Episode 110: The Peer Support Network with M3s Nicol Tugarinov and Alanna Stefano
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by University of Maryland School of Medicine Office of Student Affairs
5d ago
What do you do if you need help with something in medical school, or you have a question about life in Baltimore, and you don't quite feel like asking a faculty member? That's what the Peer Support Network is for. Two almost-fourth-year students, Alanna Stefano and Nicol Tugarinov, share everything you need to know about the Peer Support Network - what it is, how to become involved, how peer support leaders are trained, the kinds of questions they're happy to help with, and so much more.    Resource: The Peer Support Network from the OSA Academic Handbook ..read more
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Episode 109: UMSOM History, Larry Pitrof, and the Medical Alumni Association
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by University of Maryland School of Medicine Office of Student Affairs
1M ago
Match Day is coming up soon, and each year, the Match Day celebration at our medical school is sponsored by the Medical Alumni Association. This organization - much like the School of Medicine - has been around since the 1800s. Its office is located in Davidge Hall, the oldest medical education building in the United States in continuous use. And its executive director, Mr. Larry Pitrof, has been leading the organization since 1994 - for 30 years.  In late February, I visited him in Davidge Hall to learn more about his life and what he's seen throughout his decades at our medical school ..read more
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Episode 108: Step 1 Pass/Fail - Then and Now
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by University of Maryland School of Medicine Office of Student Affairs
1M ago
Four years ago, we learned that the USMLE Step 1 exam would become graded on a Pass/Fail basis, rather than each student receiving a 3-digit score. We covered this change in episode 54 of The OSA Insider, featuring an interview with national expert Dr. J. Bryan Carmody. This change went live in January 2022, and we can't help but wonder: where do things stand today? Why did this switch to P/F happen in the first place? Are things better? How are med students feeling about Step 1, anxiety-wise? And how is the UMSOM responding to the current moment? Dr. Nirav Shah and Dr. Devang Patel answer all ..read more
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Episode 107: Just Culture with Dr. Nidhi Goel
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by University of Maryland School of Medicine Office of Student Affairs
2M ago
Think about the last time you made a mistake. Now, imagine this happened at work, with a patient, and that your clinical setting is a punitive place where people are shamed for their mistakes. Would you want to tell anyone about this error?  What if, instead, you worked somewhere that embraced open conversation about errors, and looked without judgment at all the factors that might lead to mistakes?  This is at the heart of Just Culture - a philosophy and process that looks at both the individual and the system in a non-punitive way to figure out where something went wrong, and how w ..read more
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Episode 104: All About Preventive Medicine
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by University of Maryland School of Medicine Office of Student Affairs
6M ago
Preventive Medicine is a fantastic field that can feel like a bit of a mystery. We don't always learn about it as a residency option, or know what a career in preventive medicine might look like. This episode will change all of that. In this conversation with preventive medicine physicians and leaders Dr. Marissa Khajavi and Dr. Cara Dooley, we'll shine a light on preventive medicine, how to know if it might be a good fit for you, what different roles in the field might look like, and how to learn more about it.  ..read more
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Episode 103: Gap Years with MS4 Kimia Abtahi
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by University of Maryland School of Medicine Office of Student Affairs
7M ago
Have you ever wondered about taking a gap year during medical school? There are so many factors that go into this decision. What you would do, what you hope to accomplish, how you make it all happen, and what it's like to join a whole new medical school class when your gap year is done.    Fourth year medical student Kimia Abtahi wants to shine a light on this topic. She suggested this episode covering gap years, to demystify and even destigmatize the idea of taking a year away from medical school to do something else. You'll hear all about her experiences, why a gap year might be a ..read more
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Episode 102: Global Health with MS2 Sarina Maini and Dr. Devang Patel
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by University of Maryland School of Medicine Office of Student Affairs
8M ago
In this special, student-led episode, MS2 Sarina Maini and Dr. Frayha speak with Dr. Devang Patel about the importance of global health, what a career in global health might look like, helpful resources and opportunities at UMB and the SOM, and the importance of entering clinical experiences around the world with an open mind and appreciation for local practices.  Resources for students: https://www.medschool.umaryland.edu/osa/Global-Health/ https://www.umaryland.edu/global/for-umb-students/listing-of-global-opportunities ..read more
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Episode 100: Two MS4s Reflect on Leadership Lessons
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by University of Maryland School of Medicine Office of Student Affairs
11M ago
Graduating medical students Grace Begnell and Nick Fioravante have learned a lot from their leadership experiences. And in this episode, being released just days before our SOM 4th years graduate, Nick and Grace share how they found their way to leadership roles, the best and hardest parts of being leaders, what has surprised them along the way, and how all students can tap into their inner leader. They say it's easier than you think. This episode is part of our ongoing Personal Growth Program series, where we explore skills and habits to help all of us be the best people we can be, in additio ..read more
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Episode 99: Tess Gillis Can Help
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by University of Maryland School of Medicine Office of Student Affairs
1y ago
Ms. Tess Gillis, Senior Academic Development Specialist at the SOM, is here to help you. She works with students across all four years of medical school on personal academic goals, learning differences, specific struggles, and even when things are going well. She is a wealth of information, a fountain of helpful resources, and a wonderful person. In this episode, we get to know her as a person and also as a resource for our med students. Take a listen, and stop by to "Talk with Tess ..read more
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Episode 98: Perfectionism
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by University of Maryland School of Medicine Office of Student Affairs
1y ago
Are you a perfectionist? Chances are, the answer is yes, at least some of the time. How can perfectionism help us, and also how can it hold us back? When do we know the difference? How can we train our brains for the better? Dr. Beth Lamos and Dr. Marissa Flaherty are back with our Personal Growth Program series, this time tackling all things perfectionism.  ..read more
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