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UNIVERSITY MEDICAL STUDENT COUNCIL

http://www2.uic.edu/stud_orgs/prof/umsc/index.html

MINUTES FOR APRIL 19, 2008 MEETING

Location: UICOM-Peoria at 10:00am (Breakfast at 9:30am)

Attendance:

Chicago: Dean Kashima, Adam Meisel, Imad Qayyum, Mengyao Liang, Carrie

Nieman, Justin Brown, Liz Podczerwinski, Luke Kinsinger, Quintin Cappella, Jennifer Watt


Peoria: Dean Sara Rusch, Dean Linda Rowe, Bryce Ching, David Rodriguez, John Rose, Molly McMorrow, Maya Nambisan


Rockford: Yogi Patel, Colleen Dickinson (excused), Kara Simonson (excused), Audrey Hall (excused)


Urbana: Smita Das, Rena Shah, Molly Maloof, Margaret Ferris, Nathan Blair on behalf of Adam Henson





  1. Welcome & Introductions

    1. Sara Rusch (rusch@uic.edu) – Regional Dean (Peoria)

      1. Discussed successful match for Peoria students. Students accepted into competitive residencies. 19% chose to stay in Peoria for residency.

      2. Peoria offers 10 residency programs and 6 fellowship/training programs. Hospital editions and expansions in progress. A lot of clinical research in devices for radiology and cardiology taking place.

      3. Resources and Challenges

        1. U.S medical school revenues include: State & local government, medical services revenue exponential increase, and tuition and fees, federal research grants and contracts.

        2. All public med schools revenue mean was $444 M and UICOM revenue was $459.7.

        3. State of Illinois is not funding the university at the same level as other public schools.

        4. Average IL student debt is greater than average public student debt

        5. Combined-Funding Sources: State 22%; Revolving 27%; MSP (patient care driven) 30%; Foundation 5%; Grants 14%; ICR (indirect cost) 2%

        6. UICOM-Peoria’s state and tuition funding has been flat since 1999

        7. UICOM-Peoria’s MSP/Contracts have grown

        8. Tuition keeps going up but why are students not seeing changes they desire? Answer: Tuition is distributed to all campuses and the main campus. Tuition increases even though net money stays the same.

        9. Peoria campus is particularly reliant on volunteer physician services. UICOM at Peoria has more than 1000 faculty members, but only 99 are salaried at 10% time. 43% of all hours of M2 labs and lectures are taught by physicians who are not full time; most are unpaid. Most of the clinical portions of the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th years’ outpatient education is provided by volunteer faculty. Faculty teach: to stimulate knowledge; for sense of responsibility; opportunity to mentor; as a result of peer pressure; to train doctors for central IL. 197 out of 736 Peoria’s doctors went to UI and 214/736 completed residency in Peoria.

        10. How do we address fiscal issues? State needs to increase its support for higher education; volunteer faculty deserve recognition; increase efforts in philanthropy (Illinois is less than other public school’s average); work on developing clinical and research programs which have a profit margin to subsidize the educational mission.

        11. Next year Dean Flaherty and 1+ student(s) will meet with lobby group representatives. Students need to generate a formal letter with signatures from all 4 sites to bring down to lobbyists.

        12. Q: How much are attrition rates/transfer rates related to malpractice? A: Residency and fellowship usually determine where you practice (loss of 15%- people stay where they do residency.)

        13. Q: Why does UICOM stay public? A: Loyalty of U of I fans/alumni and U of I name resonates.

        14. Q: Do businesses in Peoria donate much? A: Yes, for example: Caterpillar; students are voice.

    2. Linda Rowe (lpr@uic.edu) – Assistant Dean for Student Affairs (Peoria)

      1. Student affairs typical annual expenses

        1. Students pay 2 types of fees (general services; health services fee/counseling.)

        2. 2.5% mandated increase coming up.

