Sabrina Smith Receives 2013 Outstanding Graduate/Professional Award

Smith_SabrinaSabrina Smith received the 2013 Outstanding Graduate/Professional Student Award on April 12th at the Ohio Union Performance Hall. A second year medical student, Sabrina is being recognized by the Ohio Union and Office of Student Life for her commitment to leadership and positive impact on The Ohio State community.

Originally from the Detroit area, Sabrina received her bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University, where she majored in Chemistry and minored in French. Her decision to attend The Ohio State University College of Medicine was thoughtful and strategic.

“I chose Ohio State for a variety of reasons, from the location closer to my hometown to the Columbus Free Clinic – it was important to me that I find a school that offered strong community service opportunities and a chance for early patient interaction. But I think what sealed the deal was the way I felt when I interviewed and attended Second Look Weekend. I really felt like OSU gave me the best balance of academics, experience and lifestyle. I felt at home here, and I still do!”
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matchdayTOMORROW (3/15), 210 senior medical students from The Ohio State University College of Medicine will anxiously await their fate. Promptly at noon, during the annual Match Day, the students will end their long-awaited anticipation when they tear open their envelopes to learn where they will spend the next phase of their medical careers.

This year’s event will take place in the Mershon Auditorium, located at 1871 N. High St. Students, families, friends and instructors will gather at 11:30 a.m. for a brief ceremony.

Reporters and videographers are invited to cover the event, which will occur precisely at noon, as the students here and at medical schools across the U.S. will simultaneously open up their envelopes revealing the location of their residency training.

National Residency Match Day is the traditional day senior medical students across the country learn where they will go to receive specialty training in their chosen field. Throughout their senior year, medical students have interviewed for positions in residency programs at hospitals of their choosing. The students and hospitals rank each other in order of preference with a computer choosing the final “matches.”

This year, more than 52,000 applicants are vying for more than 26,000 residency positions. The number of graduating medical students continues to increase, yet the number of residency spots remains the same, and is at the risk of declining due to federal Graduate Medical Education (GME) funding in research.

Dr. Thomas Mauger Leads Group Taking Patient-Centered Care Overseas

Thomas F. Mauger, MD currently serves as the Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at the The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. He has been on staff at the College since 1988 and has a pure OSU pedigree – Mauger received his MS and MD at OSU and completed his residency here as well. Thus, it is no surprise that his most recent endeavor typifies the “but for Ohio State” spirit that is so much a part of the OSU fabric .

Dr. Mauger is committed to a patient-centered approach to providing health care and he extends that approach to underserved populations. Locally, he volunteers at the Columbus free clinic. In December, however, he and a group of his OSU colleagues pushed the borders of their altruism and expertise beyond Columbus, taking a trip to Ethiopia.
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The RehabLab: Giving Hope to People with Stroke

When asked how he found his way to OSU as the newest faculty member at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Services, Stephen Page, PhD, MS, MOT, quotes John Lennon, saying, “Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” In Page’s case, those plans included becoming a college swim coach after graduating from the College of Wooster with a communications degree.

It seemed natural that he would then pursue a masters degree at Bal l State University to study exercise science and apply it to athletes.  During this time, though, Page began performing research with Paralympians.  It was this experience that fundamentally reshaped his path, as the feats pf these elite athletes inspired him.  In particular, he began to become interested in how he, as a researcher, could reduce the impact of their impairments.
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First Year Med Student Kelly Regan Receives Top Award at AMA Research Symposium

The following release is courtesy of the American Medical Association

CHICAGO – Kelly Regan, a first year medical student at the Ohio State University College of Medicine, was the overall winner in the clinical outcomes and health care improvement category for her research titled, “Expression-anchored Gene Ontology Signature Predicts Clinical Outcome in Lung Adenocarcinoma Patients” during a research symposium at the American Medical Association’s Interim Meeting.

“The work of Kelly and the other young physicians and medical students shows us that the future of medicine looks very bright,” said AMA President Jeremy A. Lazarus, M.D. “The research presented at this AMA symposium provides valuable information for current and future physicians. These advances will help them provide the best possible care for patients.”
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Students Create medFIT to Promote Healthy Living

Students at The Ohio State University College of Medicine have created medFIT, a collaboration with the College of Medicine Wellness Team that provides fitness training, nutrition advice and health education specifically for medical students.

