What is a T-cell?

Hi everyone!

We hope you have enjoyed this golden weekend. Here are the updates for this week:

1. SketchyMed – Waqas H. and Kevin N., your local Educational IT dudes, are working on obtaining a group discount on SketchyMedical, which was the preferred O&H educational aid for many students last year. It provides a set of video lectures with mnemonic illustrations designed to help students memorize material as efficiently as possible. Here is the link so you can check it out https://www.sketchymedical.com/. We will send an update about the class deal once we have more information. Please check out the poll Kevin posted on Facebook to let us know whether you are interested in subscribing.
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2. Student of the Week – Visit the student profile tab to learn about Tina Chu of Fashena College. If you are interested in being highlighted as student of the week, please contact your senators. This is a fun way to learn about our classmates!aaaaaaaaa  
3. SLC updates
  • Student Wellness – We met with Drs. Wiles and Haley, who reminded us of a few key things.
    • Your first appointment with Student Wellness is free.
    • Subsequent appointments are free for students on the Student Insurance Plan, and if you have a different health plan, the office can check your insurance to tell you if you have a deductible.
    • They are located in the S building, on the 2nd floor. If you are facing the Student Center, look to your left, and you should see a ramp, which leads to the Student Wellness office.
    • Wait times can be long but if you have an emergency, they will do their best to fit you in that same day.
    • Please take care of your well-being, med school is hard, there is no shame in needing help from a therapist.
    • They are 100% confidential, unless you specifically ask them to talk to another office on campus.
  • Parking/Medpark – For parking, there is construction on North Campus but no updates for South Campus at the moment. We raised the issue of not having enough housing available at Medpark for incoming first year med students. For now there is no plan to build more student housing but we will be following up on this in the near future.
  • This week we will be having a joint meeting with DIA representatives. Send us any questions or concerns you have about diversity and inclusion on campus.
4. Wall of Memories – Please check out pictures from Halloween posted by Kevin.
We did not receive any photos from y’all last week so here we go again! Please consider sending us some photos. A new feature of our class blog will be to create themed albums featuring our class every week within a new tab entitled “Wall of Memories”. This week’s theme will be Pre+OP weekend. Please send us any pictures you have of Pre+OP weekend so that we can upload them. Note: Only pictures featuring at least 2 classmates will be added to the blog.
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5. PC1/PC3 Wellness Activity and Lecture – On Wednesday November 2nd, PC1 and PC3 students will be attending a required wellness event at 1PM. The goal is for us to interact with PC3s and mentors to discuss any lingering questions or comments . Please refer to Evan Barrios’ email (sent Friday 10/28) for further information. There is also a Snyder lecture that will happen at 2:30pm at Gooch. Please make time to attend this lecture.
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6. Candlelight Vigil reminder – Anatomy appreciation event on November 28th, 2016. This service is organized each year to give medical students and faculty the chance to express our gratitude for the gifts made to our medical education by the donors and their family members. Anatomy is like no other experience in medicine, and we are truly humbled by their decision. As part of the candlelight vigil, we will have student speakers/performers along with faculty speakers. If you are interested in speaking or performing (Spoken word, Poetry, Singing, etc..), please email Umaru (Umaru.barrie@utsouthwestern.edu) and I (Clementine.young@utsouthwestern.edu). The deadline to contact us will be November 11th, 2016 at 5pm.
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7. StuGov Subcommittees reminder – YOU can create a subcommittee within stugov to address an important aspect of medical education. One or multiple members of the student body may present a proposed subcommittee to the Co-Presidents at any time. Upon unanimous approval by the Co-Presidents, the founding student(s) is (are) required to attend a Cabinet meeting for confirmation of their subcommittee. The subcommittee will be confirmed by a two-thirds vote in the affirmative. Following formal establishment, subcommittee members will be recruited by the Subcommittee Chair(s). The subcommittee members shall be approved by the Co-Presidents. Any member of the student body is eligible to participate in a subcommittee.
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8. Flu shot reminder – Don’t forget to get it if you haven’t already! The deadline is November 11th. It is important and you can get barred from clinical areas if you do not get it by then.
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9. Student Government Meeting – Our next StuGov meeting will take place this Wednesday November 2nd at 3:45PM. Everyone is welcome to attend.
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10. Official Facebook Page – We have 224 people on our official Facebook page, which is ALMOST our entire class. If you are not on it yet, here’s the link to join! https://www.facebook.com/groups/697961433684749/
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Best of luck with the beginning of O&H plus accelerated Anatomy. As always, please reach out to us with any questions or concerns.
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Clementine and Umaru

Weekly Events Oct 31-Nov 6

All Week:

  1. Continue to apply for SCF Spring Break Medical Mission Trips to Guatemala and El Paso. Applications due Nov. 4th.
  2. Sign up to help with AMWA’s Medical Student “Panels” with Interviewees on Saturdays of Interview Weekends!
  3. Sign up to perform in Mr. & Mrs. UT Southwestern (Link 1) or to bake in the Bake Off (Link 2)!
  4. Sign up for the Beard and Mane Auction to raise money for on campus labs researching prostate cancer!
  5. Sign up to Volunteer with Healthy Living and Teach Middle & High Schoolers about Healthy Life Styles!

