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September, 2016

Welcome Class of 2020 !

On July 25, 2016, Emory School of Medicine welcomed the Class of 2020!  Dean Christian Larsen began the morning noting the future joys and challenges ahead.  J. William Eley, Executive Assoc. Dean of Medical Education also spoke to the class.  Dr. Ira Schwartz continued the orientation and  proceeded to "orient" our new MD students to person, place and time.  The Class of 2020 students come from 31 states, 17 countries, and range from 27 to 30 years old. The M1's are well underway in the curriculum and in life as an Emory med student.  We wish you well!

Emory School of Medicine and Men Tsee Khang

The Emory Tibet Science Initiative is part of the overall Emory Tibet Initiative .    Many of you have taken part in the CBCT Meditation classes under this program.  Over the past few years, Emory Medical School faculty have participated in this initiative.  This year, 13 students and 6 faculty members travelled to Dharamsala, India to teach -- and to learn from -- Tibetan Medical Students. 

Their Story
Community Service

Emory Medical School Service Club activities typically take place each month. Event types vary and involve engaging and helping individuals in the community in a way that is non-medical / non-clinical in nature. Its most recent activity was at AG Rhodes Health and Rehab.

New this year for medical students, Community Learning and Social Medicine has now become part of the MD curriculum.

More on Community Learning
MS Handbook 2016-2016

The Doctor of Medicine Student Handbook is live at

Keep informed! Take some time to review very important policies that have been updated for 2016-2017.  Policies regarding absences,  student mistreatment, and scheduling events can be found here.  

MSS Weekly Email!

Students! Want your event listed on MSS’s weekly student activities email?   This is a great way to learn about upcoming events in one place!  Margot Hillyer '18, uses this link to collect the information for each event and put it in her weekly email and the online portal calendar!

Share Your Event
Harriet Tubman Women's Clinic

HTWC is Emory School of Medicine’s student-run women’s health clinic. Funded by an award from Alpha Omega Alpha Society and a matching grant from Dean Emeritus, Tom Lawley, the clinic provides gynecological services including STD testing and treatment, pap smears, colposcopy, and birth control options to uninsured and underinsured women in Atlanta. The mission of the clinic is two-fold: the first is to provide women’s health care to underserved populations in Atlanta; and the second is to serve as a teaching clinic for first year medical students.  The Harriet Tubman Women's Clinic will now be working within the Clarkston Community Center serving refugees.


Mark Your Calendar

Poverty and Health Week
September 19-24, 2016
Sponsored by HTWC, Open Door Clinic, Good Samaritan Clinic, Gateway Clinic, H-STAT, and the M2 Service Chairs

White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2020
Saturday, Oct. 29
MS Student Thanksgiving Potluck
Monday, Nov. 14

Student Congratulations!

Ankita Tippur and Giacomo Waller have both been accepted into the National Institute of Health's Research Program. Jonathan Diehl has been accepted into the Doris Duke Research Fellowship Program.
Emory Peer Mentoring Society

New this year! 

The aim of the organization is to provide peer-level support for Emory medical students at all levels on personal as well as academic issues. This year, we have 34 peer mentors from the M4 class. They are paired with M3 small groups to facilitate assistance regarding clerkships, planning a discovery project, and choosing a specialty. There is also a Peer Mentor Face Sheet that will soon be uploaded to the Emory Docs webpage with the contact information and personal interests of the 34 peer mentors in this year’s group.

We are really excited about this new initiative and hope it will provide a lasting model for senior student leadership and peer-level support in the School of Medicine.  ~John Wells, M4 Class President

Welcome Kaldi's !

We hope that all are enjoying Kaldi's on the first floor of the SOM.  Thank you to Dean Larsen and the SOM Leadership for working on this agreement with Kaldi's  and for providing the new café area furniture, inside and out! 

Please note that the café furniture is to remain in its location at all times, even after hours.  Thanks for taking care of our new area.

Medical Student Teaching Competition

On August 1, Emory School of Medicine hosted the 3rd annual Medical Student Teaching Competition.  Kristina Chambers (M2) won the competition for her talk on the pathophysiology of Long QT syndrome. Eight finalists were selected from 35 medical students who applied to be in the competition. The finalists, Jared Beyersdorf (M2), Ben Boone (M4), Emma Cooke (M2), Arun Kumar (M3), Will Lindquester (M4), Dave Mathews (G3, MD/PhD) and Max Medert (M4), prepared "bite-sized" 8 minute talks on a medical topic of their choice.  Each finalist was paired with a faculty mentor to help coach  their presentations. A panel of seven faculty members judged the competition. Dr. Kimberly Manning, who also coordinates the Fellows Teaching Competition, worked with a team of medical students to organize the event.

You Spoke, We Listened

Graduating Seniors Said:  Students would benefit from an extra class meeting focusing on residency applications - even before ERAS opened for uploads. In August this year, we held such a meeting for seniors entering the Match 2017.  The feedback on this meeting was very positive, and we hope to continue this for senior students in the future.

Students Said:  We need clearer feedback about student performance on integrated topics (e.g. subjects that aren't defined as a module, such as: microbiology, immunology, etc.) The new ExamSoft/SofTest online exam software for Foundations classes will allow faculty to collate scores and give more in-depth feedback to students.

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