What is a colliculus?

Greetings classmates,

Welcome to week 2 of Brain and Behavior. Last organ system! We are so close.

1. Y2Q Survey – Only 37.4% of our class responded. We need at least 80% response rate so please search your email inbox for “Y2Q” and complete the survey. It really isn’t that long, and it’s a completely anonymous way to let the administration know how you think our school is doing.

2. Proof that surveys are useful – Thanks to those of you who filled out the Student Services Satisfaction Survey. The Deans had a meeting with representatives from Facilities yesterday, and the temperature in the D lecture halls and the TBL space is being addressed!

For the TBL space, things will be handled by the Office of Medical Education.

For the D lecture halls, please contact me if you attend lecture 100% of the time and are willing to be in charge of the thermostat. Given a consensus from class goers, the thermostat will be able to be adjusted between 70 and 74 (it was previously locked at 72).

3. Flu Shots – It is that time of the year. Until October 31st, you can get your flu shots at the Student Health Clinic in the Aston Building. My brother has the flu right now and (I imagine) he wishes he had listened to his big sister. Don’t be like my brother. Get your flu shot (plus in your case, it’s mandatory).

4. Anonymous feedback form – If there is anything you would like us to change or work on without us knowing who the suggestion came from, please fill out this anonymous feedback form.

5. Student of the Week – Learn more about Naomi Freeman of Cary College.

6. Carter Blood Drive – The PDA Outreach Committee and medical school is hosting Carter Blood Drive this October. It will be on South Campus, under the library stairwell from 10:00 AM to 4:00PM. They have two dates – October 18, 2017 and October 19, 2017.

They need some volunteers to sign-up donors and greet them. You can come whenever you have some free time and for any duration of time your schedule allows and help them.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfAUHCxoSSErP6MbNtkRsT_9xwL6eWfVphTqpwh8tr0YVKIvQ/viewform

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

Clementine and Umaru

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What is Nexplanon?

Greetings classmates,

As we head into the final week of Endo/Repro, here is the news of the week.

WE NEED YOUR IDEAS/COMMENTS on proposed plans and future projects! Please note that there are multiple forms with this email; we ask that you please participate by filling out the forms. We appreciate your help and your ideas. Brace yourself, this might be extensive.

  1. UT Southwestern Six Year Plan (Next meeting October 12) – This is the year for the revision of the six-year plan of UT Southwestern. Many propositions are being brought up and discussed by the administration. This is definitely HUGE as many of the points actually prioritized on the six year plan will get administrative, financial, and faculty support moving forward for the next two to six years. Thus, we would like to take time to assess and come up with plans for agendas and initiatives that we believe would be great for the upcoming years.

Link for Six-Year Plan Ideas: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe6z0PxMQgVEhlkSGAcYIyWDiWUHDc_iZtLBScQQs562z4VGg/viewform

Your contributions are highly sought! Think boldly! See attached for the copy of the last report.

Student Trainee Six Year Plan Recommendations 2016-2022 Final

P.S. The Simulation Center building that we all see going up was part of the previous Six-Year Plan!

  1. Pavilion Renovation – Have you used the Pavilion before? for basketball? attended pumpkin carving or other activities hosted on the court? Please voice your opinions. We are working with the Student Center to see what we can do with the Pavilion as it is currently  undergoing a thorough review. We have a few ideas on board, please help us by sharing your thoughts.

Link for Pavilion Renovation: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScT5l2od7jDeup9cnCeakHLCS5OdwsGyKhySMOcXukqb2rm-w/viewform

  1. University police and “ Uber” Service– On campus late? you can call University Police (214-648-8311) and they will take you from hospital to hospital or hospital to nearby (< 1 mile) locations for free. Learn more about campus statistics by visiting their website at http://www.utsouthwestern.edu/about-us/administrative-offices/university-police/.
  1. Flu Shots –It is that time of the year. Starting today, Monday Oct 2nd until October 31st, you can get your flu shots at Student Health Clinic in Aston Building.
  1. Annual Student Services Survey – Complete the survey to provide feedback on the services at UT Southwestern focused on supporting students. You should have received an individual surveymonkey link from Dr. Mihalic. To encourage participation, Student Affairs will offer INCENTIVES to the medical school class who achieves the highest number of participants in the form of Amazon gift cards (1 for $100, and twenty for $20) via a random drawing. The AAMC Y2Q has also arrived in your inbox, and incentives are provided for that one too (see Dr. Mihalic’s second email).
  1. Tuition Increase – This year we will work with academic administration and financial aid in coming up with a proposal for tuition. 2 years ago, student leadership was able to decrease the tuition increase to 3% (change from proposed 4%). Your voice matters. If you have any comments/questions, please use the anonymous feedback form below. If you also want to know where your tuition is going towards, please do let us know as well.
  1. Anonymous feedback form– If there is anything you would like us to change or work on without us knowing who the suggestion came from, please fill out this anonymous feedback form.
  1. Student of the week– Learn more about Savannah Hampton of Sprague College.
  1. United for Puerto Rico – The recent hurricanes have left Puerto Ricans in dire need. Help us as we collect items for relief. See attached for the flyer. We will be using the boxes located on the carrels and student center.