Monday, October 31

  1. Lunch Meetings
    1. SCF Meeting in C2.108 – Food Provided
    2. Women’s Health Interest Group: Ob/Gyn Resident Panel in D1.600 – Food for the RSVPed
  2. V-Day Bake Sale: Raise Funds to Stop Violence Against Women from 11am-1pm Outside South Campus Cafeteria
  3. SAMSA Diwali Celebration in Sanders Lounge from 5:00-7:00pm with Indian Food and Henna!
  4. DEADLINE: BEANS Officer Application due

Tuesday, November 1

  1. Lunch Meetings
    1. ELECTIVE: Patient-Centered Communication Strategies: Talking about tolerance, transitions, and type-casting – communication with the LGBTQ community by Arti Barnes in D1.102
    2. Global Health Grand Rounds: The Global Epidemic of Injury by Dr. Nwariaku in D1.502
    3. Geriatrics Interest Group: Case Discussion in C2.108 – Boxed Lunch for the RSVPed
  2. ELECTIVE: Med Ed II: Medical Education Research Workshop by Dr. Mihalic in S1.402 from 1:30-3:30pm
  3. ELECTIVE: Humanism in Medicine – Art of the Physical Exam from 5:00-6:30pm in Location TBD
  4. Annual AMWA Fall Meet & Greet from 6:00-8:00pm in Sanders Lounge for the RSVPed

Wednesday, November 2

  1. Lunch Meetings
    1. MSFC: Abortion in the Courtroom by Amanda Bennett (Client Services Manager for Janes Due Process) in D1.106 – Pizza Provided
      • Janes Due Process is a non-profit that provides legal representation for pregnant minors in TX.
    2. Geriatrics Interest Group: Dr. Ted Johnson from Emory Medical School in C2.108 – Boxed Lunch for the RSVPed
    3. ELECTIVE: WHEE: Abortion by Dr. Robin Wallace in D1.100 – Chipotle Provided

Thursday, November 3

  1. Lunch Meetings:
    1. ELECTIVE: Patient-Centered Communication Strategies: Diving into the Awkward Pause, End of Life Discussions with Patients & Families by Tamara MacGregor from Parkland Family Medicine Dept. in D1.106
    2. Pediatric Interest Group: Neonatology by Dr. Becky Ennis in D1.700 – Thai2Go for 30
    3. ELECTIVE: QI: Using QI Tools (Finding Solutions) in D1.100
  2. PRIDE Movie Night in S2.218 at 5pm showing Cloudburst with full fajita dinner!

Friday, November 4

  1. Lunch Meetings:
    1. Pathology Society Meeting: Careers in Pathology by Dr. Bret Evers in D1.100 – Pizza for 20
    2. OSIG: Dr. Kim – Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon from Texas Scottish Rite in G7 Conference Room – Food Provided
    3. ELECTIVE: WHEE: Abortion Discussion in Location TBD – Pizza Provided
  2. DEADLINE: Global Health Interest Group Officer Application Due at 11:59pm

Saturday, November 5

  1. AMWA Women’s Student Panel with Interviewees at 8am by Vending Machines
  2. Volunteer with DFW Hep B Free Screening

Sunday, November 6

  1. Volunteer with FROGS at Ronald McDonald House by Cooking Breakfast 7:00-9:30am, RSVP to Leslie Johnson

What is Hardy–Weinberg equilibrium?

Hi All,

We hope you all did well on the Anatomy exam. Here are your updates for the week.

1. Class of 2020 Blog – Welcome to our online blog. We will be working hard to make this blog exciting! Please do let us know if you have any ideas and suggestions.

2. Student of the week – Make sure you visit the student profile tab to learn about Emily Gao of Estabrook College. If you are interested in being highlighted as student of the week, please contact your senators. This is a fun way to learn about our classmates!

3. Student Leadership Council (SLC) – This Thursday October 26th, we will be meeting with Kenny Bourne of Parking & other auxiliary services (auxiliary services includes: student housing, food services, vending services).  If you have particular questions about student housing or food services, please let us know by Thursday so that we can inquire.

