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Summary of 10-11-01 CME Minutes 

  1. Introduction of newly elected Year I student representative Mr. Brian Chow

  2. Dr. Smith mentioned that discussions with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation about its medical school initiative are ongoing.

  3. Mrs. Virginia Saha will try to contact all clinical faculty when Ovid succeeds in setting up a one-month trial of MedWeaver, Clineguide, and MedCases along with Ovidís online textbook product and a PDA-based service.  Clinical input is needed regarding the various products that might be considered for a group purchase by OhioLINK medical libraries.

  4. The Medical Education Retreat at Landerhaven will be held Wednesday, November 28, 2001 and will focus on the upcoming LCME accreditation site visit.

  5. Year II Student CME Report

  • A final review for the Neuro exam will take place after the exam.

  • Suggestion that subject committee chairs could set up a Type A elective to run concurrently with their committee to be outside the breadth of the committee (e.g., focus more on clinical aspects of the committee rather than the basic science of the committee) like the Noon Options in the Nervous System Committee (an issue for the Curriculum Leadership Council to decide)

  1. Dr. William Merrick, chair, provided a Curriculum Leadership Council update, delineating the following areas as under consideration:

  • The CLC is trying to come up with a way to review exams that would be better from the student perspective; the CLC is exploring a shift away from the current policy that allows only identified students the opportunity to review their exams while in the presence of Dr. Echols.

  • All students could become more actively involved via a brief quiz preceding small group participation or through review.

  • An increase in the use of quizzes as a preparatory activity is predicted.

  • A tendency toward greater use of the small group format, especially Problem-Based Learning, since these activities encourage student reliance on each other

  • Setting up a window for remediation within six weeks after the interim exam to deter students from waiting until just before the clerkship year to remediate
    The CLC voted that the subject committee chairs are to prepare an interim exam and one remediation exam.  If the student fails the remediation exam, he/she goes before the Committee on Students.

  • Efforts toward establishing a step-by-step process with a designate in case of absence so that the exam grading/analysis proceeds without interruption

  • Assessment of our response to the September 11 tragedy in terms of meeting the needs of all our students and our effectiveness in making them aware of the resources availableóthe Counseling Center, the Department of Psychiatry, and, in addition, talking with Drs. Kirby, Aach, Haynie, Echols, and Smith
  • Desire for a more rational schedule for the Core Academic Program that would

    • Cut back to as few 5-hour class days as possible

    • Seal off the morning so that students were not forced to choose between activities

    • Shift the electives program to start at 2:00 p.m. to allow students time for lunch

    • Move the introductory Physical Diagnosis lecture for Year I students into the Year I morning curriculum

    • Get people to use a single calendar.

  1. Dr. Christopher Brandt, chair, provided a Clinical Rotation Development Council update focusing on the resulting problem caused when the Psychiatry clerkship was reduced from 8 weeks to 6 weeks (one 4-week block interspersed with two 1-week orphan blocks) with the creation of the 12-month clerkship third year.  The Psychiatry Department has been very unhappy over their lost time.  The 1-week rotations tend to be observational for the students.  In addition, Dr. Brandt explained that the hoped-for integration between Psychiatry and Neurosciences has proved difficult.  Dr. Brandt does not anticipate a significant change, however, in the schedule for the upcoming year.

  2. Discussion on student ethics, intellectual honesty, honor code, integrity, and professionalism resulting from one studentís posting of answers to an optional online quiz awarding bonus points
    Suggestion to e-mail all students in the class reminding them of the honor code and making an announcement in class about the poor judgment evidenced by the studentís posting of quiz answers
    Acknowledgement of the effectiveness of bonus points as a motivator of student participation in optional activities that would prepare them to integrate the core material

  3. Dr. Smith announced plans to put together an educational series for the students on bioterrorism.  Dr. Smith invited anyone interested in working on the bioterrorism educational series to contact him.

See Curriculum Revision Update

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