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

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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

What is miliary tuberculosis?

Hey everyone,

We hope you’re all still alive after the midterm.

Here are the news for this week:

1. Roast – Our Spring Roast is happening this Wednesday, April 19th, at 5PM in D1.600. Please come cheer on your classmates as they re-enact the funniest moments of MS1 for you and your favorite faculty members.

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2. Summer Olympics on May 3rd – Your Senators need you to sign up for things. They are working hard and spending a lot of time planning an amazing event for all of us, please make them proud! 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. Bowling Social – The institutional Leadership Committee is hosting a bowling event at Bowlounge on April 28th from 5-7pm.

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4. Check out the Student Profile tab to find out about Tim Benage of Seldin College.

5. United to Serve – If you feel like being generous with your time next weekend, United to Serve needs more volunteers. If you speak Spanish, please find it in your heart to volunteer. If you don’t speak Spanish, we still need you, please find it in your heart to volunteer. The community needs you. Sign up here.

6. Scope – We’ve received an email from residents at Columbia that we thought might interest some of you.

“I’d like to introduce UT Southwestern to The Scope. We send weekly emails with the best research from NEJM, JAMA and more summarized in a few easy-to-read sentences with a touch of humor. Our goal is to make medical research fun and easy to understand.

Some project specifics are:
1. We started in January 2016 and now send to about 6,000 medical students and residents a week
2. The email is free and always will be
3. We don’t share our subscriber’s email or information with anyone

The authors (myself included) are a group of internal medicine residents at Columbia. See a recent issue below – interested students can sign up at medicinescope.com.”

Have a great week,

Clementine and Umaru

What is air?

Fellow PC2s,

We hope you’ve had a wonderful spring break! As we get back into the groove with Pulmonary,

Here is the news for this week:

  1. Becker Healthcare Presentation– Thus far, we have 4 people signed up to attend; if you are planning on attending the session, please fill out this form so that Shannon, Becker Healthcare Representative can better target the audience.  Refreshments will be provided and attendees will have the opportunity to win some course/product giveaways.

Date: Monday, April 10th, 5-6pm

Location: Hampton Inn & Suites Dallas Market Center – 3051 N Stemmons Fwy, Dallas, TX 75247

  1. US News & World Report Ranking – Congratulations! Our medical center is now ranked #8 in Primary Care according to USNews & World Report 2018 ranking of medical schools. We are currently at #25 for research.

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  1. Bowling Social – The institutional Leadership Committee is hosting a bowling event at Bowlounge on April 28th from 5:00-7:00 PM. Please see the flyer below.
  1. PRE-OP Planning Committee and Counselors – Deadline is April 5, 2017! Apply! Apply! Apply!

Please consider making an impact on the Class of 2021 to ease their transition and welcome them to the amazing UT Southwestern Family.

Here are the application links:

PRE+OP 2017 Committee Application

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/C73BNRK

PRE+OP 2017 Counselor Application

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/C9VK6V7

    1. Check out the Student Profiletab to learn about Pooja Dasari from Pritchard College.
    2. Don’t forget to put the Roast into your calendar! It will take place on April 19th at 5PM. See flyer attached.

Good luck this week!

Umaru and Clementine

 

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What is Eisenmenger Syndrome?

Hi y’all!

Last week of Cardio! We are officially very close to Spring Break.

To all those who will be going on mission trips (fun fact: Umaru is going to the Dominican Republic), our thoughts are with you. To those of you who, like me, are just traveling or “chilling”, may the Almighty Netflix be ever in your favor.

Here are the news for this week:

1. Blog changes – We don’t have a lot of urgent news this semester, so we have been thinking about rolling back the blog to once every two weeks. Whenever more urgent things came up, we would send a quick email to the class on just that topic. If you are strongly opposed to this change, please let us know by email, phone, word-of-mouth, or whatever method of communication you see fit.

