The Catalyst

Board review improvements discussed

The staff at the Center for Academic Excellence-Writing Center held a national training program for medical educators from around the country. The conference showcased CAE-WC's collaboration with the College of Medicine to create and refine a Step 1 Board Review program.

Center for Academic Excellence-Writing Center's Dr. Tom Smith reviews information on his smartphone with colleagues Dr. Jennie Ariail, center, and Christine Huggins.
Center for Academic Excellence-Writing Center's Dr. Tom Smith reviews information on his smartphone with colleagues Dr. Jennie Ariail, center, and Christine Huggins.

The motivation for the conference was concern expressed by medical educators about resources offered to students preparing for Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Exam or COMLEX, the national certifying exam for students seeking degrees in osteopathic medicine.

CAE-WC faculty designed an interactive conference as national participants and one from Israel worked in groups through four phases of the program, which was led by Tom Smith, Ph.D., associate director of CAE-WC. Other faculty participants included Jennie Ariail, Ph.D., program director; Shannon Richards Slaughter, Ph.D.; Lisa Kerr, Ph.D.; and Joe Adams, M.D. John Freedy, M.D., associate dean for student affairs, College of Medicine, gave the keynote address, "Building Cathedrals."

A highlight of the conference was the medical student panel featuring Kyle Radack, Simon Brown, Krupa Desai and Matt Bradshaw — all experienced Step 1 exam students by this time in their careers — along with Natalie Christian, a second-year COM student who is trying to learn all she can about ways to be successful on her upcoming Step 1.

CAE first offered its Step 1 program to interested students in 1999, and the program has been so successful that all second-year COM students now participate. In addition, this model has been adapted and some iteration of it is offered to all university students who are required to sit for national board/certifying exams.

 

 
 
 

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