Summary of 10-26-00 CME Minutes
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.
Brief discussion followed on todays front page article in The Plain Dealer Clinic, University
Hospitals, CWRU negotiating partnershipSecret talks target citys 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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