What is Cholangitis?

Greetings MS2s,

One more Monday, one more quiz under our belts… We are less than halfway through GI, and somehow over 2/3rds done with the GI material. Go figure.

Here are the news for the week:

1. Parking Registration – The deadline to have a decal on your vehicle is September 1st, 2017 and the last day to register a vehicle via web is on August 26, 2017. Please see Dr. Mihalic’s email on August 1, 2017 for more information.

2. Interprofessional Social – The next event will be taking place at Truck Yard this Friday, August 25th, 5-7PM. See flyer attached to this email. Please see this link for event information.

3. Check out the Student Profile Tab to find out about Sumanth Reddy from Fashena College.

That’s all for this week!

Clementine and Umaru

Sumanth Reddy – Fashena College

IMG_2658Hometown: Austin, Texas

Undergrad: UT Austin

Interests: Cooking, traveling, basketball, Netflix

Medical Interests: Haven’t decided on a specialty but I definitely want to be involved in global health throughout my career.

Fun Fact: I have a super cute pup named Leo

What I like about UTSW: I love how diverse our class is in so many ways. Everyone has a unique perspective and this makes every day on campus interesting!

Weekly Events 8/21-8/25

​​If you’d like your e​vent to be included on the blog each week and my biweekly email (Monday/Wednesday), please email your event to Ahana.Yogesh@utsouthwestern.edu by 7:30 PM on Saturday night or 7:30 PM on Wednesday night for any updates. Also, if you see your event on this email, please refrain from sending out individual event reminders unless you fall under an exception.

 

​Sign-Ups:​

  1. TSSS M&M Conferences – Sign up by Thursday morning each week.
  2. TSSS – Trauma Surgery Shadowing Signup
  3. Psych SIG: Access to free membership to American Psychiatric Association (APA).
  4. EMIG: Shadowing at Parkland & Children’s EDs is available 7 days/week from 7-11pm! Instructions & Sign-Ups:
  5. CIG: sign up for September/October Cardio department shadowing.
  6. Sign up for Society for Academic Emergency Medicine South Central Regional Meeting in Austin on September 8-9th (open to all medical students)
  7. PM&R: Sign up to volunteer for the Wheelchair Softball World Series)
  8. Note-o-chords: Sign up if you play any instrument or sing, and join the Facebook group

Monday, August 21st 

  1. Lunch Meetings
    1. SCF – Lunch Break Fellowship with Dr. Mark Newcomer (otolaryngology) – Gooch C2.108 (Chick-fil-a provided)
  2. Eclipse Watch Party – 12:30 -1:30 PM – NL Building Lobby

Tuesday, August 22nd

  1. Lunch Meetings
    1. AMWA – Intro Meeting for MS1s about the org and officer applications – D1.502 (lunch provided)
    2. Basil Society – Dr. Stephen Skapek (Pediatric Oncology) – “Talking with Dying Children with Cancer Without Losing Hope” – D1.102 (lunch provided)
  2. Info session on International Medical Exchange Program to U Paris Descartes – 5 PM (S1 conference room)
  3. Weekly salsa dancing lessons – 7 PM (Student Center Multipurpose Room)
  4. Weekly Taekwondo classes – 8 PM (Student Center Multipurpose Room)

Thursday, August 24th

  1. Lunch Meetings
    1. FCC – Info Session on being a free clinic manager – D1.700 (pizza provided)
  2. Weekly Taekwondo classes – 8 PM (Student Center Multipurpose Room)

Friday, August 25th

  • Lunch Meetings
    1. PIG – Annual Pediatrics Welcome Talk by Dr. McKinney – D1.600 (Jimmy John’s for 40+)
  • ILC Convergence Social – 5 PM – Truck Yard (5624 Sears Street, Dallas, TX 75206) – flyer attached

Upcoming:

  1. SCF – Start-of-year kickoff dinner – August 26th at 6 PM (13339 Meadowside Drive, Dallas, TX – home of Dr. Mark Newcomer, otolaryngologist)
  2. V-Day Social – August 27th from 5-7 PM (Social Pie – 5855 Maple Avenue)
  3. RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1207862149359644/https://www.facebook.com/events/1207862149359644/
  4. SSIM – Annual Inaugural Meeting – August 29th at 5 PM (Faculty Dining Hall)
  5. V-Day – Bake sale – August 31st from 11 AM – 1 PM (outside South Campus cafeteria) – raise funds for domestic/sexual violence survivors
  6. OHMS Heme/Onc Interest Group – Lunch talk with GI Oncologist Dr. Muhammad Beg – September 1st at 12 PM (D1.100)

Weekly Events 8/14 – 8/18

If you’d like your e​vent to be included on the blog each week and my biweekly email (Monday/Wednesday), please email your event to Ahana.Yogesh@utsouthwestern.edu by 7:30 PM on Saturday night or 7:30 PM on Wednesday night for any updates. Also, if you see your event on this email, please refrain from sending out individual event reminders unless you fall under an exception.
 