4. Wall of Memories – A new feature of our class blog will be to create themed albums featuring our class every week within a new tab entitled “Wall of Memories”. This week’s theme will be Pre+OP weekend. Please send us any pictures you have of Pre+OP weekend so that we can upload them. Note: Only pictures featuring at least 2 classmates will be added to the blog. 

5. Willed Body Candlelight Vigil – Anatomy Appreciation event on November 28th, 2016. This service is organized each year to give medical students and faculty the chance to express our gratitude for the gifts made to our medical education by the donors and their family members.Anatomy is like no other experience in medicine, and we are truly humbled by their decision. As part of the candlelight vigil, we will have student speakers/performers along with faculty speakers. If you are interested in speaking or performing (Spoken word, Poetry, Singing, etc..), please email Clementine (Clementine.young@utsouthwestern.edu) and I (Umaru.barrie@utsouthwestern.edu). The deadline to contact us will be November 11th, 2016 at 5pm.

6. M & M – October 26th, 2016 at 3pm. Save the date and make sure you will be in attendance.

7. Student Government Subcommittees – YOU can create a subcommittee within stugov to address an important aspect of medical education. One or multiple members of the student body may present a proposed subcommittee to the Co-Presidents at any time. Upon unanimous approval by the Co-Presidents, the founding student(s) is (are) required to attend a Cabinet meeting for confirmation of their subcommittee. The subcommittee will be confirmed by a two-thirds vote in the affirmative. Following formal establishment, subcommittee members will be recruited by the Subcommittee Chair(s). The subcommittee members shall be approved by the Co-Presidents. Any member of the student body is eligible to participate in a subcommittee.

Best of luck this week!

Umaru and Clementine

Weekly Events 10/24-10/30

All Week:

  1. Continue to apply for SCF Spring Break Medical Mission Trips to Guatemala and El Paso. Applications due Oct. 31st.
  2. Sign up to help with AMWA’s Medical Student “Panels” with Interviewees on Saturdays of Interview Weekends!
  3. Apply for Officer Positions with BEANS due October 31st (Link 1) and sign up to volunteer with them (Link 2).
    1. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScncQ3mRohPbuSTdczC3B_lxuEGtW9-QTePPpGwu5nqVpBHUw/viewform?c=0&w=1
    2. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1jAMCdxSd43TdXzuW8adEm0JrWiyOE9RsFwaGpARC4Cc/edit#gid=277055661
  4. Apply to ROSIG Officer Positions due November 11th at 9pm.

Monday, October 24

  1. Lunch Meetings
    1. SCF: Dr. Karen Andre, Ophthalmologist in C2.108 – Chick-fil-A Provided
    2. Infectious Disease SIG “Zika, The Arbovirus Du Jour” by Dr. Robert Haley in D1.106 at Noon – Food Provided
    3. SNaHP Health Justice Month: Social Safety Net in D1.600 – Lunch for 30
  2. Pumpkin Carving in Outdoor Pavilion at 5:00pm for college points!

Tuesday, October 25

  1. Lunch Meetings
    1. ELECTIVE: Patient-Centered Communication Strategies: Behavioral Change in Patients – Dr. Sardone in D1.102
  2. AMWA Women in Surgery Open House at 6:00pm in Meadows Lounge – Refreshments Provided

Wednesday, October 26

  1. Lunch Meetings
    1. ELECTIVE: Med Ed II: IRB for Medical Education by Dr. Sadler in D1.102
    2. ELECTIVE: WHEE: STD’s and Sexual Health by Dr. Johnson in D1.100 – Bistro Bi Sandwiches
    3. ROSIG: Gastrointestinal Radiology by Dr. Edward Chen in D1.106 – Lunch for 30
  2. DEADLINE: RSVP for SAMSA Diwali Celebration on Monday, October 31st from 5:00-7:00pm in Sanders Lounge

Thursday, October 27

  1. Lunch Meetings:
    1. ELECTIVE: Patient-Centered Communication Strategies: Options Counseling for Pregnant Patients by Ms. Beaver, MSSW in D1.102
    2. ELECTIVE: Humanism in Medicine: Palliative Care in D1.100
  2. DEADLINE: RSVP to attend Doctors in Training (DIT) Info Session by 11am. (See Upcoming section below)

Friday, October 28

  1. Lunch Meetings:
    1. DIA: “Dishing with DIA: Student-Led Discussion on Women in Medicine & Religion and Spirituality” in D1.200 – Lunch for 35
  2. SCF Fellowship Night: Food, Fun, and Worship at 3503 University Park Lane, Irving TX starting at 5:30pm. Contact scf.utsw@google.com or 713-264-2614 for more info.
  3. DEADLINE: TMA/AMA Officer Application due at 5pm
    1. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1X5x61-momA3ytxgKknhOWBL8HsAlKqqmq4tgmvE4e9I/viewform?edit_requested=true

