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Med students complete summer community health project

Students pose for a photo at the reflection picnic held Aug. 13 at Providence Dam Metropark in Grand Rapids.

Students pose for a photo at the reflection picnic held Aug. 13 at Providence Dam Metropark in Grand Rapids, Ohio.

This summer, medical students spent more than 4,500 combined hours of service in the community.

Rising second-year medical students were part of the eight-week Waite Brand Community Health Project, a summer work-study program that pairs medical students between their first and second years with local social service agencies.

For medical students, it’s their last free summer of college before they begin year-round clinical rotations and they could spend it doing anything they want.

From May to July, these 15 students spent roughly 300 hours each at one of 11 sites throughout Northwest Ohio. They were Reynolds Elementary School, The Sight Center of Northwest Ohio, The Ability Center of Greater Toledo, ProMedica, Feed Lucas County Children, Cherry Street Mission, YWCA of Northwest Ohio, Prescribed Pediatric Center, Mercy Health, UT CommunityCare Clinics and The University Church Garden.


Students inducted into Gold Humanism Honor Society

Nandini Abburi

Nandini Abburi

Megan Mooney

Megan Mooney

On Monday, May 2, third-year medical students were inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

The society recognizes individuals who are exemplars of humanistic patient care and who can serve as role models, mentors and leaders in medicine.

Inductees were nominated by their classmates and selected by current fourth-year members, along with senior leadership from the college.

“Like most honorary societies, you are not admitted because of what you have done, but because of what you are likely to do,” said Dr. Ronald McGinnis, senior associate dean of student affairs, to the inductees. “You have been nominated to carry the humanistic values of medicine for the rest of your life in medicine.”


FAQs: Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE)

For current fourth year medical students: Frequently Asked Questions about your Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE)

Note: This information is for current M4 students who are participating in the residency application process at The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences (UTCOM). If you are a UTCOM M1, M2 or M3 student, please see this post for an introduction to the MSPE. If you are a student at another medical school, please consult your Student Affairs office for details about your school’s process.


Bake a Personal Statement PIE

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Home Made Apple Pie

A frequent issue with personal statements is that they are not coherent. You only get about a page to make your case–as such, it is crucial that your reader is able to easily follow your flow and immediately understand what you are trying to communicate.

Along with being honest and accurate as well as 100% free of spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors, having a coherent, well-organized and logical structure is the very least of what your personal statement should be.

One writing tool that may help in this regard is using a PIE [Point-Illustration-Explanation] structure for your paragraphs of your statement.


About YOU: Professional Branding for Medical Residency Personal Statements

There are two related issues I often see when reviewing students’ drafts of their residency application personal statements: one issue involves not making the statement specific enough about the student and the other issue involves writing a statement that is more appropriate for a medical school application, but not so appropriate for a residency application. Both issues stem, I believe, from a more

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Google-Coke logo mash-up,

fundamental issue: Many students have not thought enough about what their professional brand is at this point in their training, nor are they able to adequately articulate this brand.

Your Personal Statement Should Be About YOU

This sounds like a pretty obvious statement. But you may be surprised at how many statements I have read where this obvious rule did not seem to be followed.

And actually, making the personal statement personal is often harder than you may think.

A personal statement is like a 1-page movie trailer with the potential to interest a reader enough that she will want to invite you to her program to interview for a residency position. Just as it would be foolish for the producers of one of the “Hunger Games” movies to try to get people see the film by including footage from “Frozen” in their trailer, it is not to your advantage to use your personal statement to highlight anyone other than you.