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April 2016

Student Leaders Meeting Notes
1st Years: Leadership met with Dr. Matteson and gave feedback and suggestions on Functional Systems. Students received an email about the service learning essay and the due date was during Spring Break. This will be addressed with service learning’s administration.
2nd Years: Leadership met with ICM 2 Course Directors and gave feedback and suggestions for improving the course. The class is interested in doing a ‘Preparing for Step I’ workshop. Information about that will be coming out very soon. Very constructive feedback was given regarding the Houses. (The Houses are divided by ICM groups) The House Heads met to make everything more uniform throughout each of the houses. Dr. Martinez is working on acquiring physical space inside of HSF I for the houses.
3rd Years: The Jr/Sr Day Event went well, however we will look into having a more concise schedule for the breakout sessions. MSPE meetings will begin at the beginning of May! Unique Characteristics bullet points are due on May 1st. Click this link for an example. (See more information under your class below.) Now that Step II scheduling is taking place, please remember to schedule to have CS completed before November 1st. 

Graduation Volunteers
Would you like to come to graduation and help out? Graduation will take place on May 19, 2016. We need volunteers between 8:45 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.! You will receive breakfast and lunch too. Email Dawn Roberts. The first (full-time) 30 volunteers will get a gift donated by the Office of Public Affairs.

Introduction to Business for the Medical Student 
The Office of Student Affairs would like to survey all students about their business knowledge and possible programs. To take the survey, please visit: Thank you!

School News & Events
For a listing of all news and events for the School of Medicine, please visit: 

Endowed Scholarships at the University of Maryland, Baltimore
If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please visit: At this page, you will find eligibility information and financial details about the endowed scholarships UMB offers. If you choose to apply for a scholarship, you will have to respond to a series of questions to determine their eligibility and then submit their application materials. The required materials for all endowed scholarships are the same, so you will be able to apply for up to six awards at one time; the application form will retain their eligibility information for use in the review process. The application period for endowed scholarships will end on May 15, 2016. Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee, and winners will be identified by June 15, 2016.  

Wellness Hub Events
The Wellness Hub is offering a number of events for students in the month of April. Please visit for more details. 

NHSC Scholarship Program
2016 Application and Program Guidance has the detailed information you need to apply. Please read carefully before you start your Scholarship Program application. You can apply to the Scholarship Program if you are committed to primary care and accepted to or enrolled in an accredited U.S. school in one of the following primary care disciplines:  

  • Physicians (MD or DO)
  • Dentists
  • Nurse Practitioners (post graduate degree with clinical practice focus)
  • Certified Nurse-Midwives
  • Physician Assistants

The scholarship pays tuition, fees, other educational costs, and provides a living stipend in return for a commitment to work at least 2 years at an NHSC-approved site in a medically underserved community.

For each year of financial support (up to four years), the student agrees to serve one year (minimum two years) at an NHSC-approved site in a high-need urban, rural, or frontier community across the nation.

Service begins upon graduation (and completion of primary care residency training for doctors and dentists). The NHSC helps scholars find a practice site that's right for them. When in service, scholars earn a market-rate salary, paid by the employing facility.

Scholarship payments other than the living stipend are federal income tax-free.

The Scholarship Program accepts applications once each year. Applicants chosen to receive the scholarship are notified no later than September 30. 

MedChi Lunch & Learn 
Please join MedChi for their 2016 Lunch &Learn CME series. No charge for MedChi members. $50 for non-members.

  • April 1 - Marijuana: Medical and Otherwise
  • May 6 - Legislative Wrap-Up
  • June 3 - Value-based Payments
  • July 8 - Physician Wellness
  • Sept. 9 - Opioids, Pain Management & Addiction
  • Oct. 7 - Integrated Care

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
MedChi Building
1211 Cathedral Street Baltimore, MD 21201
Lunch will be provided. Reservations are required.
Topics subject to change.
Indicate each event you will attend
Please RSVP to: or 410-539-0872 x3308

UAB Orthopedics Research Program
UAB Orthopaedic Surgery is offering a one year research program for medical students interested in applying for orthopaedic residency. Application materials can be found at

Diversity Grant
The American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Diversity Committee would like to help introduce medical students from under-represented minorities (URM) to the field of otolaryngology. Two grant winners will be selected. The winners will select a program from the list of participating programs to apply for an away rotation. They will receive $1000 to use towards travel, housing or food during their away rotation. They will need to submit receipts in order to receive their reimbursement. They will be required to attend the away rotation. Application Deadline: March 31. For more information, please visit: 

Class of 2016

Match Survey
OSA would like for you to fill out a survey about your match experience. To complete the survey, please visit:  

The graduation ceremony will take place between 10:00am and 12:00pm on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at the Hippodrome Baltimore located at 12 N. Eutaw St. Baltimore, MD 21201. Students should arrive to the M&T Pavilion (which is part of the Hippodrome) no later than 9:00am to line up with their class. Our procession will start promptly at 9:30am, so it is important for you to be in line and in your appropriate order. There will be a light lunch following the ceremony.

