What is a vacation?

Hey everyone!

We are almost done with our first semester of med school. Crazy, right?? Good luck to everyone on our last PC-1 final this week!

Here are the news for this week, and what to look forward to over break:

1. Prom is this Friday, December 16th, at 10PM. Be there or be square. Tickets are still available for $15 per person. Don’t forget that unlike our typical class-wide events, someone will be checking tickets at the door, so try to get there before 11PM.

Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/207032229706118/

Buy tickets http://yuleball.southwesternstudents.com/

2. Pathoma – Lots of people have been asking us when we’d offer Pathoma again. Before contacting Dr. Sattar to set up a new deal, we’d like to make sure there’s enough student interest. Please take 10 seconds (literally) to fill out this Pathoma interest survey (please fill it out even if you already bought Pathoma, it’s just one question!) https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSenr7BNoi72iV0k-UNXWfcjAjKCm-je8Ewym7RYP1h0818W1w/viewform

3. The class of 2021 is coming!! Please consider joining the Facebook group, they are fairly quiet right now but I’m sure they’ll have lots of questions soon. Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/334552986917679/

4. Student of the Week is Juan Reyna from Fashena College. Don’t forget to stop by the “Student Profile” tab to find out more about Juan.

That’s all for now.

Have a wonderful break, great holidays, and see you in the New Year!

Clementine and Umaru


Juan Reyna – Fashena College

Hometown: Houston, TX

Undergrad: University of Houston

Interests:  Documentaries (on historical figures and animals), electronics/digital signal processing/tinkering,  sleeping, The Bachelor/ette (shamefully).

Medical Interest: All kinds of surgery

Fun fact: I worked as an auto-mechanic from June 2005 until April 2016! Fixing cars is what first made me think about “fixing” humans, and I did not have this life changing idea until I was in my 20’s.

What I like about UTSW: By far, what I enjoy most is how welcome I feel by my classmates here. We are all going through this experience together and it really feels like a big family.

12/7/2016 Student Government Meeting

StuGov Meeting Agenda – December 7th, 2016 at 2:45pm

  1. Welcome
  2. Co-Presidents’ Updates
    1. Website overhaul – will be addressed by IT
    2. Toy Drive is over
    3. MS2 Election on Friday
    4. Therapy Dogs Event – Yarlini and Kevin
    5. New update submission online document feedback
  3. StuGov Updates
    1. Senators
      • Senators would like to thank everyone that participated in the Winter Olympics and we will be working on few things for the next Olympics.
      • Also, survey will be sent to everyone soon with regards to this semester’s colleges.
    2. Curriculum
      • We had a feedback meeting with the Course Directors for Human Structures last Wednesday.
      • We attended a Pre-Clerkship Curriculum meeting on Tuesday.
    3. Test – no updates
    4. OSR
      • The OSR 2020 project will be about student satisfaction with different preclinical curriculum tracks (1 yr vs 1.5 yr vs 2 yr). I’m in the process of writing my project proposal and will send it to the AAMC soon, and get started on writing the survey afterwards.
      • Project involving Dr. Tom Price has been postponed indefinitely. A group of students within the OSR are taking action against the nomination of Dr. Tom Price (Republican from Georgia) as DHHS Secretary.
    5.  DIA
      • Focus group was completed, 20 students attended, and we received valuable info which will be analyzed after break.
      • We would, at some point, hope to meet with Curriculum committee to discuss the feedback we received and improve diversity.
      • We will hold another Dishing With DIA in the spring.
      • The main topics that came up: we don’t really learn about how different cultures exist amongst the patients we see until the last block. We would want patients to maybe come in and talk about their cultural background and how it plays into their care.
      • Another topic was the anonymous submission forms – if incidents were to happen, regarding discrimination, there is an overwhelming consensus that it is not actually anonymous. There is a certain number of under-represented students, so even if they did submit a form, people would be able to pinpoint who did it.
    6. Education IT
      • Met with website administration staff last week with other class presidents to give feedback on the design of the new .edu feedback. If anyone is interested in getting involved (or has any ideas) in helping the website cater to student needs, let me know!
    7.  Electives
      • Met with Cooper and discussed his plan to come up with a Math in Medicine elective. The elective will talk about involving math in medicine and understanding why things happen, rather than just being told. There is a lot of strong interest in the class.
    8. Global Health
      • The GHIG officers have been selected! We’ll have our first officer meeting soon to begin discussing future events. Ideas include global awareness days, global health conference, skills clinics, etc.
      • Global health project workshop in early January
    9. Social Chairs
      •  we broke even and made more for prom. We want people to show up earlier (not like a social where we show up late) because it is a formal event. We need to check people in and we want to be done with that by 11. Possible drink vouchers for those who show up early.
  1. DART – Drug and Alcohol Responsibility Team: hoping to tackle education of student body on social responsibility and increasing awareness of substance abuse and mental health; continuously making sure students take responsibility for themselves and each other; hopefully have monthly round table discussions and helping keep people on track and keeping them thinking about these issues. We also want to have a pre-OP symposium to address alcohol and how to party safely. We also want to have a formal DD service and alcohol monitors at each event (working with social chairs.) We’ll also be working with welcoming committee to work out a mentoring thing. All voted in favor of DART committee.
  1. Research subcommittee met last week. We have 17 members. Meeting went well. We’ll be meeting with Amanda to discuss goals submitted by each member. We’ll be sending emails to professors over winter break and by beginning of January, we’ll have an organized list of research opportunities for students to look into.