        3. Student fee committee portions out funds to other sites (i.e. programs in Chicago.)

        4. UICOM at Peoria Students Affairs typical annual expense for cultural events tickets, symphony, Broadway, movies, sports: ~$27,700

        5. Foundation account donates money via physicians/grateful patients, which provides students with lunches after exams.

        6. Incentive scholarships to encourage to enter primary care/stay in Peoria.

        7. Bought a new TV for recreation room and renovating recreation facilities at Peoria.

        8. Campus at UIC has been sensitive to other sites; College of Medicine is composed of different experiences; fees go to programming that med students can benefit directly from- especially in Peoria and Rockford –Dean Kashima comment.

        9. RiverPlex offers negotiated rate for students (excludes busy hours.)

  2. Approval of the Minutes from February 9th, 2008 Meeting at UICOM-Urbana

    1. Motion, seconded, and approved.

  3. Executive Board Report

    1. President – Yogi Patel (Rockford)

      1. Prison Medical Project – Ted Pearson (tpearson@naarpr.org)

        1. The National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression-Chicago Branch (NAARPR, or the “Alliance”) Prison Medical Project has been going on for several years, and it has been snowballing in size. Interested in talking to any size group of students who might be interested in volunteering to help, in Chicago or anywhere else. Mr. Pearson is especially interested in talking with medical students Toupin, Goldsmith or Nieman in Chicago.

        2. The project was started in 1998 when the Alliance received letters from a few prisoners of the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) complaining that their medical problems were not being addressed. After several such letters were received, Mr. Pearson met with Ben Wolf, Associate Legal Director for the ACLU of Illinois, about whether a class action could compel the IDOC to meet its Constitutional obligation to provide medical and healthcare services to prisoners. (Courts have held that the prohibition of “cruel and unusual punishment” in the Eighth Amendment of the United States Constitution requires that prisoners receive medical care consistent with community standards of care.) Wolf advised that it would be necessary to gather a great amount of information and data in order to evaluate whether such an action was appropriate. The organization collected such information. Since then much data has been gathered, but it was recognized that the project has directly affected the quality of healthcare in the prisons.

        3. “We have no full time staff, only volunteers. We absorb the cost of the project, mainly office supplies and the expense of copying medical charts, from the funds we raise through donations from supporters. As the project has grown we are beginning the process of seeking funds to keep up with it.”- Ted Pearson

        4. “We found very early that prisoners are often desperate to obtain health care. Many face, or believe they face, life threatening injuries and/or illnesses for which they are frustrated in getting treatment. Some prisoners have died while treatment is denied or delayed (some after contacting us).”- Ted Pearson

        5. “We have a four-step process for each prisoner-patient:

          1. We receive a letter from a prisoner stating that they have a medical or health problem for which they cannot get adequate attention or treatment. Alternatively, we may learn about a prisoner with such an issue from another prisoner or family member.

          2. We write to the prisoner about our project and send them the standard IDOC ‘Authorization for Release of Offender Medical Health Information’ and ‘Authorization for Release of Offender Mental Health or Substance Abuse Treatment Information.’

          3. The prison medical records director sends us an invoice for copying the charts when they receive the signed release from the prisoner, and we send them a check.

          4. A volunteer nurse practitioner summarizes the chart and attempts to evaluate the claims of the patient.”- Ted Pearson

        6. “We do steps i and ii electronically with a group of volunteers, most of whom are in the Chicago area but one of whom is actually in England. It’s done by email communication. The letters are scanned and physically filed in our office at 13th and Wabash in Chicago. They are then emailed as PDF files to volunteers who read them and determine what the prisoner is requesting. The volunteer records brief information about each prisoner’s problem in a database, a specific response to questions that are asked, and demographic information about the person, their location, and the type of letter to send them. There are several template letters we have for answering prisoners’ letters. A computer generates the correct letter to each prisoner from the appropriate template, they get printed, and mailed.”- Ted Pearson

        7. “We could also review the charts by email, although some of them are very large. We are getting between 30 and 50 letters every week at this point, because the “word is out” that we are doing this, and there are a lot of problems with medical care in prison. It requires someone with clinical experience to be able to review a chart and understand what is going on with the patient (step 4). It doesn’t require such experience to review prisoner letters and figure out how to answer each one. Medical knowledge is useful in every stage, however. Our volunteers, except for the person reviewing medical charts, are all non-medical lay people. As you can see, there’s a lot of room for people with interest in correctional health care, or people just interested in human rights, to participate in this project at any level. I’m looking forward to talk with you or any of the local groups about the project with the hope of recruiting some volunteers.”- Ted Pearson

        8. Questions raised by students that Yogi will relay to Ted Pearson. Dr. Goldstein & Dr. Lipsky to be consulted with this project.

