Committee on Medical Education

Group photo of the Committee of Medical Education

The Committee on Medical Education (CME) is a committee of the Faculty Council. CME evaluates, reviews, and makes recommendations concerning overall goals and policies of the two medical education programs, the University Program (CWRU) and the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine Program (CCLCM). 


The first meeting of the Western Reserve University School of Medicine Committee on Medical Education took place on October 30, 1950. Chaired by T. Hale Ham, the CME was organized to effect the new curriculum revision as an active representative of the general faculty.

Today, according to the CME charge amended on February 17, 2003, membership consists of:

  • the chair
  • nine elected faculty members
    • at least three from clinical science departments
    • at least three from basic science departments
  • two faculty members appointed by the dean
  • four student members, each elected by his/her class
  • all four curriculum leadership council chairs
  • the vice dean for education

The privilege of voting is accorded to the nine elected faculty members, the two appointed faculty members, the four curriculum leadership council chairs, and the second and fourth year student members.


The CME encourages the expression of all viewpoints by faculty, students, and administrators in its attempt to improve existing policy and create innovative programs. According to its charge, the CME has the following responsibilities:

  • defining the overall objectives of medical education
  • reviewing class cohort performance on board qualifying exams
  • evaluating the overall content and appropriateness of the educational program and curriculum leading to the MD degree (including the MD portion of joint degree programs) by defined expectations and on a regular basis
  • assuring that the quality of teaching is reviewed on a regular basis
  • promoting the integration within and among all phases of the educational program and curriculum
  • ensuring the appropriateness of the representation of each discipline within the curricular content
  • suggesting, promoting, and evaluating new approaches to medical education
  • reviewing the implementation of education policy