2. Becker Healthcare Presentation – Shannon Smith has put together a sign-up form for her event (follow this link for more information). If you would like to attend the event, please fill out this form.

Date: Monday, April 10th, 5-6pm
Location: Hampton Inn & Suites Dallas Market Center – 3051 N Stemmons Fwy, Dallas, TX 75247

3. Check out the Student Profile tab to learn about Collin Buerger from Fashena College.

Good luck this week and have an amazing Spring Break,

Clementine and Umaru

What is Amaurosis Fugax?

Fellow PC2s,

We hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend! Here is the news for this week:

  • Student Government Subcommittees – Your student government has embarked in various subcommittees designed to improved campus culture including Student Research Subcommittee, Drug, Alcohol, Responsibility Team (DART) Subcommittee, Ambassadors Subcommittee, Thank you Subcommittee.
    • The overall objectives of the Drugs, Alcohol, Responsibility Team (DART) Subcommittee are to:
      • Educate the student body on social and psychological responsibility
      • Increase student awareness of substance abuse and mental health
        • Reduce risky behavior related to substance abuse and abuse
        • Reduce mental health associated risky behavior
      • Continuously address students to take greater responsibility for their own as well as each other’s safety
      • Contact Mahmoud Elguindy or Umaru Barrie for information.
    • The overall objectives of the Student Research Subcommittee (SRS) are:
      • Share research opportunities available to students
      • Promote research discussion between students without daunting faculty supervision
      • Stimulate learning of interdisciplinary research
      • Contact Mahmoud Elguindy or Umaru Barrie for information.
    • The overall objectives of the Thank You Subcommittee are:
      • To show appreciation to those who take their time in helping our medical training.
      • Provide avenues of giving back to patients who share their medical stories to the class
      • Help make patients who visit happy to come back the following year
      • Contact Hayley Williams or Christy Hinz for more information.
    • The overall objective of the Ambassadors Subcommittee is:
      • MS2020 students will serve as “ambassadors” to the MS2021’s to help them transition to medical school
      • Contact Sanjana Balachandra and Alex Guinn for more information.
  • MED Summer Research Opportunity – Here is an opportunity to work with Dr. Wagner on “Defining Colleges Mentor Skills for Faculty Development”. Here is more information. MED Summer Research – Dr. Wagner
  • Brewery Social – Thank you to everyone who came out to our Brewery Social. It was a great event. Please join our interprofessional Facebook page HERE.
  • Check out the Student Profile tab to find out more about Kevin Nguyen from Estabrook College.

As always, please do let us know if there is anything we can do for you,

Umaru and Clementine

What is Arrhythmia?

Hi everyone,

Three more weeks until Spring Break! We are so close! Hang in there.

In the meantime, here are the news:

1. USMLE Step 1 PREP – Check out previous weeks’ posts about Becker and DIT. Remember that the DIT deal is valid until March 15th.

Please do let us know through this SURVEY if you would like to join Shannon Smith (shannon.smith@becker.com), Business Development Manager, in a short review of the available learning opportunities through Becker Professional Education. Refreshments will be provided and attendees will have the opportunity to win some course/product giveaways 

2. Privacy Filters – Reminder that the deadline was moved from Monday, February 27th to Friday, March 17th. Keep on watching your email for payment information.

3. Brewery Social – We will be hosting another interprofessional social event at Community Brewery on March 11th from 5-7PM. Come out and meet students from others schools at UTSW, TWU, and TTU. Let us know if you plan on attending by joining the Facebook event. If you want to make sure you don’t miss any future events, please join our interprofessional Facebook page HERE.

4. Student and Faculty Roast – Save the Date April 19th, 5PM. More info to come soon. If you would like to be involved, please contact Umaru, Clementine, or Maura.

5. Check out the Student Profile tab to find out more about Jenna Wiles from Cary College.

If you have feedback on how we can better serve you, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Clementine and Umaru

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