The Academic Handbook is the official publication for medical school policy and life, written by those who run the various programs described -- administrators, faculty and students. Although the book is prepared through the Office of Student Affairs, student participation and feedback contribute significantly to its effectiveness. Your input and suggestions are always welcome. Campus-wide policies and information may be found in the UMB Student Answer Book.
The Plotnick Guide, a recently developed student-devised handbook, has been given to students prior to the Junior Year to help ease the transition from "the classroom to the patient's room." This guide was conceptualized and written by Dr. Subha Airan-Javia, Class of 2004, following her Junior year with input from students and faculty. A wide variety of practical information about the hospital and "clinical pearls" are included in this useful handbook. Please contact Subha or Liz Nichols if you would like to assist with next year's publication. Please note that this is a student written publication and should not be cited for policy and other "high stakes" questions. All official school policies are outlined in other sources.
Student Answer Book
The Student Answer Book, a campus publication, is an important document that makes a useful companion to the School of Medicine's Academic Handbook. It contains a wealth of information about resources on campus and in the various schools on campus, including libraries, the bookstore, the Writing Center, copy services parking, campus security, the athletic center, the campus caravan, financial aid, registrar etc. Houses of worship, businesses and eateries are listed with contact information. Finally, a number of student policies are described, including those on sexual harassment and sexual assault, smoking, substance abuse, confidentiality, infectious diseases, sexual orientation and others. It's a great introduction to our campus community and a wonderful reference.
The Yearbook (Terra Mariae Medicus)
The yearbook is a collection of moments and memories from the four years of medical school put together by the members of each Senior class. Pictures are the most important part of the yearbook. Just about anything is worth capturing on film; parties, the night before an exam, life in the labs and on the wards, special events, special people, friends and vacations, just to name a few. You can never have too many pictures! The yearbook is a great way to put things into perspective. Times may sometimes look bleak while you're living them, but in looking back you may realize that things weren't quite as bad as they seemed, and that there was always something or someone to help pull you through. For more information about the yearbook, contact the yearbook editor of the current senior class. The sooner plans and work on your yearbook are started, the easier, better and more complete it will be. Dawn Roberts in the OSA will assist each class with the preparation of their yearbook.
Source: Student Answer Book