“Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.”-Peter Marshall
“Fortune favors the bold.”-Latin proverb
This week, I have a quote to help remind us all of the importance of taking care of ourselves:
“Poor health is not caused by something you don’t have; it’s caused by disturbing something that you already have. Health is not something you need to get, it’s something you have already if you don’t disturb it. So maintain it.” – Dean Ornish
Hello UW SMPH Students and Faculty,
Welcome back and I hope that everyone is off to a great week so far! Below I have a few of announcements/updates on behalf of the Medical Student Association:
1) Quick feedback for your Professors/Courses?
At the last MSA Ideas Hour session we had, one of the medical students inquired about being able to give quicker course feedback that the professors can use to improve the way something is being taught if it will benefit the students. I thought this was a great idea to have a more formal setting for quicker feedback than just the end of the semester surveys on Oasis. The way we will be solving this is by utilizing the roles of the course representatives within our curriculum committee in MSA. We will be sending out an email in the future listing all the M1 and M2 students that are representing the current courses in the curriculum committee along with their email addresses, and these students will be the ones to contact if you have some quick feedback regarding one of your courses that the reps can forward to the course directors and professors. Thank you all for coming to the MSA Ideas Hour to share some of your ideas with us, we really appreciate it!
2) Scholarships for Medical Students – Contact Alex Girgis!
Alex Girgis has been working alongside the WMAA to help generate more scholarships for medical students. We have come up with a few ideas for fundraising events and activities to generate even more support for students and would love to hear what some of your ideas may be! If you are interested in working with Alex and the WMAA on this, feel free to contact him at [email protected]
One of the potential fundraising events Alex and I have been discussing includes a basketball game of UW SMPH Faculty/Alumni vs. UW Medical students and if the faculty/alumni lose, they each donate a certain amount to a WMAA scholarship fund for our medical students and if we lose, we will have to create a photoshopped picture of the faculty/alumni dunking on us that will be hanging outside of Dean McBride’s office for the rest of the year or until the embarrassment fades away. More details coming!
4) Concert Against Cancer at UW-Madison this Wednesday featuring the UW a cappella group Redefined !
This Wednesday (Feb. 5th) at 7PM at Great Hall of Memorial Union will be the 3rd annual Concert Against Cancer hosted at UW-Madison. Many of you attended this last year as medical students/faculty because each year, the event hosts a guest speaker to talk about their battle with cancer. My father spoke at the event the past couple of years to share his experience, the ups and downs, what patients feel and think, how family members are affected, and basically what a medical crises is like from the perspective of the patient. Medical students especially gain great benefit from this, as we will all be dealing with patients faced with great adversity. It will be helpful to us knowing what some of their obstacles and feelings may be. This year, I will be speaking on behalf of my father to share his 7 year journey of battling cancer along with the perspective of family members and loved ones of those battling/having battled cancer. The speech will be followed by entertainment from the UW a cappella group “Redefined” and dance group “Hypnotiq.” You can make a donation of $5 during the event that will go towards cancer research funding here at the UW. Hope to see you there!
5) Feedback for me?
As always, if you have any feedback from me regarding the Medical Student Association, different events we host, MSA e-mail content or format, how we’re doing as an organization, our website, and anything and everything, feel free to e-mail me at [email protected] Your input is greatly appreciated and an important tool for us to improve, whether as an organization or as individuals.
That is all that I have for you and hope you have a productive rest of the week!
President, Medical Student Association