Student Group Events
Integrative Medicine Interest Group and SNAAC
|On Friday, October 10th, the Integrative Medicine Interest Group and SNAAC held an interactive communication and community workshop targeting toward first and second year students aimed at self-care and well-being of students. Three current second year students lead three interactive activities which promoted meditation, relaxation, mindfulness, communication, and generous listening. Twenty-five students from two classes attended this event and experienced first-hand about the aspects of integrative medicine and our topic for this year: self-care. Several second year students from SNAAC led a healthy cooking demonstration in which they taught students how to make simple, nutritious, yet delicious meals from a few cheap and easily-accessible ingredients. The goal of this event is to teach students how to take care of themselves (psychologically and physically! ) so they can better take care of their patients in the future. -Wenqi Feng|
Family Medicine Interest Group
|On Thursday, October 9, in celebration of Primary Care Week, the Family Medicine Interest Group hosted a lunch talk with Dr. Erica Mintzer, a graduate of the BU Family Medicine Residency program and a faculty member at both BMC and the Codman Square Community Health Center. Dr. Mintzer spoke about her journey to becoming a family physician and her experiences as a primary care practitioner at a community health center. Dr. Mintzer also discussed her involvement in community health endeavors and answered questions from current students regarding the scope of Family Medicine as well as changes currently happening in primary care. Twenty students from the first and second year classes attended this event and learned more about practicing in a primary care setting. -Tara Shenoy|
Cardiology Interest Group
|The Cardiology Interest Group hosted a lunch panel featuring cardiologists from different sub-specialties. This was a great introduction for medical students to learn more about Cardiology and get an idea of a typical day in each of these sub-specialties. We also presented shadowing opportunities for students interested in getting more first-hand experience in Cardiology. -Rishitha Bollam|
PEDS Interest Group, Internal Medicine Interest Group, Geriatrics Interest Group, DIIG
|The Pediatrics Interest Group, the Internal Medicine Interest Group, and the Geriatrics Interest Group co-sponsored a dinner panel and heard from physicians about their experiences working in primary care. The panel included a pediatrician, internist, and geriatrician and students were able to learn about multiple paths to and different ways to practice primary care.
Dr. Arvin Garg, Department of General Academic Pediatrics, Boston Medical Center
Dr. Geoff Modest, Medical Director, Upham’s Corner Health Center
Dr. Heidi Auerbach, Medical Director, Geriatrics Ambulatory Practice, Boston Medical Center
Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN)
|The Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN) hosted a Neurology Panel on Monday Oct 6th in L203 from 12 to 1 PM. The panel featured: Dr. Hohler, Dr. Montouris, Dr. Kase, Dr. Perloff, and Dr. Holsapple. The panel discussed what life is like in neurology & neurosurgery and addressed audience questions regarding the respective fields. This event served to increase awareness of the fields of neurology and neurosurgery, and sparked the interest of medical students in those fields. -Connie Wu|
BU Advocacy Training Program (BUATP), Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), Physicians for Human Rights (PHR)
|On Oct. 4, 2014 the Boston Student Health Activist Community (BSHAC) Summit took place for the second time at BUSM. The day-long conference was co-sponsored by BU Advocacy Training Program (BUATP), Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), and Physicians for Human Rights (PHR). This event brought together students from multiple schools including BU, Harvard, Tufts, and Brown University. Although the event was primarily geared towards medical students, students from other disciplines (e.g. public health and dentistry) participated as well.
The purpose of the summit was to connect the local community of students interested in public health, human rights, and social justice–and teach them skills for turning their altruistic ideas into effective actions for addressing the social determinants of health. The schedule included 4 keynote speakers selected for their experience in physician advocacy and health activism. Dr. Megan Sandel, a BUSM Associate Professor of Pediatrics and nationally recognized expert on housing and child health, spoke about the importance of social services and medical-legal partnerships in promoting the health of low-income and homeless populations. Dr. Daniel Dworkis, an Emergency Medicine Resident at MGH and one of the founders of BUATP, presented a framework for approaching advocacy projects and engaged the group in applying the framework to cases involving social problems. The day also included 2 breakout sessions, in which students had the opportunity to learn more and get involved wit! h community organizations that advocate for issues such as the public health effects of climate change (Physicians for Social Responsibility), reproductive rights (NARAL), and single-payer health care (PNHP).
The attendees of the BSHAC Summit left feeling empowered by the community of student health activists that exists in Boston, and excited to work together to promote positive social change in health care throughout their careers. -Jawad Husain
Student Presentations at National Conferences
|I attended and presented at a poster discussion on quality improvement at CHEST 2014 in Austin, TX on Oct 29, 2014. CHEST is the annual conference for the American College of Chest Physicians, a medical association in the United States consisting of physicians and non-physician specialists in the fields of pulmonology, critical care medicine and sleep medicine.
I was part of a poster discussion in which the poster was formally presented and then discussed between myself, moderators, and the attendees highlighting and cross referencing key points of the research conducted at BMC. The presentation was on Early Family Meetings in the MICU for Older Adults with Multi-System Organ Failure. This clinical research was done in the Summer of 2013 and finished throughout the 2013-2014 academic year. It was a pleasure meeting many people in the field and learning a great deal about various advanced therapies used in MICUs. I was fortunate to also attend talks on pediatric pulmonlogy and occupational asthma triggers and understand how other institutions approach pulmonary disease in contrast to how we approach it. -Sagar Patel