Puerto Rico Relief Efforts

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

Umaru and Clementine

What is pheochromocytoma?

Hey everyone,

Happy second week of endocrine!

1. Curriculum AOA Guides – Your curriculum reps need help! If you can find it in your heart to help write AOA guides for past courses (most urgent right now is Tissues since the course has already started), please email Christian Maxwell and Aakash Gandhi. O&H is already taken care of but they need help for all the other classes.

2. Tuition Increase and 6 Year Plan – Many important things are happening at the Student Leadership Council this semester.

We are updating the 6 Year Plan. See Dr Mihalic’s email about it, and particularly focus on the section regarding campus-wide changes as well as the section on medical school-specific changes. We will be sending a separate email about it once we are ready for formal feedback, but in the meantime, feel free to email us if you have ideas for items to add to the plan that aren’t already on there.

Tuition is going to increase (as mandated by the University of Texas, tuition increases every two years), and the SLC gets to give input on how much we are willing to let it increase by, as well as what the extra tuition will be put to use for. Our first meeting regarding tuition is this Thursday (9/21), and we will provide more information about the process once we know more (again, we will send a separate email with a form for feedback).

3. Picmonic Presentation (10/23) –  We have been working with Picmonic on setting up a chance to present to the 1st and 2nd-year medical students. In a nutshell, Picmonic provides an audio visual experience that takes high yield medical information and presents it in a research backed way to help students retain the information. Please RSVP as soon as you can for their October 23rd presentation here:  https://www.picmonic.com/presentations. The time is 6:30pm, not 12:00pm as advertised on the RSVP. Discounts, free access opportunities for the participants and dinner will be provided as well.

The presentation includes study strategies and tactics, the science behind their learning platform, a walkthrough/demonstration and usually lasts about 30 minutes depending on the Q&A section.

4. Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts – We are in dire need of volunteers especially for the credentialing volunteer section. Each task is truly crucial to the flow of the shelter, and the shelter managers and evacuees appreciate for your time and efforts. Please sign up through this form link and continue to donate to the relief drive.

UTSW Harvey Relief

5. Dr. Seldin Lecture on “Nazi Medicine and its Corruption of Medical Ethics.”   –  it will be taking place on October 2nd at 5:30PM in NB2 EEF – Simmons Auditorium, followed by a reception at 6:30 PM. Dr. Seldin, who in 1947 testified in a trial leading to the conviction of a Nazi gastroenterologist, needless to say has a unique perspective to share on this topic. This is a truly rare opportunity that you will not want to miss, and for those to whom it still applies (MS1s and MS2s) this will be counting for college points.

6. Mass emails – Thank you so much for participating in our efforts to minimize mass emails. We hope the listserve/email list option is working well for everyone.

7. Check out the Student Profile Tab to find out about Christy Hinz from Seldin College.

8. Anonymous feedback form – If there is anything you would like us to change or work on without us knowing who the suggestion came from, please fill out this anonymous feedback form.
As always please reach out to us with any questions or concerns,
Clementine and Umaru

 

What is Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (RYGB)?

Fellow MS1s and MS2s,

We hope you’re having a wonderful Labor Day weekend. Usually we send Class of 2020 news to MS2s only, however most of the information below pertains to MS1s as well.

MS1s, we wish you the best of luck on your first anatomy practical and exam! MS2s, best of luck with the last week of GI!