Saturday, October 29

  1. AMWA Women’s Student Panel with Interviewees at 8am by Vending Machines
  2. Campus Orchestra Rehearsal at 4:00pm in Gooch

Sunday, October 30

  1. SCF: Ladies’ Tea Party with Female Physicians on October 30th from 2-4pm at 3503 University Park Lane, Irving, TX 75062 (email scf.utsw@gmail.com for more information)

Upcoming:

  1. AMWA Fall Meet and Greet on November 1st from 6-8pm in Sanders Lounge for the RSVPed
  2. Doctors in Training (DIT) is a STEP resource mentioned at the M&M. They’ll be holding an info session off campus at Campisi’s on Tuesday, Nov. 1st from 12:30-1:30pm. They’ll serve lunch and discuss their platform. Please RSVP by Thursday at 11am:

Emily Gao – Estabrook College

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Hometown: Galveston, TX

Undergrad: University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Travel, exploring new places, tennis, dancing, food, boba, online shopping, Netflix

Medical Interests: Pediatrics or family medicine

Fun Fact: My favorite thing to cook is brussels sprouts.

What I like about UTSW: I love that the people at UTSW – the students, faculty, and mentors – have all made me feel like I belong here, and that they genuinely care about our success.

 

What’s a sinus?

Hi y’all, and welcome to our shiny new class of 2020 blog!

With the anatomy exam looming ever closer, this will be a short post. Here are the updates for the upcoming week:

1. Second Student Government meeting — We met on Wednesday and Ahana typed up wonderful meeting notes. You are able to read the meeting minutes under the tab entitled “Student Government” if you are interested in finding out what was discussed.

2. Pathoma — The class discount deadline has passed, but we will look into offering another class deal before the Hematology block begins in the spring if there is enough interest.

3. Student Leadership Council — Every week, Wes Norred invites members of the school of health professions, graduate school, and medical school, to discuss various topics with guest speakers. The guests this week were Cameron Slocum and Wade Radicioni, who came to tell us about the process involved with setting tuition and fees. We will be meeting with them again soon to discuss the matter further.
Next Thursday (the 27th), Dr. Preston Wiles and Dr. Charlotte Haley will be telling us about Student Wellness and Counseling Services. Please email us if you have any questions you’d like us to ask.

4. Mock anatomy practical #2 is taking place tomorrow (Sunday, October 16th), don’t forget to bring $10.

5. LCME deadline is Sunday, October 16th (tomorrow), please participate in the survey if you haven’t already. It takes less than 5 minutes and we need a 75% response rate in order to comply with LCME accreditation guidelines.

6. Student Profile of the Week — Every week, we will feature a fellow class of 2020 student on our blog. Kiera Mason (Cary College) volunteered to be featured in our first post. Her profile is posted in the “Student Profile” tab, so head over there to learn more about her. If you are interested in being featured, reach out to your College Senator. This should be a fun way to learn more about all of our classmates.

7. Flu Shots — Don’t forget to get it if you haven’t already! The deadline is November 11th. It is important and you can get barred from clinical areas if you do not get it by then.

Good luck this week, please reach out if you have any questions, concerns, or general musings.

Clementine and Umaru

Kiera Mason — Cary College

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Hometown: Hutto, TX

Undergrad: Johns Hopkins University

Interests: Drawing & dance

Medical Interests: OB/GYN (possibly Maternal-Fetal Medicine)

Fun Fact: I love taking care of succulents

What I like about UTSW: I like that UTSW encourages growth and exploration. I may or may not have signed up for four electives; and I only regret not being able to attend the lunch meetings that occur at the same time of my electives

10/12/2016 Student Government Meeting

1. Co-President updates
a. Student Health Meeting rescheduled
b. Tuition meeting tomorrow, send us questions if you have any
Let us know with questions before noon tomorrow so they can be brought to the meeting.
c. LCME Update
LCME survey is close to 75% response rate. Senators, please let individual members know and remind them to submit the short survey.

