August 2015 Updates

Student Group Events

American Medical Women’s Association

AMWA welcomed medical students back to campus with a kick-off dinner and physician panel on 8/31. Six accomplished female physicians shared their personal and professional experiences as women in medicine. Special thanks our panelists – Dr. Tracey Dechert, Dr. Karen Antman, Dr. Jodi Abbott, Dr. Arooj Hyat, Dr. Rhoda Alani, and Dr. Jodi Wenger. Elizabeth Yuan, the region 1 leader from the AMWA student division, was also in attendance to share the benefits of joining the national chapter. – Jana Florian

Clinical Neuroscience Society

At the first event of this year for Clinical Neuroscience Society (CNS), we hosted Dr. Mark Moss, director of the Anatomy and Neurobiology Department as well as the faculty advisor for CNS. Dr. Moss enlightened a large crowd of first year and second year medical students with humorous anecdotes, lively examples, and even audience participation regarding the history of cognitive neuroscience. He introduced how the brain is amazingly interesting and largely a black box of information that we – as a hopeful clinicians and scientists – could solve during our careers. Look for an upcoming talk and brain cutting event from CNS in September!Songjun William Li

Integrative Medicine Student Interest Group

The Integrative Medicine Student Interest Group sat down with ten M1s interested in Integrative Medicine. Together, we enjoyed a fruit and cheese platter and an hour long discussion about our understanding of and interest in Integrative Medicine. Each of us shared personal experiences with various Integrative Medicine modalities as well as ideas for future events. – Bryan AnkerIntegrative Medicine Student Interest Group - 8-20-15

Outreach Van Project & Homeless Health Immersion Program

Dr. Mardge Cohen led an inspiring session about Homelessness in Boston. She opened the session by describing her current patients at Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program and encouraged students to describe how the person became homeless. Students reflected that many of them became homeless because of chronic diseases that were not treated in their early stages. Dr. Cohen then gave a background of homelessness in the US and Boston, describing particular problems that followed the Long Island Bridge closure last fall. We had 102 students attend the session, primarily first years (about 75) and also second, third and fourth years. Students were eager to become involved at BHCHP and Homeless Health Immersion experience (HHIE) is putting together more opportunities for volunteering for medical students. Overall a huge success! Big thanks to Dr. Cohen and t! he HHIE and OVP leadership. – Katie IvyOutreach Van Project & Homeless Health Immersion Program - 8-19-15

Integrative Medicine


We held 4 student-led meditation sessions over the last month: 8/19, 8/27, 9/2, 9/9. At each session, one of our student leaders led the group in various meditation practices and afterwards everyone shared our experiences with the given practice. Some of the techniques we tried were: metta (loving kindness), mindful coloring, progressive muscle relaxation, and guided imagery, among others. Attendees were very receptive and appreciative of the opportunity to focus on relaxation techniques. – Lisa Voltarelli

Emergency Medicine Interest Group

The Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG) hosted a documentary screening of the award winning documentary CODE BLACK. Viewers were exposed to the the challenges faced by one of the nation’s busiest and most historic ERs, LA County. Students were able to discuss some of these issues with an emergency medicine physician at Boston Medical Center (BMC) and see how BMC handles similar issues. – David Hui & Han XuEMIG - 080215


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