Weekly Events 12/12 – 12/16

If you’d like your event to be included on the blog each week and my biweekly email (Monday/Wednesday), please email your event to Ahana.Yogesh@utsouthwestern.edu by Saturday night. Also, if you see your event on this email, please refrain from sending out individual event reminders unless you fall under an exception.


  1. PRSIG Officer Application due December 11th at 11:59 PM.


  2. Reminder: EMIG shadowing at Parkland & Children’s EDs is available 7 days/week from 7-11pm! Instructions & Sign-Ups:
  3. PMSIG: Sign up for Walk with a Doc.
  4. Sign up to perform in the Multicultural Show.
  5. Sign up to participate in the Multicultural Show’s Fashion Show.

Monday, December 12th

  1. Lunch Meetings
    1. SCF: Lunch Break Fellowship in Gooch C2.106: Christmas Celebration – Cowboy Chicken

Tuesday, December 13th

  1.  Lunch Meetings
    1. St. Basil Society: Winter Concert in Sanders Lounge with several short performances – free pizza and hot chocolate 

Friday, December 16th

  1. Lunch Meetings
    1. STS: Dr. Pietro Bajona, cardiothoracic surgeon – D1.700 – food provided on first come, first serve basis.
  2. Yule Ball
  1. Department of Ophthalmology: Ophthalmology Reception for Medical Students – January 4th in Faculty Club from 5 PM – 6:30 PM
    • RSVP to Susan.Rogers@UTSouthwestern.edu by Wednesday, December 28th.

What is Diphyllobothrium?

Hey everyone!

Only one more exam before VACATION TIME!!! Who’s excited?

News for this week:

1. Candlelight Vigil cards – We will be removing them from the Student Center and delivering them to the Willed Body Program tonight (Monday December 5th), so if you haven’t signed yours yet, head over there before 3:30PM today!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Vigil, clearly the most talented med students in the country all ended up at UTSW somehow.

If you have some thoughts, drawings, poems… etc… on anatomy that you’d like us to share on the blog, please send them to us.

2. Watch last Wednesday’s M&M recording to see our announcements about committees and more awesome stuff.

3. The next Student Government meeting is happening this Wednesday, December 7th, at 2:45PM. Anyone is welcome to attend.

4. New website design – We’ve had a couple meetings on the re-designing of the utsouthwestern.edu, utsouthwestern.net websites, as well as the development of a phone app for quicker access to all things UTSW-related. If you are interested in participating in focus groups on the topic in the future, please let Umaru and I know.

5. Prom tickets are now available! Yule Ball. December 16th. Be there or be square. Tickets are $15, or be an early bird and take advantage of the limited-time offer of 2 tickets for $25 until 12/7 (this Wednesday). Here’s the link to buy tickets and get excited: http://yuleball.southwesternstudents.com/

6. Student of the Week is Ivy Nguyen from Estabrook College. Don’t forget to stop by the “Student Profile” tab to find out more about Ivy.