Students Rajiv Mallipudi and Juliette Yedimenko have experienced some of the major challenges that medical students face in school: maintaining proper health and wellness while dealing with stress, sleep deprivation, poor diet and lack of exercise that comes along with endless nights of studying, exams and hospital rounding. Their hope is that the organization will provide inspiration for medical students to take up new healthy lifestyle changes.

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College Welcomes Elite Class of Biomedical Science Students

The OSU College of Medicine welcomes its most competitive class of Biomedical Science (BMS) students to date. An undergraduate major in the College, Ohio State’s BMS program includes coursework in the areas of laboratory techniques, social issues in medicine, healthcare policy, leadership, and advanced multidisciplinary studies such as cancer and immunology/ infectious disease.

In addition, there is a focus on involving students with the leading edge of biomedical research. Begun in 2005 and having graduated its first class in 2009, the BMS major ultimately seeks to put students in a position to enter a graduate program in medical research, medicine, dentistry, or any other area of healthcare.   

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Class of 2016 Begin Journey, Don Their White Coats

On August 6th in Mershon Auditorium, 188 incoming students to the Ohio State College of Medicine experienced the moment a dream literally becomes reality.  With Associate Dean for Admissions, Dr. Quinn Capers, MD, reading their names from the lectern, each student walked onto the stage to receive their physician’s white laboratory coats and symbolically commence their entry into medicine.  Known as the White Coat Ceremony, this event seamlessly blends the unabashed pride that comes with being admitted into the College along with the serious truth of a future devoted to medicine in one memorable afternoon.

The pride these 188 new students feel is well-earned, as they are part of the College’s most highly qualified incoming class to date.  With among the highest MCAT composite scores and highest mean  grade point average ever admitted as a single class, these students have inched the academic bar upwards from its already lofty height.  And yet it is their collective well-roundedness and interests beyond the academic that truly define the extraordinary potential of this group.

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Faculty Questions with Jonathan Schaffir, MD

The College of Medicine asked members of our faculty to participate in a brief survey designed to give students, faculty, staff and the public a more in-depth look at the individuals that make up our outstanding team!

Our first participant is Jonathan Schaffir, MD. Dr Schaffir is a general obstetrician and gynecologist and an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

1. Why did you decide to not only practice medicine but to teach as well?
I have always enjoyed teaching, and have engaged in some form of tutoring or mentoring through college, medical school and residency.  Although I’d like to say that I do it because it keeps me attuned to the latest advances and information available and maintains my interest in the subject at hand, secretly I like it because it makes me feel more knowledgeable.
2. What is one of your fondest memories from medical school?
As a fourth year student, I took an elective in urogynecology with an expert in the field.  Women would come from 100 miles away to seek his expertise.  Although it was him whose advice they sought, he would designate me to be the one to sit with his clients after their exam and explain the findings and treatment options.  Of course this was after I had spent enough time with him to learn the subject, and he sat by and interjected occasionally as needed.  I have always tried to remember this experience as I teach students to demonstrate how that feeling of trust can be a powerful educational tool.
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How I’ve Changed My Use of Social Media: A Medical Student’s Perspective

By: Angela Jiang

I have been an avid user of social media since I was in high school, when I joined other like-minded teenagers in expressing myself in arguably the nerdiest ways possible: coding my own website (Remember GeoCities?) and writing an online journal. I still update my virtual journal, although, my posting frequency and content have changed to being less frequent, as well as less personal. The reason my posts have changed is twofold.  First, as a X-year medical student, I’m suddenly more cautious of what personal information I’m contributing to the Internet.  Second, I’m more aware that what I write can easily be searched, therefore I want to minimize any negativity that surrounds my online presence.

In addressing these, my first strategy was to keep my personal and professional lives online separate. For instance, while using Facebook I attributed different privacy settings to those who were my friends and those who were my professional acquaintances.  In terms of a public personal blog, it is a little harder, and I started trying to keep in mind whether or not I wanted to be associated with the message my post conveyed, and whether I want my professional identity associated with both the searchable keywords and context of my message if people Googled me.  My online blog proved harder to segment, so I focused on minimizing my negative comments. This was bolstered by the fact that as medical students, we all attended a class about the appropriate use of social networking websites (mainly Facebook), and what is considered illegal, unprofessional and unsophisticated. That was a useful session for me at least, since it dealt with shades of grey, but I think my first attempt to keep my professional and personal lives separate online was rather delusional.
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