Council Minutes for May 2015:

Persons in Attendence:

15 students and Cliff Harding



-Summer Retreat: all speakers are now confirmed and the agenda has been revised with Kathy, in order to optimize timing. Please submit t-shirt designs to the MSTP Office. Voting for shirts will take place by the end of May.

-Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)+4: MSTP will hold our session on Tuesday, October 20th at 6pm.  We will contact PhD 1 volunteers by late May, after some have finished with Step 1.

-Intro to MSTP: they are going camping and either getting shirts or dinner

-Communications: Nisch congratulated those who help communicate with applicants this year on a job well done. He is working on a website mockup in the coming months

-GSC: Zita has secured an MSTP seat on the new GSC merger.  GSC has also secured some funding to subsidize students who want to seek dental care outside of the school, this coming year.

CWRU is raising funds for Nepal. You can make a secure donation online at (leaving the note “Nepal Earthquake Fundraiser” in the “Special Instructions” box):

-Faculty Council: Anna relayed that faculty is working on creating more equality between credit given for time spent on clinical duties vs. teaching responsibilities.

-Committee on Medical Education: Gloria and DaShawn relayed that it’s important to take the LCME (Liaison Committee on Medical Education) survey, in preparation for the re-accreditation of our medical school:

In addition, ongoing efforts continue, to renovate and prepare our current space for when we transition to the new medical school campus. Grading for 3rd year clerkships is continuing to be revised for transparency, fairness and comparability between sites.

Council had an insightful discussion regarding the CME decision that medical students are now required to take a practice Step 1 exam at the end of Block 6, administered through CWRU and meet their Society Dean, regarding the results. Council suggested that, given that students have unique study schedules, timelines for taking Step 1 and given that the test is now administered online, it would be optimal to have the mandatory Society Dean meeting before they take this test (by the end of Block 6, many have already decided on a strategy and begun Step 1 study) and that the mandatory test be administered on a somewhat flexible schedule, with multiple dates offered for those with different study schedules/test dates.

-Social: Kevin Allan did a great job organizing a Great Lakes Brewery tour with Mitchell’s ice cream afterwards. Over 20 MSTPs came out and all had a great time. He will send Crista photo documentation. J The annual MSTP Graduation party will take place on Wednesday 5/13 at 5 pm in the 4th floor window lounge.



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