          1. What is the responsibility of M3/M4s? What is the liability for students who participate?

          2. Will students contribute to the lawsuit or to better healthcare?

          3. If there are any questions, for example regarding medications, whom would students contact? Email nurse practioner?

          4. How much IT support/encrypted files will be necessary for computers?

          5. Is there a potential HIPPA violation with sending prisoners’ electronic records?

          6. Why should we select this organization vs. other organizations? Students to decide.

          7. Could other student interest groups take part in this, like AMSA or other independent organizations?

          8. Is the lawsuit against the Illinois Department of corrections?

          9. Will students be involved against other doctors?

      2. College Executive Committee (CEC) Meeting

        1. Rockford Presentation on the Regional College of Pharmacy by Dr. B.

          1. College of Pharmacy is ranked 7th in the U.S.

          2. Dearth of pharmacists that graduate from UIC in counties outside of those close to Chicago.

          3. Establish a regional pharmacy school at the COM in Rockford.

          4. Admit 50 students per year starting in Fall 2009.

          5. Attempt to establish an "RPHARM" program that would be similar to the "RMED" program in order to get more pharmacists in rural Illinois counties.

        2. Research

          1. CTSA (Clinical and Translational Science Awards) application to NIH received a score of 175 points after review. This is an excellent score for a first submission. (http://www.ctsaweb.org/) With this effort more research taking place other than bench-type research

          2. Expanding research day in Chicago to all other COM campuses. Currently can submit abstracts, but students not invited. Questions on how to streamline entries since currently all comers are taken. Rockford and Urbana already have own research day.

          3. Asked why CCR (College Committee on Research) was in "hibernation". Members stated that the purpose of this committee was to allocate funding from certain sources. Now that those sources do not exist the committee has no real purpose. They are willing to listen to ideas about how and why the committee should be resurrected. However it needs some sort of funding source.

        3. Discussions with Evanston Hospital to establish an academic affiliation with UIC.

          1. Evanston Hospital is no longer going to be affiliated with Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. They are looking to establish an affiliation with another medical school in the Chicago area.

        4. Improving security around COM information technology infrastructure.

          1. This is an 8-month project. Mandated by the auditor general from the state of Illinois. Re-evaluation in 12 months.

        5. UICOM Rockford -- developing electronic medical record

          1. Using Serna product used at UIC.

        6. Certificate Program in Patient Safety Organizations

          1. Online course for post-baccalaureate health care professionals.

          2. Purpose is to ensure the wellbeing and safety of each patient while improving coordination of care.

          3. Curriculum will consist of three 4 credit hour courses for a total of 12 credit hours. Each course is 8 weeks long.

          4. Approved by CCIA and College Exec.

        7. MD + MS in Clinical and Translational Science (MD/ MS CTS)

          1. Will be available to new students.

          2. Will span M1 - M4 years (online courses during M2 and M3 years.)

          3. Will add 1 more year to your education (graduate in 5 years.)

          4. Consists of a mentored research project that will begin after the M3 year.

          5. Available to all 4 campuses?

          6. Mostly likely available for the incoming M1s

        8. University of Illinois "Brilliant Futures" Campaign

          1. Medicine Campaign has raised $147,963,257 in total gifts and pledges. That is 59% towards the $250 million campaign goal.

      3. Transition Meeting – review of discussion points.

        1. Craig Fellowship open to 4 campuses between M1/M2 years. Apply by May 12th.

        2. Students are encouraged to apply to the Gateway Program, a paid research opportunity in Urbana. Deadline for this year has already passed.

