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Summary of 3-22-01 CME Minutes 

  1. Announcements

Nothing has been heard from either the Faculty Council or the Committee on Committees regarding the defined role of the CME.

We are currently in the middle of a search for a Vice Dean for Education.  Dr. Richard Aach mentioned that there are many quality external candidates to review.  Candidates represent a range in expertise and possess formal education backgrounds.

Pamela B. Davis, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Center, is heading the search for a Vice Dean for Research. 

  1. Today was Match Day.

Dr. Aach, Associate Dean for Residency and Career Planning, estimated that approximately 95% of our students matched.  Those that did not match were in highly competitive residencies.  Ninety-two and one-half percent of our students matched in one of their top three choices.  Since our students were encouraged to apply to the best residency programs in the country, this percent figure is remarkably high.  Our students will be training in 24 different states.  Approximately 20% of our students remain in Cleveland at our affiliates.  The number has been dropping slightly over the last few years.  Three of our students are going to Henry Ford.  The topic of Primary Care arose.  Only four CWRU students applied to Family Medicine programs this year, as opposed to a one-time high in the twenties.  This reduction is reflected in national figures, too.  Internal Medicine seems to be holding its own.  Pediatrics is not marked by a downward trend.  The number of applicants to combined Medicine/Pediatrics has increased; five of our graduating students will be entering this specialty.  Dr. Aach stated that student interest in such specialties as anesthesiology, radiation oncology, and radiology is increasing.  Dr. Headrick mentioned that based on data over the last three years (it is too soon for this year’s figures), 80-90% of Primary Care Track students have gone into Primary Care compared with only 40-60% of our traditional students in the regular curriculum.

  1. Mrs. Virginia Saha, Director of the Cleveland Health Sciences Library, mentioned that the electronic version of all the Nature journals is online.  Access is free to CWRU students, faculty, and staff.  The best way to access is from the CWRU Health Sciences Library Home Page.

  2. Student CME Report

The Primary Care Residency Fair will take place Thursday, April 12, from noon to 2:00 p.m. in the BRB Lobby.  Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Pediatrics will be represented.

Year II students’ exhaustion mentioned in reaction to the two-exams-in-one-day format for Pulmonary and Renal Friday, March 16.

Dr. Smith emphasized that results of the NBME Comprehensive Basic Science Examination are strictly confidential.  Only the individual student and Dr. Wile see the student’s score.

Concern expressed over those students delaying scheduling of the USMLE Step 2.  This year students schedule the exam on their own, so they can take it quite late.  If they wait too long and then fail the USMLE Step 2, they may not have sufficient time to re-take it before graduation.  We are adhering to the requirement that a student must pass the USMLE Step 2 in order to graduate.

Students have shown an interest in Henry Ford for this coming year—9 Primary Care Track students will take clerkships, and some other students want to spend their entire year there.  Approximately 50 southeast Michigan students interviewed for CWRU medical school admission at Henry Ford.  Regional interviewing is intended to ease some of the travel burden on medical school applicants.  Of course, Henry Ford would like students to do their clerkships there, but there are several options. 

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