1. Picmonic Presentation (10/23) –  We have been working with Picmonic on setting up a chance to present to the 1st and 2nd-year medical students. In a nutshell, Picmonic provides an audio visual experience that takes high yield medical information and presents it in a research backed way to help students retain the information. Please RSVP as soon as you can for their October 23rd presentation here:  https://www.picmonic.com/presentations. The time is 6:30pm, not 12:00pm as advertised on the RSVP. Discounts, free access opportunities for the participants and dinner will be provided as well.

The presentation includes study strategies and tactics, the science behind their learning platform, a walkthrough/demonstration and usually lasts about 30 minutes depending on the Q&A section.

2. Elections – Congratulations to the newly elected Class of 2021 student government representatives. Say hello when you see them (attached). We will be holding a second round election to complete the positions.

Class of 2021 Student Government

3. Interprofessional Student Leadership’s  Postgraduate Studies in Healthcare & Biomedical Sciences Symposium – We will be hosting an integrated interprofessional symposium (attached) for high school students in the DFW area. Please sign up as volunteers here through this link to help make this a memorable experience for high schoolers.

Date: September 16, 2017
Time: 8AM – 12:30PM

What: The aim of the Postgraduate Studies in Healthcare & Biomedical Sciences Symposium is to display the medical and scientific career paths as well as our mission for interprofessional teamwork through Convergence at UT Southwestern Medical Center as well as Texas Woman’s University and Texas Tech University Health Science Center. This opportunity will be open to all high school seniors who will receive a folder with flyers about each program upon arrival.

Food and beverages will be provided.

Responsibilities: There will be 4-5 different sign ups to help with organizing supplies/creating folders/posters (during the week before symposium), set-up/registration (starting at 7-7:15AM), tabling, and take down (around 12:30-1:30). When you sign up, we will email you with further instructions.

4. Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts – We are in dire need of volunteers especially for the credentialing volunteer section. Each task is truly crucial to the flow of the shelter, and the shelter managers and evacuees appreciate for your time and efforts. Please sign up through this form link and continue to donate to the relief drive.

UTSW Harvey Relief

5. ​University Lecture Series on Wednesdays– Did you know the university hosts lecture presentations featuring some of the most prominent scientific researchers in the world? See attached for a PDF of the scheduled lecturers. You can remain connected to and abreast of cutting-edge discoveries in basic science while you are drinking from the firehose of medical school.

uLS2017_fallschedule

6. Dr. Seldin Lecture on “Nazi Medicine and its Corruption of Medical Ethics.”   –  it will be taking place on October 2nd at 5:30PM in NB2 EEF – Simmons Auditorium, followed by a reception at 6:30 PM. Dr. Seldin, who in 1947 testified in a trial leading to the conviction of a Nazi gastroenterologist, needless to say has a unique perspective to share on this topic. This is a truly rare opportunity that you will not want to miss, and for those to whom it still applies (MS1s and MS2s) this will be counting for college points.

7. Check out the Student Profile Tab to find out about Waqas Haque from Pritchard College.

Umaru and Clementine

Hurricane Harvey Relief

Dear Students,

Tropical Storm Harvey has caused massive damage to the Texas Gulf Coast, and will be continuing on through the week. UT Southwestern Medical Center is looking to provide disaster relief aid through local support in Dallas for evacuees and regional resources for our fellow Texans in the storm area. Want to be involved? Here are a few of ways…

Hurricane Harvey Relief Drive– we have organized a drive to collect new underwear, new socks, new warmups for men, women, children and infants, toiletries/hygiene products, baby formula and baby wipes, bottles, non-perishable food items, diapers and Graco Pac n’ Plays for babies according to need of Dallas County VOAD member Trusted World. You can deposit your donations to the boxes designed “Hurricane Harvey Relief” on every student carrel in L building, Bryan Williams, MD student center, School of Health Professions Dean’s Office on the 9th floor, and Graduate School main office. We are hoping to collect through the next weeks and drop off items every week at 15660 N. Dallas Parkway.

Convention Center Clinic Volunteering – (Medical Student Volunteers only for now.. may extend request to HP and Grad students as things evolve and we have a better understanding of the need.)  We are working with the Dallas County Health Department and the UTSW Emergency Medicine Department to provide volunteering opportunities for students interested in helping out at the “mega shelter” in the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center.  Student responsibilities would be to help provide on-site support by doing patient check-ins, entering patient info, and other tasks as needed. We have set up a sign-up sheet to coordinate efforts at the Googledoc below. The main point of contact at the Health Department will be Connie Webster from Dallas County Medical Society.  She will take our sign up list, check DL/IDs and issue the Volunteer badge. Volunteers who sign up should go to the Dallas County Health Department 5th floor Room 520 (2377 North Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, Texas 75207-2710) in advance of their assigned shift to get an ID such that they can go directly to the Convention Center when they volunteer. Connie will contact each of you on the volunteer sign up list and send you a detailed email with instructions on where to go, park, what your assignment will be, etc.