Tickets: Graduation tickets are available for pick up in the Office of Students Affairs. The maximum is 8 total tickets. (Don’t forget that one of the tickets is for you.) Please leave the tickets you will not be using for your classmates. Waitlist tickets will be released as they become available.

Wheelchairs: Please let Dawn Roberts know if you will need wheelchair seating for your guests. Wheelchair seating is limited and must be reserved.

Regalia/Graduation Accessories: OAK HALL is available for online regalia orders. The deadline is April 13, 2016. Announcements, rings etc. can be purchased from Herff Jones.

Attire: Please dress in business or at least business casual attire. Wear sensible ‘walking’ shoes and arrive in your regalia and tams. Carry your hoods on your left arm. There should be no adornments or embellishments of your regalia. Honor cords should not be worn during the SOM ceremony. You can fit a small cross body purse under the gown. Any larger bags should be given to family members or friends. Coat check will be available.

Campus-Wide Commencement: UMB will hold its University-wide commencement ceremony on Friday, May 20, at 2pm in the Royal Farms Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. Join Dr. Perman for a Party in the Park before the ceremony from 11:30am to around 1pm. The procession starts at 1pm. Look for the ‘MEDICINE’ banner. Please see the UMB Commencement website for more information.

Graduation Questionnaire: If your class has 80% completion of the graduation questionnaire, each of you will get a wonderful gift, which has been donated by the Medical Alumni Association. Look for the email message from to get started or email for the link!

Other: If you will NOT be attending the University of Maryland School of Medicine graduation on Thursday, May 19, 2016, please let Dawn Roberts know.

Class of 2017

Residency Applications
The Electronic Residency Application Service Tutorial will take place on May 6th at 3pm in MSTF Auditorium. Please plan to attend to find out all about the residency application service, as well as the National Residency Matching Program.

CV and Unique Characteristics
Please send your CV to in PDF format in a file named ‘LastName, FirstName’ by May 15, 2016. A sample CV can be found on this webpage. If you need help with your CV feel free to schedule a meeting with Dawn Roberts. Please complete your unique characteristics bullet points by May 15, 2016. To access your unique characteristics click on the ‘career’ tab on MedScope. A sample can be found there, as well as on the website at this link. We suggest that you create your bullet points in word and copy and paste into MedScope. Only ‘‚óŹ’ or numbers can be used. No other special characters can be used.

4th Year Photos
To get your complimentary VSAS/ERAS photo taken, you should report to the Photo and Graphics Group.

Photo and Graphics Group
Bressler Research Building
1st floor, Room 1-009.
(Beyond Hosick Lecture Hall)
Phone x6-7808 (410-706-7808)
9:30a.m. – 3:00p.m.
Monday – Friday (Closed between noon and 1pm)

Call the day you plan to have your shoot to confirm the photographers are available.
Remember to dress professionally. Wear what you would wear to a residency interview.
Your potential, future program directors will be viewing these photos. The background is usually white.
Guys: Please arrive at the photo shoot prepared. Wear your jacket and tie. Shave/get hair-cuts etc. before the photo shoot.
Ladies: Please dress appropriately for the photo shoot. Most students wear shirts (not low-cut) and jackets. The photographers can’t completely re-touch your hairstyle, so come with your hair looking very nice.
Everyone: Scrubs are not appropriate.
Also the photographers are very busy…No re-shoots!
Don’t wait until the last minute!

Health Equity Visiting Clerkship

The Health Equity Visiting Clerkship is a 4-week experience sponsored by the Office for Health Equity and Inclusion at the University of Michigan Health System. The aim of the clerkship is to promote the development of medical students interested in health equity and inclusion careers. For more information, please visit: 

Pediatric Elective and Career Development Experience at Children's National Health System
The Minority Senior Scholarship Program (MSSP) at Children’s National aims to expose medical students from minorities underrepresented in medicine to careers in academic pediatrics and community health. The program enriches the experience of 4th year students through a one month elective rotation, close mentoring by faculty and residents, networking with program and hospital leadership, and financial support to offset the cost of travel and housing. For program and application information, please visit: Applications are due by May 1, 2016 

4th Year Pediatric Training at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, CA 
On behalf of the Department of Pediatrics at Kaiser Permanente East Bay Medical Center in Oakland, CA, and its faculty and residents, they are offering exciting training opportunities for 4th year medical students in the following pediatric venues:

  • Pediatric Inpatient
  • Pediatric Outpatient Ambulatory Clinic
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
  • Pediatric Subspecialties

Student learners will participate in the ongoing clinical and educational activities at our medical center and are outlined on their website. More information can also be found through their website at: 