        3. Secretary will create UMSC High Yield Bulletin, which will be standard mini-recap of minutes forwarded to UMSC Representatives

        4. Considering organizing a UMSC sponsored doctor panel. Perhaps students would congregate at one central location.

        5. Letter writing campaign regarding med issues/support.

        6. Considering adding a message board to the UMSC site.

        7. UMSC exec board and/or members to attend Chicago’s leadership retreat. If enough student interest, this retreat could expand to include Rockford, Urbana, and Peoria (location of retreat is flexible.) Retreat would be scheduled around exams as the UMSC meetings are. Email Carrie Nieman (CarrieNieman@comcast.net) for suggestions.

      4. Dean Flaherty’s email

    2. Vice President – Colleen Dickinson (Rockford)

      1. College Committees

        1. Academic eligibility for new committee reps was verified by student affairs

        2. College committees should plan for their retreat- Colleen to send reminder email to committees.

          1. Admissions Committee retreat is May 29th

        3. Urbana needs to select new CCIA reps for 2008-2009 year.

        4. FEC emailed about to put together list of their rotations.

        5. Q: How can students establish new college committees? For example, an IT committee for issues like mandatory laptops, blackboard, software, power strips in certain lecture halls/rooms? A: Perhaps becoming a sub-committee of a current committee is easier to establish- Dean Kashima and Dean Rowe.

      2. Selection for the Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award is in early May. This award is intended for those who have published in medical education.

    3. Secretary – Liz Podczerwinski (Chicago) [Excused: Kara Simonson (Rockford)]

      1. Nothing new to report

    4. Treasurer – Adam Meisel (Chicago)

      1. Budget for 2008-2009 academic year

      2. If Rockford funding from last meeting has not been processed, this will require follow-up.

      3. Funding for parking at Chicago can be added to budget. Currently there is a $2 parking lot a few blocks away from meeting site. Alternately there is free street parking. Dean Kashima will look into providing free parking stickers.

    5. Historian/ Web Guru – Bryce Ching (Peoria)

      1. Web-board update

      2. OSR page, which Bryce and Maya are constructing, is being updated and includes several useful links.

      3. Driving directions are utilized by UMSC and non-UMSC visitors to Peoria

      4. Add OSR to the link bar on top of the UMSC page.

      5. Message board for UMSC website questions

        1. IT at Urbana-Champaign has an existing infrastructure. Could this be implemented into the UMSC site?

        2. How many sub-boards would be needed (i.e. match, Step 1, away rotations)?

        3. At Urbana, TAs can post, but students cannot. Should there be a public board to students?

        4. Who will moderate and how time-intensive will this be?

          1. Everyone will monitor each other and if something is offensive they can report it.

          2. Use of flags for hot topics was an idea well received.

          3. Requiring a click on a certificate of agreement to rules before posting could help control board content.

    6. OSR Representative – Maya Nambisan (Peoria)

      1. AAMC/OSR Spring Meeting Summary

        1. Information on National OSR page: http://www.aamc.org/members/osr/start.htm or UMSC website: http://www2.uic.edu/stud_orgs/prof/umsc/osr.html

        2. Keynote by Darrel Kirch, President AAMC

          1. Delineated changes to AAMC governance and history of governance through present time.

          2. Identified 6 Front burner issues

              1. Physician workforce,

              2. Financial hurdles for student

              3. Diversity in medical schools

              4. Support for teaching hospitals (NIH funding)

              5. Faculty physicians support

              6. Sustainable future

          3. Recommendations

              1. Board of Directors: composed of 17 members with seven new positions including a student position and a community member position.

              2. Two new groups formed on Diversity and Inclusion

              3. Medical School expansion project

        3. NRMP update (breakout session)

          1. 2008 Biggest match in history

          2. US seniors had highest fill rate in 30 years (94% PGY1 positions filled by US seniors)

          3. IMG in match up by 27%

          4. More information can be found at http://www.nrmp.org/data/resultsanddata2007.pdf

        4. Fourth year panel on surviving the match: Q & A

          1. Understand the match algorithm

              1. Match goes first by students list, tiebreakers (i.e., 2 or more who placed school at same place on the list, decided by schools list).

