standardized format for this annual report. There is a need to be able to determine in advance the exact numbers of M.S.T.P. students returning from a leave of absence at the onset of the academic year. The system needs to be "tightened" up so as to allow tracking of those students choosing to take programs/courses at other medical schools during their leave of absence. The Office of Student Affairs could be helpful in furnishing much of the unavailable data.
Evaluation of joint degree students would begin by looking at the number of identifications on pre-clinical exams and the number of "honors" and "commendation" as well as "unsatisfactory" in clerkships. National Board performance assessment is another possibility. More sophisticated evaluative mechanisms include consulting students in varying stages of their postgraduate medical careers through questionnaires and follow-up studies.
Possible upgrading of Type A electives might ensue if we opt for oversight. Some graduate courses have a Type A elective component to them that can satisfy Type A elective requirements. Graduate courses have department oversight. Type A electives, on the other hand, are not currently overseen by anybody.
The Associate Dean of Residency and Career Planning will address the CME on the difficulties encountered in trying to assess the top ten residency programs.
4. See Curriculum Revision Update