 School and clinical duties takes precedence, but please sign up when you can.  You will be serving in a non-professional role only- not delivering care, only in a support/clerical role.  We may ask for additional volunteers based on the evolving need, and if it turns out that volunteers are no longer needed, she will notify scheduled volunteers that their help is no longer required.

            https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1X0l9fbdDA-kAZXhcAQSrYGhAq1XnT6v7tjih4as4ceQ/edit?usp=sharing

 

Blood Donations Carter BloodCare will send blood donations to its partners affected by Hurricane Harvey. The center will also deal with an increase in demand for blood and platelets as intensive care patients arrive in North Texas. Donations of all blood types are needed, especially O types.

This is a wonderful opportunity to unite to support our fellow Texans during these tragic events.

Thank you in advance for your efforts.

Warmly,

apm

Angela Peterman Mihalic, MD

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

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

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

What is BPH?

Hey everyone,

We hope you’ve had a great golden weekend! As we delve into Renal, our final course of MS, here is the news and some important upcoming events. They are also available on the blog.

1. Academic College Bowl and Summer 2017 Olympics – below is a rough schedule of events. Thank you all for your support and we hope to see you all there.

  • 12-1PM Chips & Dip-Off (in D1.600 plaza area) : Participate by making “not-yo-mama’s” famous Dip and/or joining us for the taste test! College points will be awarded for participation, winners, and most importantly BRAGGING RIGHTS!
  • 1-1:55PM Trivia (TBL room): Tear it up in trivia! Take your team of 6 to victory in the Academic portion of the Colleges Cup! The more teams that participate, the higher the chance of getting max points for your college (and again BRAGGING RIGHTS!)
  • 2-4:30PM Summer Olympics (Student Center gym): Events include Knock-Out, an eating contest, tug-of-war, an interpretive dance/skit, and a final relay (which consists of Life-guard/Beach-babe Drag race, Four-legged race, Oversized t-shirt race, Ping pong spoon, Flip cup, and Hula hoop pass!). The theme for this semester interpretive dance/skit is “Your Mascot on Summer Vacation.”

2. Summer Olympics on May 3rd – Your Senators are working hard and spending a lot of time planning an amazing event for all of us, please make them proud and sign up! Here are all the links:

Chips and Dip-off Sign-up
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ShQ6vqmLpLPHcjUrsBJ5Eya3xHIXmxrD9yyzN1vvXU8/edit?usp=sharing 

Cary Sign-up
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1MPX6NO-r8HGEW4jPN3vb_T7dbO4Ie4EETCZTv3zf8sE/edit?usp=sharing 

Estabrook Sign-up
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1JHr4TOZHY2LAWqPHPvnk5dwWLB5rs_6NWS0TF70DE_k/edit?usp=sharing 

Fashena Sign-up
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1CrKaBdBNKwv3yWj90wl0DIJuA8dHbK1pmk8Zd24BDkU/edit?usp=sharing 

Pritchard Sign-up
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/19BWMSi7KGZociQWUnlnrVyJLjaRvokP4JSGbDb07bVs/edit?usp=sharing 

Seldin Sign-up
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1GrG_VDFz5p0hbONso56o1MmxNh0ft0cTTb__8bKOPx0/edit?usp=sharing 

Sprague Sign-up
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1RrCwQHiPeKzsR3k7TOw_dNOcSZfblGxadvZVmjMNePQ/edit?usp=sharing 

3. ​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​

4. Bowling Social – Thank you to everyone who came out to the Bowling event this past Friday. We will host another social on May 19 at Social Pie.

5. Check out the Student Profile tab to find out about Jennifer Gueler of Sprague College.

6. Bikes on the Connector – It is now recommended that cyclists walk their bikes on the Connector due to recent incidents that have occurred involving shuttles and cyclist.  At this present time the Connector Bridge is not “bike ready” and allowing cyclist to ride on the Connector is a great risk. 

As always have a great week, and please do let us know if there is anything we can do for you,

Umaru and Clementine