Council Minutes for November  2014:

Persons in Attendence:

~20 MSTP Students and Cliff Harding



-The APSA Midwest Regional Meeting is Saturday, November 15th, and begins at 8 am. Currently, ~60 student from at least 10 institutions are registered. Student helper spots for registration table in the morning and for the undergraduate lunch table have been filled. Breakfast, lunch and a post-event reception will be provided


-Cliff gave an overview of the Individual Development Plan (IDP) that has been modified for MSTP students. Cliff stressed that it is a professional development and career-planning document, not an assessment tool. The IDP itself was not discussed in detail at the meeting but it should help you identify and share your goals. It will only be shared with your IDP mentor (in your PhD, this may be your PhD advisor, in your MD, this may be your society dean), Cliff, George and Kathy, only. This document will be online in early December and will apply to students in all phases of the MSTP. This first year, it will take some time to populate all fields of the form, but in following years, the form will be populated with previous answers, and thus you will only need to make any relevant changes/additions


-Next MSTP Monthly Meeting: Thursday, November 13th, 6 pm in T501. The subject is Deep Brain Stimulation


-We are currently deciding on a location and keynote for Summer Retreat 2015. Brenden and team gave a nice PowerPoint showing options for both locations and keynotes. They will send a survey for us to decide between Sawmill Creek Resort, Maumee Bay and Punderson Manor Resort, in the coming weeks. They will also send a survey to help slim down our top 3 speakers to contact


-Intro to MSTP is spending their money this year on dinner and t-shirts


-Communications: Case School of Medicine is switching to a new website platform. On a separate note, students need to make sure they participate in emailing applicants. The new MSTP site may look into creating a CV uploading option for individual students on their site


-Community Service: Is planning a men’s shelter cooking event


-Graduate Student Senate: Pam, Anna and Gloria will attend the GSS Town Hall on 11/17 @ 4:30 pm in Nord 356 to discuss incorporation of an MSTP representative into the new GSS/Graduate Professional Council merger. The current suggested model would give the MSTP one seat out of a proposed eight seats for the School of Medicine. Zita has been attending the transition meetings and staying on top of structural changes


-Faculty Council: Jen highlights that money/fundraising still a concern for the School of Medicine, since much of the current money is linked to special projects and separately, that the School of Medicine is currently working to improve information technology services for the school


-Committee on Medical Education: Gloria highlights that medical students interested in collaborating with UH residency programs on global health medicine should contact Dr. Susan Federoff at UH. Separately, CWRU will be hosting the Latino Medical Student Association in April 2015. CWRU SOM is again fully LCME accredited, with one pending issue to resolve, regarding the anatomy department. Cleveland Clinic students that are rising into their clinical years will now be recommended to try to do all four core clerkships within the Clinic system, for ease of grading.  The Clinical Skill Exam is now officially a requirement for graduation. If you take it and fail, as long as you successfully remediate, this counts towards passing for graduation.  Amy Wilson Delfosse gave a summary of the Class of 2014 University Track’s graduation survey results. The summary reports deficiencies in the clerkship years but a very strong research focus.  If you are interested in seeing the summary, please email Gloria Tavera,


-The Biomedical Graduate Student Organization is planning for their 2015 research symposium. They also hold a social at ABC Tavern once a month


-The Social Committee reports that the 11/13 Science After Dark event is sold out. The holiday party planning is underway. They welcome other social event suggestions


-The MSTP Women’s group will send two representatives, Zita Hubler and Anna Czapar, to the University of Pittsburgh’s 2015 Women in Science and Medicine Association Doctoral Directions conference in the spring.  They will plan a breakout session for the conference, help recruit other students to attend and will begin the planning process with an introductory meeting at 8 pm on Thursday, 11/20.


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