2. Constitution
a. Amendments
The Constitution should reflect the change in the OSR elections, where students vote on candidates that have been vetted by Dr. Mihalic and Dr. Wagner, rather than it being only a dean’s choice.
We should add the DIA election process in the Constitution – it should be specifically outlined and carried out in a similar fashion to OSR.
The way the spending limit was announced at the time of the election didn’t respect the Constitution; there were a few discrepancies. Nothing in the Constitution needs to be changed, with regards to the spending limit for student government candidates.
Keep the election time/voting deadline vague in the Constitution.
The test committee got changed from 4 to 2 members.
Mass emails to MS2020/student body should go to Ahana first and then with her go-ahead, they can be sent to the class. This would not apply to when we send Curriculum emails before a course begins, or when Curriculum committee emails professors.
Surveys will go to Ahana first.
If you want to post something on Facebook that that should be pinned, let us know so we can pin it.
We’ll remove all the old subcommittees from the list and then add them as we go on a need basis.
b. Vote on the newly edited Constitution
Clementine: All those in favor of constitution – [all members were in favor]

3. Reminders
a. When important meetings happen, submit the google form
There should be 1 update submitted via the Google form per important meeting.
b. Use the StuGov One Drive for position updates and record events
For not-as-important meetings (any meeting that happens), put together a Word document and use OneDrive that Kevin created and stick stuff in there. The Google form is for the most important meetings. Use OneDrive for smaller meetings (focus groups, surveys, updates, etc.) so everyone can access them. This serves as a system of records so we and future classes can see how we pulled off events or how the birthday celebrations are set up, etc.
c. Send Umaru, Clementine, and Ahana an email by Sunday night prior to StuGov meetings if you would like to make an announcement to StuGov
Make sure to send emails for the StuGov agenda by Sunday night by 8 pm before the meeting. In addition, also copy Ahana as well as Clementine and Umaru.
d. Do not send emails to the entire class unless they are pre-approved by Ahana
StuGov meeting emails go to Ahana, weekly event emails go to Hannah Justice until November.

4. Announcements
a. OSR – Sanjana
Sanjana: Tomorrow, I am having a focus group to talk about OSR from 4-5 in a library study room.

b. Electives – Donald and Gautam
Electives will remain at lunch time.

c. DIA – Paul and Somto
There is a diversity lunch next week, and a school-wide forum, probably on November 16th during lunch (we will make an announcement soon) – students can discuss issues with diversity with DEA reps and this information will go to the deans. There is a campus climate survey meeting scheduled for Thursday, October 20th, and an email will be sent out with updates. We want to have our first lunch discussion about being allies for people of color and LGBTQ. Other DEA reps need to be contacted but we will have more information soon.

d. Convergence – Al and Rodney
We had a meeting last week and we’ve been giving recommendations by the associate dean of the PA school to reach out to their social chairs – this will involve social chairs, convergence chairs and presidents. There’s an innovation project (case competition) that we could get interdisciplinary teams for, and enter state/national-type competitions.

e. Secretary – Ahana
Secretary’s role will be to take minutes during meetings, post them on OneDrive and the student blog, and send out weekly academic schedule emails. For now, weekly events will still go through Hannah Justice.

f. Social Chairs – Ajay, Connor, Pooja
We’re doing a prom in the fall semester, one for MS1 and one for MS2 – we’re thinking of themes and one idea was Harry Potter, so if we have any ideas, submit it to social chairs.
Halloween party on October 28th. Open to all classes.

g. Test committee – Matthew, Kevin
Test committee is meeting with Dr. Nguyen on Thursday to go through and present the challenges and finish that up.

h. Curriculum – Aakash, Christian
For feedback, if we really like something, you should let us know so we can keep it the same.
There are 3 key things about syllabi – they’re set 2 months before a class starts; a lot of professors have not written their own and don’t want to rewrite them, so they’re not always familiar with the syllabus; the reason they want people in class is because many professors only book their calendars for the lecture that they give – if there’s something wrong, they would rather know during those times they have blocked off, rather than later (this is going to be very important in organ blocks).
If a lot of students liked having questions at the end of lectures, maybe we can propose it to the larger curriculum committee so it becomes a more formal aspect – lecturers would be expected to present these questions.
Being proactive works well for the larger course committees for future courses. For actual structural changes, it’s very hard to make these if we’re in the middle of the course.
If we look ahead and see a conflicting or problematic date for exams or quizzes, tell us months in advance and we may be able to do something about it but if it’s right before the course starts, it’s hard. Rescheduling things is very hard.

i. Global Health – Emily
Global Health Distinction delegation form is due Saturday. (Standard 4 year track)

j. Senators:
Winter Olympics on December 1st. More information to come.
Goals: standardize big siblings program, create a mental health plan for individuals who are experiencing mental health problems (OSR, senators and convergence should get together and see how other schools do it); we should have a collegiate community service event – homeless shelter, or meals on wheels – senators can organize something like this.
Possible toy drive and/or Meals on Wheels for Thanksgiving.