The weekly event blog post can be found here: https://utsw2020.wordpress.com/category/events/

Sign-Ups:​
  1. TSSS M&M Conferences – Sign up by Thursday morning each week.

  2. TSSS – Trauma Surgery Shadowing Signup

  3. Psych SIG: Access to free membership to American Psychiatric Association (APA).

  4. EMIG: Shadowing at Parkland & Children’s EDs is available 7 days/week from 7-11pm! Instructions & Sign-Ups:
  5. CIG: sign up for September/October Cardio department shadowing.
  6. Sign up for Society for Academic Emergency Medicine South Central Regional Meeting in Austin on September 8-9th (open to all medical students)

Tuesday, August 15th

  1. ​Lunch Meetings
    1. CIG – Annual Cardiology Welcome Talk by Dr. Ian Neeland – D1.200 (lunch for 40)
  2. UTSW Chapter of Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) – Quality Improvement Mixer – 5 PM in D1.106​
    • ​MS1s are encouraged to attend to learn more about the IHI, the QI elective, student projects in QI, the Distinction pathway, and QI in general.
Upcoming:
  1. Info session on International Medical Exchange Program to U Paris Descartes – August 22nd at 5 PM (S1 conference room)

What is Myenteric Plexus?

Greetings fellow classmates,

Welcome Back! We hope you’ve had a wonderful summer. Today we embark on the second year of our journey to become physicians. We as a class have accomplished much in terms of academics, community service, and personal growth. Clementine and I could not be prouder to call you our classmates and to serve as your class co-presidents. Moving forward with our last pre-clerkship semester, we hope you do take time to reflect on your progress!

As we take on Gastrointestinal System and Nutrition, please brace yourself for this week’s news.

By the Numbers

  • MS1s – Let us all please welcome the MS1 class to our UT Southwestern family. As you all know, this week is PRE+OP week and one of the biggest weeks for incoming MS1s. Please do help your fellow students get around and greet them when you do see them. A “hello” goes a long way =]! Here is the Pre+OP Schedule in case you want to meet the incoming students or want to help out. Please clink this clink: MS1 Orientation Week Schedule 2017
  • Student Organization registration – Please register your organization by Wednesday, August 9, 2017. Please see Suzette Smith (Suzette.smith@utsouthwestern.edu)s email on July 29, 2017 for more information. There will be a student organization meeting on Thursday at noon in Sanders Lounge at Student Center. 
  • Email and Listserv Policy – Please be prudent when it comes to the mass blast class emails. Please try to utilize the bi-weekly email as a main source of distributing information. Please see the last weekly updates blog post “Class Email Policy” for more information on what to do and how you can help.
  • Parking Registration – The deadline to have a decal on vehicle is September 1st, 2017 and the last day to register a vehicle via web is on August 26, 2017. Please see Dr. Angela Mihalic (Angela.Mihalic@UTSouthwestern.edu)’s email on August 1, 2017 for more information.
  • UWorld – After negotiations with UWorld, our IT Gurus have finally decided not to go through with the order. Please see Kevin Nguyen (Kevin3.Nguyen@UTSouthwestern.edu)’s email on July 25, 2017 for more information.
  • Bike Rules – Some of you might have noticed the new sign on the connector bridge. Due to safety reasons, riding the bicycle on the connector bridge is prohibited between shuttle operation hours (7am – 7pm). Cyclists are welcome to walk their bikes across the bridge any time and the bike club is happy to provide information about alternative routes to commute between buildings. If you want more information on this, please contact Theresa Pohlkamp (Theresa.Pohlkamp@UTSouthwestern.edu), VP of the Bike Club at UTSW.
  • Check out the Student Profile Tab to find out about Isabel Lopez-Garcia from Estabrook College.

Enjoy our first week of MS2!

As always, please do let us know if you have any questions or comments,

Umaru and Clementine

Class Email Policy

Greetings fellow Student Organization Representatives,
 
Do you remember that first week of med school? The excitement of being in a new place, meeting new people, and the absolute cats-and-dogs hurricane-level deluge of random emails?
 