              2. Other students get bumped to next round.

          2. Expenses

              1. Orientation at the beginning of 3rd/4th year of match/interview process to cover costs, ranking, deans letter, resume, etc.

              2. Kayak.com for flights

              3. Find out about special loans available for expenses of interviewing

          3. Scramble

              1. Special scramble advisory document getting approved. Can be found at: http://www.aamc.org/students/eras/info_scramble/scrambleadvisoryapplicants.pdf

        5. Debt management (Breakout session)

          1. OHSU presented their debt management strategies.

          2. Some schools now considering credit score in accepting students (Med College Wisconsin)

          3. Tips

              1. Identify and counsel students with credit card debt.

              2. Inform students they don’t have to accept full loan amount.

              3. Ask students at the beginning of every loan period if they want to reduce the amount of their loan.

              4. Establish financial literacy via emails, newsletters, and presentations.

              5. For individual students, encourage record keeping, budgeting and information on salary expectation for specialties.

          4. Good debt management websites: UCLA, U. Florida has a student presentation on debt in residency.

        6. Joint session: Responding to Change, using personality differences to complement each other

          1. A discussion of Myers-Briggs score components and how this helps you deal with people from each personality type.

        7. Professionalism Remediation Project

          1. Robert Hernandez, M.D, Associate Dean, Student Affairs, University of Miami, Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine- School has website to handle student unprofessionalism.

          2. 8 domains of professionalism

              1. Code of conduct

              2. Physician Incident Reports are done through email for benign incidents

              3. Evaluations can be submitted for more complicated cases

              4. Pulse Program

              5. Student score themselves

              6. Peers rate their professionalism domains

              7. There is a feedback report that is generated and reviewed with the student

              8. Advice is given by administration

        8. Professionalism Project: NBME

          1. Peter Katsufrakis, MD, MBA, Associate Vice President for Post-Graduate and Development Programs, National Board of Medical Examiners

              1. Professionalism and professional behavior correlates with sex, ethnicity, age, and other factors. Based on the 6 stages of moral reasoning, we need to intervene in the medical school process. Role modeling is key from faculty

              2. Professional qualities- i.e. requiring working in a homeless clinic. Hard to define professionalism and easier to define unprofessionalism.

          2. One on one discussion of topic with faculty increases professional behavior. Small groups: ethics teaching is effective. 20 hours of instruction are needed. Feedback on behavior ultimately increases good behavior.

          3. Selection- “Instrument” to measure professionalism is tough. Use in admissions?

          4. Their study and program uses Evalue Multisource Feedback program. Different people give feedback. We all evaluate each other. Hard to create measures; defining frequency is not advised.

          5. Things to consider when studying professionalism:

              1. What/who gets info

              2. Who will see

              3. Who gives feedback

              4. Is discussion of feedback mandatory

              5. Try to use objective and behavior based feedback

              6. Give examples of behavior

        9. M Street Update

          1. Changes in AAMC Governance

          2. Workforce changes

          3. LCME: New schools, i.e. two in Florida

          4. Resources

              1. Financing: http://www.aamc.org/students/financing/start.htm

              2. Asiringdocs.org

          5. Minority Faculty and Student Initiatives

          6. Holistic Review Project of Admissions

          7. We need to use Careers in Medicine! http://www.aamc.org/students/cim/

          8. MCAT Revision

          9. AMCAS: Criminal Background Checks

        10. Innovative Programming

          1. Rural Opportunities in Medical Education, University of North Dakota

              1. 28 week integrated longitudinal clinical experience.

