College of Medicine and Life Sciences News

Photos: College of Medicine goes Red for Women

Friday, February 5, 2016, is National Wear Red Day in support of Go Red For Women, a national movement started by the American Heart Association to prevent heart disease and strokes, which cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year.

Here are photos from around The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences.

Go Red for Women - Cardiovascular Medicine

Cardiovascular Medicine

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Faculty honored at recognition dinner

Faculty Recognition 2016

Members of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences Faculty were honored January 14, 2016.

For the 24th year, we celebrated our faculty members at the annual dinner. We honor them for their dedication and commitment to the mission and goals of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences and the University during the 2015 calendar year.

It is a time to recognize faculty members for their longtime service, to honor individuals who have excelled in their careers, teaching and research, and to acknowledge individuals for their commitment to mentoring our students. We also recognize new emeritus faculty members.

We would like to thank the honorees and all of the staff and volunteers who made the evening a success.

Read more about all of the honored faculty on our dedicated website.


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.

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Bake a Personal Statement PIE

apple pie

Home Made Apple Pie https://flic.kr/p/5CjH2D

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.

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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

Google-Coke logo mashup

Google-Coke logo mash-up, http://www.andrewkeir.com/logo-mashups/

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.

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