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Minutes: April 19, 2006
351st MEETING OF THE MEDICAL SCHOOL COUNCIL
3 p.m., Wednesday, April 19, 2006
School of Medicine Administration, Board Room 103
PRESENT: Drs. Dagnelie, DeLeon, Denmeade, Hillis, Holcroft, Honeycutt, Magaziner, Martins, Niv, Pidcock, Tompkins, Yaster, Messrs. Prucz and Watkins, Mss. Foy and Sandone.
ABSENT: Drs. Adger, Ain, Aucott, Bergles, Bhatti, Blok, Caterina, Chan, Choi, Colecraft, Cooper, Cormack, Efron, Flynn (excused), Gabrielson, Guity, Huang, Iacobuzio-Donahue, Lehmann, Liu, Lorsch, Miller, Mooney, Peters, Pomper, Robinson, Roper, Schulick, Sterni, Walker, Woolf, Zellars, Messrs. Bagga and Grelotti.
GUESTS: Dr. Thomas, Mss. Heiser and Sanders.
The minutes of the March 15, 2006 meeting were approved.
II. LCME Site Visit Report- Dr. Patricia Thomas, Associate Dean for Curriculum
Dr. Thomas reviewed the LCME review process starting with the self-study that began in Fall 2004 through the site-visit in February 2006. The interim Site-Visit Report which has recently been received comes back in three components: Institutional Strengths, Not in Compliance, and Transition Issues.
Under Institutional Strengths the report noted Dr. Miller has raised the bar for medical education by providing more resources. The new administrative structure in student affairs was identified as providing strong student support. The broad and diverse patient base and outstanding array of research opportunities were noted as strengths of the educational program. The Institution was viewed as having a talented management team and strength in both the financial and development areas.
With respect to areas of Non-Compliance the site visitors identified the following:
Debt management counseling
University Health Service
General facilities for education
Lack of dedicated study space
Welch Library hours and space
Areas of Transition identified included:
The new college advising system
Timeliness of clerkship grades
Progress of racial diversity among faculty
The Dean's office is preparing a response to the interim report which will be addressed by the site-visit team prior to submission to the LCME for action.
Several "non-compliance" issues will be addressed as the administration believes the site visitors require additional information before submitting a final report to the LCME.
Because of the major curriculum effort currently underway, the administration anticipates LCME approval with a review in two years.
In response to questions, Dr. Thomas reported the student survey portion of the report was completed a year prior to the site visit and several areas of student concern had been addressed by the time of the site visit. The School of Medicine Financial Aid Office structure is being reorganized and this should address several student issues.
It was also noted the Financial Aid Office is a resource for housestaff and fellows who have questions regarding loan deferments.
III. Update on Professsional Development Office * Ms. Wendy Sanders, Assistant Dean for Graduate and Medical Education
The Professional Development Office was established five years ago to assist postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. Within the past few months the office has been expanded to include faculty development.
Ms. Sanders reviewed the courses offered which include Grant Writing, Writing a Biomedical Research Paper, and Giving a Research Talk. Future plans include courses in revising training grant applications and transition from postdoctoral student to new faculty. In response to LCME standards, courses in teaching residents how to teach, and how to teach a small group discussion were jointly offered with Dr. Pat Thomas, Associate Dean for Curriculum.
Ms. Sanders addressed funding challenges in providing additional courses for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows as tuition remission is not available to support these students.
There was discussion on whether effective outcome studies have been done to assess the program. Several suggestions were made that may assist Ms. Sanders in developing such measures.
Ms. Sanders stressed the need for faculty input in developing new courses and asked Medical School Council members for suggestions to assist with course design and presentation.
IV. Other Business
There being no further business this meeting was adjourned at 4:15 p.m.
Mary E. Foy
Future Medical School Council meetings:
All meetings will be held in the School of Medicine Board Room (SOM 103), 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
May 24, 2006
June 21, 2006