              2. Groups are sent to rural communities and video conference with core faculty.

              3. http://www.med.und.nodak.edu/depts/fammed/Rome/index.htm

          2. Health Care disparities curriculum at Pritzker

              1. Intense one week orientation on urban health disparities

              2. Site visits, lectures, teach back sessions

              3. http://pritzker.uchicago.edu/about/diversity/disparities.shtml

          3. Third Year Integrated Clerkship

              1. In a week rotate through different specialties

              2. 1 week in subspecialty only

              3. ACLS certification

              4. Earlier exposure to EM, ICU

          4. Longitudinal Ambulatory Care Experience (LACE at Baylor)

              1. Year long course for ambulatory care

              2. Target to serve underserved and rural

              3. Fieldtrips, work with preceptor

              4. Community Service project at end

              5. http://baylorcollegeofmedicine.com/osa/handbook/?pmid=7398

        11. Flexible M4 curriculum: 20 month clinical continuum (breakout session)

          1. Tulane University presents their new flexible curriculum instituted in 2003.

              1. Random number is generated for each student, beginning in June of 3rd year.

              2. Students are scheduled to meet with registrar for 10 minutes to schedule rotations for the next 2 months.

              3. Specialty department is then responsible for schedules including which hospital student rotates at, student is responsible for applying to and arranging audition rotations.

              4. Grading goes from P/F to H, HP, P, F for the clinical continuum.

              5. There are core requirements to be completed by a certain date but this is dependent on the student. A student in good standing gets more flexibility. Usually core clerkships done by Oct of “4th year”.

        12. Business Meeting

          1. OSR Concerns

              1. OSR Funding: varies by school

              2. What is the function of OSR?

              3. Have a brownbag at school

              4. Send letter to dean after regional/national meetings

              5. Send out newsletter with bullet points to students

              6. Get involved in exiting student groups (AMA, AMSA)

              7. Have 1 per class

              8. Elect in spring so students know what to expect

              9. OSR responsibilities at various sites: maintain database of student groups, website with national topics, communicate information, creation of survival guide for rotations, grant writing for programs, match list database

          2. Professionalism

              1. Many schools have no idea how professionalism is assessed at their school.

              2. Most schools receive a letter indicating that they have breached the code.

              3. Some schools have both an honor code and a professionalism code.

              4. UAB honor code as well as professionalism code, students sit on a panel to decide fate of students who commit infraction. They make recommendations to the Dean who decides on the student’s ultimate fate.

      2. Additional AAMC/OSR information presented at UMSC meeting that is different from above report

        1. 129 accredited US medical schools and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools

        2. 5 core constituent groups of the AAMC: Council of Deans; Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems; Council of Academic Societies; Organization of Student Representatives; Organization of Resident Representatives

        3. The OSR has 2/30 votes

        4. Purpose of OSR- to provide a forum; assess and represent; regularly communicate between different medical schools and medical student organizations.

        5. Mission of OSR- voting representation; actively participate in direction education; represented at local and national level.

        6. AAMC Humanism in Medicine Award to recognize physicians who have given back to community.

        7. OSR reps are selected by their medical schools to monitor activities at their institutions, represent student opinions of the OSR Administration.

        8. National meetings are held once a year; regional meetings every spring.

        9. OSR Chair 3 year position (chair-elect for 1 yr; Chair for 1 year; past chair for 1 year)

        10. Regional officers 1 year positions take office in the fall

          1. Regional delegates take office in the spring, upon election

          2. OSR liaison is a less time intensive position that requires meeting once a year at NY and relaying information at regional meetings.

        11. Physicians’ work force: Do doctors really go into primary care; and/or underserved areas? Or do they congregate on in certain areas i.e. coasts?

        12. Website highlighted VSAS – The visiting student application service; enter one application and pay one fee for 10 schools; pilot year launches in April 2008.

        13. Comments by Dean Kashima

          1. Dr. Kirsch current president AAMC

          2. MAS part of GSA (Group of Student Affairs); diversity issues broader than just admitting students (i.e. cultural competency.)

          3. Encourage attendance to the next regional meeting in Chicago.

          4. OSR website for our school to obtain minutes/links – Bryce working on it.

      3. Proposal for third OSR (Organization of Student Representatives) rep.

        1. More representatives are needed to adequately represent the four very different sites of the UIC-COM

          1. Q: Can UICOM have more representatives? A: Primary Representative can only vote (AAMC views 4 UICOM campuses as 1 college of medicine.)