As always, please contact us with any questions or concerns.

Clementine and Umaru

Ivy Nguyen – Estabrook College

featurephoto2Hometown: Austin, TX

Undergrad: Stanford University

Interests: Learning about EVERYTHING (curiosity did NOT kill the cat :P), exploring museums, baking & eating, reading

Medical Interest: Surgery; Medical devices

Fun Fact: During my gap year, I devoted myself to learning art because I never got the chance in school. I’m a little bit neurotic and a perfectionist so I found out that oil painting is the perfect medium for me. I can keep painting over my mistakes and pretend they never happened! My favorite subject are portraits. My ultimate goal though is to paint our family’s dog, a pomeranian, who refuses to sit still for a reference photo.

What I like about UTSW: I went with my gut feeling when I picked UTSW. There has not been a single day where I have not woken up in awe that I go to school with the most amazing people I have ever met in my life. We spend the whole day together studying and stressing, but when we have free time, we choose to also spend it together. I can’t get enough of everyone. That’s the sign that I made the right choice.

Weekly Events 12/5 – 12/11


  1. STD Lectures Officer Application due December 9th at 11:59 PM.
  2. MPSIG Officer Application due December 6th at 5:00 PM.

    • Submit statement via email. 
  3. Wilderness Medicine Society Officer Application due December 4th (tonight) at 11:59 PM.

  4. Reminder: EMIG shadowing at Parkland & Children’s EDs is available 7 days/week from 7-11pm! Instructions & Sign-Ups:
  5. PMSIG: Sign up for Walk with a Doc.
  6. EMIG: Sign up for Dallas Marathon on December 11th.

  7. Sign up to perform in the Multicultural Show.
  8. Sign up to participate in the Multicultural Show’s Fashion Show.
Monday, December 5th
  1. Lunch Meetings
    1. PRSIG: Dr. Rod Rohrich (former department chairman and editor-in-chief of PRS Journal): Cosmetics versus Reconstruction in D1.700 – Chick-fil-A for first 35 
    2. SCF: Lunch Break Fellowship in Gooch C2.108 – Chick-fil-A provided
    3. SSIM: GIMSPP Informational Meeting in D1.600 – Chipotle for those who RSVPd
Tuesday, December 6th
  1.  Lunch Meetings 
    1. IDIG: Dr. Erin McElvania Tekippe: Identification of Blood Culture Pathogens in D1.102 – food provided
    2. OGH: Global Health Grand Rounds on The Global HIV/AIDS Effort in D1.502 – food provided
    3. GIG: Dr. Roche: Patient Advocacy in Gooch C2.108 – boxed lunch to those who RSVPd
    4. SNMADr. Clarice Grimes in D1.600

    5. NSIG: Panel of Current Neurosurgery Residents in D1.200
  2. FMIG Suture Workshop at 5 PM for those who RSVPd – pizza 
  3. AGAPE Ophthalmology Clinic will send out sign-ups at 5 PM for the clinic on Saturday, December 10th from 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM (2 available spots)
Wednesday, December 7th
  1. Lunch Meetings
    1. SIGN: Dr. Benjamin Greenberg: Neuro-Autoimmune Diseases in D1.700 – food provided for first 30 
    2. MSTARInformation Session in Gooch C2.108 from 1:30-2:30 PM. Food provided.
      • RSVP to kristine.winlock@utsouthwestern.edu
  2.  Elective WHEE: Dr. Christy Tucker: Women’s Mental Health – Pizza Patron
  3. Elective Humanism in Medicine: “Homelessness” from 5 -7 PM in D1.106. 


Thursday, December 8th 
    1.    Lunch Meetings
            1. RIG: Dr. Lee Pride: Neuro-Interventional Radiology in D1.100 – Chick-fil-A for first 30
     2.    Gold Humanism Honor Society: Humans of Parkland from 1-2 PM.
  1. Save the Date: December 16th – Yule Ball