From 1989 to 1992, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission on Medical Education: The Sciences of Medical Practice (CME)—consisting of 12 national leaders in medical education from both the clinical and basic sciences—met eight times to develop a definition of the science requirements that are needed for graduation from medical school. These requirements could then serve as specifications for a medical school curriculum in the sciences basic to medicine.
The commission released its recommendations in a report that generated much controversy among basic scientists, officials at the NBME), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) staff and program participants of the foundation's Preparing Physicians for the Future national program.
The project was part of the RWJF Preparing Physicians for the Future: A Program in Medical Education national program.
Key Recommendations: As reported in The Journal of the American Medical Association (1992), key recommendations included: