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The Health Sciences Multicultural Student Association (HSMSA) recently held a very successful blood drive on the Health Sciences campus.  Many #UUSOM medical students participated in between their classes and studies.  #Pleasegiveblood #AmericanRedCross
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A new podcast is available on iTunes!

How does a medical student choose a career in pediatrics? How do you become involved in medical education and what is a Learning Community?

“I loved all my rotations as a student, but it was my work with the pediatric population that brought out the best in me. Those patients made me want to be the best.” Dr. Glasgow and I discuss her path to becoming a pediatric hospitalist, why it is important to maintain emotional health balance as a pediatrician, and finally, her involvement in the Clinical Methods Curriculum (CMC) and Learning Communities here at ‪#‎UUSOM‬.

So head on over to iTunes, look for "Talking Admissions and Med Student Life". It will be Episode 50!
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Is social media part of the application process?  What does your online persona tell people?  Can it potentially hurt your application to med school?

Some tips and advice in this growing area can be found here at https://www.aamc.org/students/sdn/.  Brought to you by #AAMC on Student Doctor Network.
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On Monday, President Obama unveiled his FY 2016 budget request that indicates his funding priorities for the coming fiscal year. AAMC’s Government Relations team has created a “Fast Facts” guide that details the budget proposal’s impact on medical school financial aid.
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The Future Doctors program here at #UUSOM offers high school students an inside look at the medical profession.  Medical students recently volunteered their time to teach members of the Future Doctors various types of physical exams as well as offering tips and assistance in dissecting cow and sheep hearts.  It was a great educational experience for all!  
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As medical students, it’s important to understand the current healthcare system and what changes may mean for the future, both on a national and local level.

State Senator Jim Dabakis (Salt Lake City) recently met with students here at #UUSOM to discuss Utah’s political healthcare landscape, potential Medicaid expansion and how they can get involved as future physicians to have their voices heard.
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The Family Medicine Interest Group here at #UUSOM recently held their Annual Residency Fair.  Medical students were able to meet with different Family Medicine Residency programs throughout the United States as well as enjoy lunch from #CaféRio.  They learned about the different rotations, expectations, and overall philosophies of the programs.  #FamilyMedicineRocks
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What is one of the ways ‪#‎UUSOM‬ makes sure that we are delivering the best care as possible? Through surveys!

Really great article today from NY Times:

"Although half the nation’s hospitals use Press Ganey surveys, it is not clear what many do with the data. But at some places, like the ‪#‎UniversityofUtah‬, the survey and other efforts prompted significant change. One Utah doctor said he was stunned when his patients rated him in the first percentile nationally, about as low as a score can go. “I was thinking: That’s just crazy. Something wasn’t entered right,” said the doctor, James Ashworth. Then he decided to take the criticisms to heart.

The next quarter, he was rated in the upper 90s. The big difference was slowing down and listening to patients, answering their questions.

Utah began its program a few years ago by showing its 1,200 doctors, nurses and other workers their scores. Next, said Dr. Vivian S. Lee, the hospital system’s chief executive, they showed them how colleagues did. Then they posted individuals’ scores and patient comments online.

There was an immediate and noticeable change. When the university began, it was in about the 30th percentile nationally on the Press Ganey survey. Now, half its providers are in the 90th percentile and 26 percent are in the 99th percentile.

“It’s unbelievable,” Dr. Lee, the chief executive, said. “We were not like that before, I can tell you.”

“People wanted to improve,” she added."
Inattentive medical care is now seen as a real harm. To remedy the situation, many hospitals and doctors are surveying those in their care.
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Utah has a serious shortage of doctors. One prescription for change: expand the class size and the number of students who qualify for in-state tuition at the University of Utah School of Medicine. So far, the boost in enrollment is helping.
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A new podcast is available on iTunes!

“It was a decision between my heart and my brain, I made the decision with my heart.” Daniela, a first year medical student here at #UUSOM had a difficult decision to make when it came to choosing which medical school to ultimately attend. As a non-resident without scholarship money, she would face paying out of state tuition for all four years of her medical education here in Utah. Daniela’s medical experiences abroad had fueled her passion for working with underserved populations in a #ruralsetting and it was this passion that, after choosing to attend UUSOM, led her to applying for and receiving the National Health Service Corps (#NHSC) scholarship. Daniela and I discuss how to apply for and what the NHSC scholarship covers, how she chose to go into a rural medical setting, and finally, how a young boy in India (named Sumit) left an impression that will stay with her for the rest of her life.

So head on over to iTunes, look for "Talking Admissions and Med Student Life". It will be Episode 49!

-Dr.Chan
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Great article from the #NewYorker on how "Utah Became the Next Silicon Valley"! It doesn't specifically mention it, but our #BenchtoBedside program has also contributed to the innovative culture here in Utah. Biotechnology is a growing field, and #UUSOM is a large part of that! - Dr. Chan 

From the article: "In fact, the Wasatch Front region of Utah—the small section that contains Provo, Salt Lake City, and Ogden, and is home to eighty per cent of the state’s population—looks a lot like Silicon Valley in certain ways. Much as Intel and other semiconductor manufacturers helped create Silicon Valley, the software company Novell—one of the flagships for the Utah super-sector—was founded in Provo, in the nineteen-seventies, and helped attract, and spawn, other local tech businesses. Also, the Wasatch Front, like Silicon Valley, is densely populated and connected by a freeway and a mass-transit system. And, especially since the mid-aughts, venture capitalists have invested surprising amounts in Utah companies; in the first half of last year, the state was the sixth most popular destination for venture-capital funding."

http://www.newyorker.com/business/currency/utah-became-next-silicon-valley
The Novell corporate headquarters, in Provo, Utah. Credit Photograph by George Frey/Bloomberg via Getty
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How do I get started with my application?  Does the application process feel overwhelming at times?  Does even the thought of beginning the application process for medical school create anxiety?  If so, you are not alone.

Find out what resources are available to help you stay focused and on track.   (Brought to you by the Association of American Medical Colleges#AAMC). 

https://www.aamc.org/students/aspiring/420398/applicationanxiety.html
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