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January 2017

OSA News
OSA would like to wish you a Happy New Year!

University Student Financial Assistance News
FAFSA Reminder
The FAFSA priority deadline date of March 1st is approaching. Please log on to and complete the 2017-2018 application. When doing so, please be mindful that you are including 2015 income information. If you filed federal income taxes for 2015, please use the IRS data retrieval option to add your income information. All students must complete the asset section of the application.

Upcoming Webinars
If you are thinking about a career in academic medicine, then you need to sign up for this webinar: “Academic Medicine: Is This a Financially Viable Career Choice?” Financial Information, Resources, Services, and Tools (FIRST), along with members from Building the Next Generation of Academic Physicians (BNGAP), will present this informative webinar. Attendees will obtain an understanding of financial packages for physicians in private versus academic practice, and the financial mechanisms/resources that support various career tracks (clinical, education, research). Webinar participants will also learn about the various federal loan repayment plans that can make repaying your student loan debt manageable. This webinar is being offered on January 10, 2017 from 12:00 – 1:30 PM EST, and also on January 11, 2017 from 3:00 – 4:30 PM EST. Register today!

Join the FIRST Friday webinar on January 13, 2017 at 3 PM EST. The topic of this webinar is: “Determining the Who, What, When & How Much of Your Student Loans”. During this webinar you will learn about the steps you need to take to manage your student loan debt, and about the process of choosing the best repayment strategy for you. Start the year off right by taking the first steps towards successful loan repayment, and register for this webinar now.

To register for these webinars or to view previously recorded webinars, visit

The William P. Didusch Center for Urologic History Summer Intern
The William P. Didusch Center for Urologic History is presently recruiting for a summer intern to work as a research assistant. This center is located in the headquarters of the American Urological Association (AUA) in Linthicum, MD (a few miles south of Baltimore).

Responsibilities of the summer intern include research for next year’s annual history exhibit, finding artifacts, images, background material for presentations and fulfilling internal and external customer requests. The work is varied and flexible. Students interested in writing may be encouraged to write a presentation on some aspect of the history of urology to submit for the History Forum held every year at the AUA’s annual meeting; our last intern wrote numerous exhibit panels on extreme urological conditions.

Each applicant must be a medical student at an accredited university. The candidate must have proficient Microsoft Office skills and submit a statement of interest explaining his/her interest in the history of medicine as well as a current CV.

The position will run for a period of 8-10 weeks during the summer 2017; the individual will be paid $20 per hour and have access to the company fitness center. Work hours not to exceed 40 hours per week.

Interested students should e-mail their letter of interest and CV to Human Resources at

SAVE THE DATE - Institute for Global Health Seminar Series Inaugural Event
Monday, February 6, 2017
HSF II Auditorium
20 Penn Street

Michele Barry, MD, FACP, FASTMH
Professor of Medicine Senior Associate Dean of Global Health
Director, Center for Innovation in Global Health
Stanford University School of Medicine Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment Stanford University

2017 Foglia-Hills Summer Fellowship
This summer fellowship program exposes medical students to the rewards of laboratory research directed toward solving important health problems in children with congenital heart disease. The overall mission of their research laboratory is to maximize intellectual development and minimize neurological injury associated with congenital heart anomalies and their treatment using clinically-relevant experimental modes of injury. For more information, please visit: FogliaHillsInternship

The Palate
The Palate, a peer-reviewed online publication for medical students at the intersection of nutrition and public health, is looking for medical students of all class years to submit manuscripts for publication. They will accept scholarly articles, opinion pieces, and personal narratives which explore the connections between nutrition, public health, and medicine. Since their launch in May 2016, they have published 15 manuscripts and have a student network of editors at over 11 different institutions.

The Palate is run entirely by medical students and seeks to engage medical students in conversations that explore the connections between nutrition and public health, and the health of our patients, communities, and ourselves. They envision a future where nutrition is an integral part of health care practice and medical education. The Palate believes that this publication will inspire a commitment to the integration of nutrition and public health in the future medical careers of our readers.

If you are interested in contributing to The Palate, please contact them at They are seeking manuscripts on all topics related to nutrition and public health, including the current obesity epidemic, food inequalities and insecurities, and the food environment.

They are also seeking medical students to serve on the publication's editorial board to curate content for this important new community, as well as faculty members to serve on our publication’s editorial board as Nutrition Experts. Contact them at to get involved.

Class of 2017

Student Speaker
The commencement ceremony features a student who will deliver a 3- to 5-minute speech on behalf of all the graduates. If you would like to self-nominate, please submit the following information to Nancy Gordon, Executive Director of Protocol and Special Events at no later than 5 p.m. on February 3, 2017.

  • full name
  • full mailing address
  • phone number
  • email address
  • academic program
  • an outline of your comments (not to exceed one page)
  • a narrative describing why you believe you are a strong nominee for this selection (not to exceed one page.

The Executive Director of Protocol and Special Events will review submissions to make sure they meet basic requirements. Those that qualify will be reviewed by the selection committee. The selection committee will consist of Student Affairs Deans, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Chief Communications Officer and Vice President, Executive Director, Protocol and Special Events, and a student representative. A committee will review all nominations and invite selected individuals for one-on-one inter-views with the selection committee soon after the February 3rd deadline. Committee will select a finalist in early March. Incomplete nomination paperwork will not be considered.

National Anthem
A graduating student or student group will be chosen to perform the national anthem at Commencement. There is a brass quintet that can accompany the performance. Contact Nancy Gordon to schedule an audition.

Student Video
There will be a friendly competition for a student-produced video set to music that will be featured during the Commencement program. Runner-up videos will be shown in on the big screens before the ceremony begins.

  • Videos should be five minutes or less
  • Keep it clean!
  • Subtitles are preferred
  • Videos produced in the past two years by current graduating students may be submitted
  • Must include credits
  • Must be reviewed by your student affairs dean prior to submission
  • Submissions are due by April 21, 2017, and will be reviewed by the same group

Here are links to last year’s winner and a few examples from other professional schools:
UMB winner last year
Northwestern Law
UNLV Nursing
Dartmouth Medicine
UCLA Medicine
UCSF Pharmacy

Class of 2018

Vascular Surgery Away Elective Grant
The vascular surgery department at the University of Colorado has secured funding to support travel and housing for a student rotation in vascular surgery. Away rotations can be a good way for medical students to get to know a department and also for recruitment.  For more information, please visit: VascularySurgeryGrant

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Medical Research Scholars Program (MSRP)
The application deadline for the 2017-2018 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP) is Friday, January 13, 2017. Accepted students start the program in the summer (July or August) of 2017.

The MRSP is a year-long research enrichment program designed to attract creative, research-oriented medical, dental, and veterinary students to the NIH intramural campus in Bethesda, MD. The MRSP is designed for U.S. citizens and permanent residents currently enrolled in an accredited medical, dental, or veterinary program who have completed their core clinical rotations. This does not exclude students with strong research interests from applying prior to having completed their clinical rotations.

Students engage in a mentored basic, clinical, or translational research project that matches their professional interests, and research and career goals. Their research experiences are supplemented by academic activities featuring lectures by world-renowned scientists, clinical rounds featuring research patients from the NIH Clinical Center, and an interactive journal club addressing major issues in clinical research.

General MRSP inquiries should be directed to

Reminders and Events

January 13, 2017
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Medical Research Scholars Program
Application Deadline

January 13, 2016
Class of 2018
Fourth-Year Scheduling Meeting
1:00 - 4:30 pm
SMC Campus Center - Elm Room A

January 18, 2016
Class of 2019
Third-Year Scheduling Meeting
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
SMC Campus Center - Elm Room A