        2. More representatives will ensure a feeder system, from year to year, in which each successive Primary Representative will have accumulated knowledge of the OSR and its concerns, giving the UIC a more active role at both the local and national levels within the OSR.

          1. The three reps will each come from at least 2 different campuses: one rep from Chicago and the remaining reps from the UPR

          2. Only reps who have spent a year or more in the OSR and/or the UMSC are eligible for the Primary Representative position

          3. The OSR position can be held for a maximum of 3 years (with review and re-election after each year)

          4. MSP students are eligible pending approval from the Urbana Dean of Student Affairs

          5. Funding to attend a meeting (national or local) will be provide for only 2 representatives at a time

          6. The Primary Representative must attend both national and local events provided there are no extenuating circumstances

        3. Motion to approve the proposal for third OSR

          1. Motioned, seconded, and approved

      4. Humanism in Medicine 2007 Award Recipient DVD

        1. UMSC meeting attendees watched the DVD during lunch break

        2. Application for Dr. Baig’s Humanism in Medicine 2008 Award Recipient was submitted last Friday

    7. Advisor – Dr. Kashima – Senior Associate Dean of Students

        1. LCME (Liaison Committee on Medical Education)- Self-assessment and evaluation of accreditation. LCME takes student input seriously. Heads up on getting student help for when accreditation representatives come in the future.

        2. Match 2008- UIC was average at 94% (NRMP- National Residency Matching Program). Visit http://www.nrmp.org/ for more information. Students should have strategies to match. If one didn’t match, there is so much traffic that occurs in the re-match (a.k.a scramble.) So, really evaluate 1st choice and competitive programs. Go for what you want, but recognize own performance and strategize. If attempted USMLE more than twice it will be harder to match in more competitive residencies (ex. Ortho vs. Family Practice.)

        3. Some residencies require Step 2 CK results before programs rank candidates. The sooner you take it, the better you perform according to studies.- Dr. Rowe

        4. Encourage students to look at AAMC website for nationwide statistics and as a means to compare self stats to national stats- Deans Kashima and Rowe

        5. Put together guides for students regarding electives, etc.

        6. ORR group is working on providing information/stats on fellowships.

  4. College Committee Reports

    1. College Committee on Student Promotions (CCSP)

      1. Submitted by David Rodriguez

      2. Due to the confidential nature of this committee, not many details can be given about our monthly meetings.  However, the CCSP and CCIA will be having a retreat later in the spring/early summer where we will make a revision to the 'Leave of Absence' policy for students and who this affects students’ performance.

    2. College Committee on Instruction and Appraisal (CCIA)

      1. Not submitted in time

      2. Impact of changes to USMLE

        1. Gateway 1 after M3 and Gateway 2 during residency

        2. 2012 is potential earliest year this is implemented

        3. 2017 is potential latest year this is implemented

      3. Library website- Videos of procedures through Library of Health Sciences- http://www.uic.edu/depts/lib/lhs/resources/evideolist.shtml

    3. College Committee on Admissions (CCA)

      1. Submitted by Bart Rose

        1. All applicants

          1. Total AMCAS applications received decreased 5.8% this year

          2. Total eligible for consideration (minimal criteria) decreased 5.1% this year

          3. Total applications to be reviewed by screeners increased 0.3% (Quality of applications increased)

          4. Total offers made increased 19.4% to 498 students

          5. Total number of students holding a place increased 18.9% to 471 students

        2. Under-represented minorities

          1. Total AMCAS applications received decreased this year

          2. Total applications to be reviewed by screeners increased this year

          3. Total offers made increased to 91 students

          4. Total number of students holding a place increased to 85 students

        3. Other news

          1. Since the last meeting, an additional 60 students were offered admission. This leaves 40 slots left for additional offers.

          2. This data taken as a whole seems to show that while total applications received decreased, the quality of those candidates has risen and that a lower percentage of those offered a position are turning it down.