Mass emails and the abuse of the listserv have been consistent themes during our time at UTSW. The now third year class came up the the best solution they could at the time, which was to have the class secretary, Hannah Justice, put together a bi-weekly email of all of the events and pertinent information. This was not a perfect system, but it was a great start to reduce the email traffic and create a more organized calendar of events. As your current MS2 class secretary, I have attempted to keep up with the bi-weekly email, and we have high hopes that the new MS1 class will follow suit. What that means is that 3 classes — three-quarters of the med students — will be somewhat indoctrinated into the bi-weekly emails as their main source for learning about class events and information. This could have a huge impact on reducing email traffic now and in the future.
 
When the new class of MS1s starts their orientation on Monday, we would love for them to be greeted by wonderful people at this new place, and not the same flood of emails that we had to swim through. While we have no power over the Spams or untagged emails that find their way through our filters, we know that we can do a better job with the number of Student Organization emails, the free lunch emails, the ‘come to my exercise/dance/underwaterbasketweaving’ class emails. We are not targeting any particular person or group, because most of us have used the open listserv at some point. We simply want to make everyone aware that it is within our reach to make a real impact on the email traffic at this school, and it starts with our class setting that example. 
 

With all this being said, please be prudent when it comes to the mass blast class emails. Please try to utilize the bi-weekly email as a main source of distributing information. We know that this is not a perfect solution, but it can be a source of vast improvement for now. What other organizations have also done is create their own listservs and added interested members to their list. Please see the document links below for step by step instructions on how to create those listservs, and how individuals can themselves join the listservs. Suzi will also go into details about the listserv system at the student organization meeting on Thursday. If this system is not ideal for you for any reason, please voice your concerns and help us make it better for the upcoming years.

 
Thank you for your time and consideration,
Class of 2020 Student Government

5/18/2017 Student Government Meeting

 

President Updates

  • BBQ – May 26 from 530 PM
    • Senators send reminder emails to colleges
    • Budget: $300-400
    • Venmo: Umaru $5 each by next Tuesday
    • Location:Medical Park
    • Co-Hosts: Kevin Vu, Danny Xu, who else?
      • Kyle will make drinks.
  •  President’s Meeting Yesterday on Wednesday update
    • New Wednesday curriculum addition
    • Mandatory M&Ms on Wednesday afternoons at lunch.
      • Maybe lower the number of mandatory M&Ms or consider making only the most important ones mandatory.
  •  Feedback of year: What can we do better as StuGov?
    • Keep enforcing the 5-minute rule per topic.
    • Have a way to get classmates involved and inform students about what’s going on in student government and things going on around school – maybe make the blog link more visible.
    • Keep on with the meetings once every 2 weeks.
      • Maybe make sure it doesn’t coincide with colleges or come at an inconvenient time.

StuGov Update

  • CurriculumJudging from comments, we don’t think people read the midterm proposal. A large amount of anonymous people think we’re proposing 1 midterm and 1 final exam for each course in PC2 & PC3. We are going to delay the vote to Friday, so that we can address this misinformation. In other news, the LGBTQ healthcare proposal will be adopted.
    • Not enough backing for general comments on courses, so we want a higher (100% rate) response rate.
    • One reason people don’t fill out RedCAP is the length. Maybe we can have a weekly mini-RedCAP with just the professor-feedback portion of it – would have more accuracy and response rate. At the end of the course, we can still have the overall course feedback RedCAP.
    • Possibly do surveys on Moodle (worth a point)
  •  OSR- What should I focus on moving forward (MSPE, SVI, Step 1). How does everyone feel about CBLs?
    • General vote – is everyone in favor or not in favor of MSPE: all in favor
    • SVI: opposition because it seems like another pointless metric, requires more work
      1. There is a reporting system for technical issues
      2. How do they prevent cheating?
        1. You don’t get the questions until you watch the video.
      3.  Step 1 changes: most opposed
      4. CBLs: YES!
        1. Maybe have the CBLs earlier (like the information)
          1. Still do it the last week but send out info earlier.
        2. Maybe have the CBL cases be less obvious.
    •  DIA- We met with Dr. Sendelbach and the Endocrinology course directors. During both meetings, we discussed our proposal which was well received. We agreed that Colleges have the potential to integrate more information on LGBTQ health content and there should be initiatives to introduce standardized patients and open discussions on LGBTQ concerns. The main hurdle in Endocrinology is covering both basic and complex information on sex education as well as being able to discuss LGBTQ health concerns throughout the course.
      • Basic sex ed needs to be incorporated – we need to start from scratch – possibly an online module on sex ed.
      • Incorporate a few LOs each block on this to raise awareness about challenges they will face.