Underrepresented in Medicine Senior Scholarship Program for Pediatrics at the University of Alabama School of Medicine 
The Scholarship provides funding for visiting fourth year medical students to participate in four-week clinical rotations in the Department of Pediatrics. The goal of the program is to attract highly talented students from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, and ethnic backgrounds interested in the field of pediatrics to UAB, providing exposure to our excellent training program. Students from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine, including African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native American, in addition to students whose backgrounds may bring a unique dimension to our training program are encouraged to apply. Scholarship recipients will have opportunity to network with faculty members within the Department of Pediatrics as well as UAB’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. For more information, please contact Will Sasser, M.D.. For more information and the application, please visit:

UC Davis School of Medicine Visiting Elective Program
UC Davis SOM is sponsoring a subsidized 4th year Visiting Clerkship Program. Their program targets socio-economically disadvantaged students who come from traditionally under-represented in Medicine communities. The VCP is for qualified fourth year students who are considering completing their residency at UC Davis and would like to do an acting internship/ externship at the University of California Davis Medical Center. For more information, please visit: UC Davis Visiting Clerkship Program 

University of Rochester Visiting Clerkship Program
Three funded visiting clerkship positions are available at the University of Rochester Medical Center from August through November of 2016 for select applicants from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine (URiM) or who have a demonstrated vision and commitment to improving the health status of diverse patient populations via patient care, research and/or teaching. For more information, please see the University of Rochester Medical Center Visiting Clerkship Information Packet 

Class of 2018

Formal will take place on April 16th at Westminster Hall.

David R. Cox Prize for Rare Compassion
Students are asked to write a reflection essay about a new relationship they've forged with a rare disease family since June 1, 2015. If you would like to be introduced to a family in your area, please email Carrie Ostrea, Advocacy Director, at Selected submissions will be considered for publication online or in print, and winning authors will additionally receive a certificate and up to $1,500 in cash prize. Deadline: August 1, 2016. 

National Conference for College Women Student Leaders

The National Conference for College Women Student Leaders will host its annual leadership conference on June 2-4, 2016 at University of Maryland College Park for female undergrad and graduate students. The goal is to provide a robust experience for the next generation of women leaders. UMB and UMBrella are sponsoring this year’s event, and as part of our sponsorship, UMBrella will offer two scholarships for UMB students to attend the three day conference.

Scholarship winners will be able to take advantage of numerous workshop sessions, attend a graduate school and career fair, and listen to two keynote speakers Franchesca Ramsey (Vlogger, Comedian, Host of MTV’s Decoded, and Writer/Contributor for The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore) & Hilary Corna (Entrepreneur, Businesswoman, Author, Founder of the #DareYourself Campaign). In addition to these activities the students will be able to network with fellow students from around the country. These lifelong connections can take place during dinner, the night in D.C or at the Women of Distinction Awards Ceremony & Reception.

Please submit your one-page letter of interest to Camilla Kyewaah detailing why you would like to attend and your leadership experience. This submission will be considered your formal application that will be reviewed by the UMBrella founding members. For further information about the conference please visit:

Class of 2019

Student Council Elections
Student Council elections for 2016-2017 academic year will begin in mid-April. Look for an email from OSA about the details.

David R. Cox Prize for Rare Compassion
Students are asked to write a reflection essay about a new relationship they've forged with a rare disease family since June 1, 2015. If you would like to be introduced to a family in your area, please email Carrie Ostrea, Advocacy Director, at Selected submissions will be considered for publication online or in print, and winning authors will additionally receive a certificate and up to $1,500 in cash prize. Deadline: August 1, 2016. 

Health Policy Fellowship with the American Academy of Opthalmology
Healthcare is changing rapidly. It is crucial that medical students have the advocacy and political skills to be champions for their patients and profession. The Health Policy Fellowship summer program is an opportunity for motivated and driven medical students to take on a leadership role in health policy. This Fellowship will provide a student the chance to work with AAO and interact with federal policy makers to help effect positive change. The Fellow will work closely with the government affairs and legal team at AAO to learn and engage in the legislative, legal and regulatory process. Applicants for the AAO Fellowship should have interest particularly in Medicare issues, congressional issues, regulations, agency comments and reimbursement issues among other health policy topics. For more information and to apply, please visit:!fellowships/cee5. The deadline to apply is April 11, 2016. 

Reminders and Events

April 1, 2016
MedChi Lunch & Learn: Marijuana: Medical and Otherwise
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
MedChi Building
1211 Cathedral Street Baltimore, MD 21201
Lunch will be provided. Reservations are required.
Please RSVP to: or 410-539-0872 x3308

April 4, 2016
Achieving Work-Life Balance
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
SMC Campus Center
Room 351

April 8, 2016
Mindful Eating and Nutrition
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
SMC Campus Center
Room 351

April 9, 2016
Shake Away Your Stress
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
SMC Campus Center

April 11, 2016
Health Policy Fellowship with the
American Academy of Opthalmology
Application Deadline

April 13, 2016
Class of 2016
Regalia Deadline
1st Floor, Fireplace Lounge

April 16, 2016
Class of 2018 Formal
Westminister Hall

April 21, 2016
Puppy Love 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
SMC Campus Center
Room 349