          3. Online supplement application through PayPal is being established per Dean Kashima. Suggestions on content of questions should be forwarded to Bart at jrose9@uic.edu

          4. Retreat on May 29th

    4. College Committee on Student Awards and Scholarships (CCSAS)

      1. Submitted by Cherie Siu

        1. Campuswide CCSAS meeting was held in early March. Prior to the meeting, each member of the committee was given at random a list of 3-4 students by the Office of Admissions eligible for the scholarship awards. These students had been previously ranked, but had not originally been ranked at the top of the original rankings. We were asked to rank them again based on academic achievement, leadership, diversity, and ability to overcome adversity. The top one from each list and all minorities on the list were then offered scholarships at the meeting after some discussion. We still had approximately 10-15 scholarships at that time to be given out, but the Admissions Committee had not finished giving out admissions for the Class of 2012. As a result, discussion was held on how to best divide up the scholarships in order for some to remain to hand out to the next group of newly admitted students (the April-May group). We should be getting one last batch of students to rank and one last possible meeting, but as of this week, we have not heard anything yet. One final note is that we have been working on finalizing the Humanism in Medicine nomination with the OSR reps.

        2. Scholarships offered to 40 accepted students based on need and merit.

        3. Rebecca Baggett (rbagge2@uic.edu), CCSAS rep, should be emailed with questions.

  5. HPSC (Health Profession Student Council) Report

    1. Submitted by Luke Kinsinger

    2. Presented by Luke Kinsinger and Justin Brown

      1. Tuition will increase by $636 next year.

      2. Healthy returns: Increase operating funds by $10 million each year over five year commencing fiscal year of 2009. $10 million dollar for University of Illinois Medical Center expansion and renovation. Accommodate AAMC target (of 30% increased enrollment by 2015) by increasing enrollment by 20% (65 students), increase funds by $5.5 million dollars each year over four years, commencing no later than fiscal year 2013. This receives support by UIC Board of Trustees. Luke will scan and forward the official document to Adam and Dean Kashima.

      3. $200 dollar library fee will be added to the bill of all new students for library improvements- Will this fee be allocated regionally? Luke to f/u.

      4. On April 26th the Applied Health Sciences will have their annual fun run. It includes a live DJ, free food, dunk tank, sumo wrestling, running, walking, rolling for the impaired, and lots of prizes. Everything is free. For more information email Rob Malnik at rmalni2@uic.edu. Location is on the Chicago UIC campus.

      5. Last day for submissions of college spending to HPSC is May 1st. Last day for college spending directly to the business office is June 1st.

      6. Q4 due date is Friday 5/16/08 by 4pm. Here is the address for mailing or emailing:

        1. Health Professions Student Council
              828 S Wolcott (M/C 579) Room 230
              Chicago, IL 60612

        2. hpscgrants@gmail.com as a scanned attachment with your signature.
          Remember keep all original receipts! For more information go to: http://www2.uic.edu/stud_orgs/prof/hpsc/htdocs/funding.html

        3. Q at UMSC meeting: Is there a potential licensing issue for M1s who want to go abroad with student led organizations w/o preceptor supervision? What is the liability for students when using HPSC funds to practice medical procedures abroad? A: Need to follow-up. Currently, waivers are signed for away rotations. Could this apply to these M1 abroad experiences?

      7. New Board

        1. President: Michael Kralovec (medicine)

        2. Vice President: John Katsis (dentistry)

        3. Treasurer: Salma Habeeb (Pharmacy)

        4. Secretary: Audrey Von Bergen (nursing)

      8. Suggestions and questions raised at UMSC for HPSC reps

        1. Get involved in going to high schools and teaching teenagers about how to pursue health careers. For more information email Michael Kralovec (mkralo2@uic.edu)

        2. Emergency text will be implemented in Peoria as already is in Chicago. Working on a protocol for texting to avoid unclear messages- Dean Rowe.

        3. PharmFree not in current Pharmacy students’ interest, so this will be decided by individual colleges.

  6. Student Run Committees

    1. Foreign Exchange Committee (FEC)

      1. Submitted by Namrata Shah

      2. Information regarding international rotations from Class of 2008.

        1. Peoria does not have formal international rotations. Students who have participated in international rotations either find contacts or find organizations with international medical opportunities.

        2. Table of UICOMP Student Experiences
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