Committee Updates

  • Research Committee – We will be having the Mentor-Mentee Panel today at 12PM in room D1.106. Feel free to come through. Dr. Tandon, Karp, and Galindo will be there to answer any questions you may have before you start your summer research. Also, we met last Wednesday to start setting up summer events, so be on the lookout for those if you’re around and are interested.  
  • DART Committee – We will have another Wiles Wellness event on the 23rd before the TBL. Also, we are continuing to work with Dr. Wiles and Dr. Haley. We will be meeting with them again over the summer to set up our events and survey before the next school year begins. 

Weekly Events 5/22 – 5/26

IMPORTANT: ​StuOrg officers – please make your way to the following Google Doc and fill out the appropriate information regarding your student organization and the contact info for your officers: spreadsheet is here​

If you’d like your e​vent to be included on the blog each week and my biweekly email (Monday/Wednesday), please email your event to Ahana.Yogesh@utsouthwestern.edu by 7:30 PM on Saturday night or 7:30 PM on Wednesday night for any updates. Also, if you see your event on this email, please refrain from sending out individual event reminders unless you fall under an exception.

Sign-Ups:

Monday, May 22nd
  1. ​Lunch Meetings
    1. SCF – Lunch Break Fellowship with Dr. Stephanie Pagan (pediatrics resident at Children’s) – Gooch C2.108 (Chick Fil-A provided)​
Wednesday, May 24th
  1. ​Lunch Meetings
    1. ​EMIG – Toxicology talk with Dr. O’Connell – D1.106 (pizza provided)
    2. UTSW Christian Students – South Campus Bible Study – Gooch C2.106
Thursday, May 25th
  1. ​Live Guitar Ensemble Concert – 4PM – 5:30PM – NG3 Auditorium

Isabel López-García – Estabrook College

20170520_194400.jpgHometown: San Antonio, TX

Undergrad: Rice U

Interests: Painting, writing, puppies, going on spontaneous adventures

Medical Interests: Ascending on a thin limb here, I actually find renal interesting and most things internal medicine maybe cardio maybe endocrine maybe OB/GYN… hard no on urology though.

Fun Fact: I can say the alphabet backwards really fast… just kinda rolls off the tongue. #boredinkindergarten

What I like about UTSW: The giant orange Chihuly piece on the first floor of NC and all the nice gardens around here are also great but the best parts are all the people – past, present, and future passionate researchers and compassionate clinicians… thanks for making it a great first year!

What is nephrolithiasis?

Hey everyone,

Only 2 weeks of MS1 left… Crazy how fast this year flew by. Now we can start looking forward to welcoming some new people to our UT Southwestern family in August!

1. Curriculum Proposal – Your Curriculum Reps, Aakash and Christian, have been working hard on a proposal to move from the weekly quiz format (Renal) to the midterm format (Pulm), for GI, Brain & Behavior, Pulm, and Cardio. In order to give weight to their proposal, they need everyone to please take the very short survey they will send out on Wednesday. In the meantime if you have thoughts on this proposal, this form is always available.

2. PRE+OP – Congratulations to the new PRE+OP Committee and PRE+OP Counselors. To anyone who isn’t a committee member or counselor but still would like to help out, either over the summer or during the first week of school (or both!), please fill out this very short form.

3. Interprofessional Social – The next event at Social Pie this Friday, May 19th, 5-7PM. See flyer here: Welcome Back Social.

4. End of MS1 BBQ – Student Government is organizing an end-of-year BBQ on May 26th, at 5:30PM at MedPark. Please RSVP using this quick form. If you are willing to cook a large quantity of something, let Umaru and I know through the form, and we can buy the meat/veggies for you next weekend to alleviate most of the cost! See the poster by Kevin N. below!

5. ​Student Organizations – If you have not as of yet, please make your way to the following Google Doc and fill out the appropriate information regarding your student organization and the contact info for your officers: spreadsheet is here​.

6. Vitiligo Walk – Please consider taking a couple of hours this Saturday to Walk for Vitiligo. The event is taking place close to campus! If you would also like to volunteer to help at the event, please add your name to this Google Sheet.

7. Check out the Student Profile Tab to find out about Georgia Shelton from Cary College.

Enjoy our last week of MS1 without an assessment!

Clementine and Umaru

BBQ Poster