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Summary of 10-26-00 CME Minutes 

  1. Discussion of the AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) exit survey (“Medical School Graduation Questionnaire Report”)

This extensive questionnaire compares responses from CWRU fourth-year graduates with a nationwide sample of all fourth-year graduates from U.S. medical Schools.  The survey indicates percent of responses to approximately 39 categories of questions.  School-specific data are provided for three years:  2000, 1999, and 1998.  The sample size, however, at CWRU consisted of less than half the graduating seniors.  Less than 50% of CWRU graduating seniors filled out the survey, whereas on the national level, approximately 15,000 responses were received out of 16,500.   A discussion followed on points of interest in the survey that caught various individuals’ attention.  While important data and trends are contained, one needs to take into consideration the number of respondents when reading percentages.  One of the problems with voluntary surveys is not knowing whether the disgruntled students respond and/or whether the satisfied students respond.   There is a place for hand-written comments on the survey, which indicates whether the student is dissatisfied or happy.  Dr. LaManna mentioned his desire to get more CWRU medical students to fill out the AAMC exit survey.  He acknowledged that it is a long questionnaire and takes time to complete.

  1. Brief discussion followed on today’s front page article in The Plain Dealer “Clinic, University Hospitals, CWRU negotiating partnership—Secret talks target city’s medical future,” by Plain Dealer reporters Diane Solov and John Mangels and the adjacent article “Teaching doctors fret about keeping titles” by the same reporters.  Discussants noted that whatever the outcome, it will impact on medical education at CWRU.

The issue of governance and accountability to clinical education has not yet been clarified.  Should there be an affiliation with UH, Metro, the Clinic, what would be the governance if the responsibility no longer rests with the academic chair of the department?  How do we guarantee the quality of the clerkships across sites, if one central person does not have that responsibility?  Discussants suggested a committee approach to running the clerkships as a viable alternative.

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