May 27, 2021

    Inside Insight
    Read the class summaries about the latest happenings at the Medical School:

    • MD’21: Doctor of Medicine degrees were received, in hand, during the Medical School’s Commencement ceremony  on May 1. Read more.
    • MD’22: Rising fourth-year students are beginning their clerkships which provide them with an immersive, firsthand experience as physicians-in-training at Brown's affiliated hospitals. During this period, students will work full-time in a particular field of medicine at a designated site during six- to 12-week rotation periods and are assigned on-call duty on scheduled nights and weekends.
    • MD’23: Soon-to-be third-year students are taking advantage of the time after their dedicated studying period to breathe before clerkships begin! The era of predominantly book- and classroom-based learning has come to an end and they will get a clearer picture about how to be a part of patient care through this hands-on experience. They are excited, a little scared and eager to get going!
    • MD’24: First-years are focused on their last block of the year –  dermatology. They recently rotated through different clinical suites, interacted with various dermatology residents and standardized patients and learned about conducting a full skin exam, using a dermatoscope and more. As part of the Latinx Medical Students Association, several MD’24 students recently produced and released a set of COVID-19 vaccine informational videos (in Spanish and English) that were created with the Student National Medical Association. The videos were distributed to various clinics and community groups like Progreso Latino to help spread awareness and trustworthy information about the vaccine to local communities.
    • PLME: Congratulations to our wonderful PLME Class of 2021 graduates! As our recent grads hopefully take some time to rest and relax before embarking on new adventures, many first-year students arrived back on campus to start their summer session. Some rising juniors and seniors also are spending the summer in Providence as recipients of the PLME’s Summer Research Assistantships or the College’s SPRINT (Summer/Semester Projects for Research, Internship, Teaching) Awards.

    April 26, 2021

    Inside Insight
    Read about what has been happening at the Medical School as each class gets ready to move up:

    • MD’21: Fourth-year students are excited as they are just a few days away from taking their Physician’s Oath on May 1. Having finished their medical education under very unique circumstances, graduating students are happy they can safely be together for Commencement on the Ruth J. Simmons Quadrangle. Though they will all be going their separate ways, they are looking forward to the start of their residencies and the rest of their medical careers.
    • MD’22: Third-year students cannot believe they are only a year away from carrying the MD title after their names, as they gear up for away rotations, board exams, and a residency application cycle that is quickly approaching. During this busy time, students volunteered at COVID vaccination clinics, tuned into a film screening about Black Maternal Health that was created by a classmate, and participated in social activism. All students are looking forward to what fourth year brings. 
    • MD’23: Since the end of March, second-year students have been, literally, all over the map, as they each went their own way to study for the USLME Step 1 exam. They are excited to return to Providence next month to start their full-time clerkships during which they will be immersed in particular fields of medicine. 
    • MD’24: During team-based learning, first-year students are working collaboratively to solve clinical cases while engaging in clinical problem-solving. They are finishing their first block of microbiology and infectious diseases which covers parasites, fungi, and viruses, and the effects of infection from each. In Doctoring II, students continue to practice motivational interviews, as well as upper and lower extremity exams. Their month culminated with presentations of their service-learning projects to members of the Providence community. 
    • PLME: The Whole Patient and Whole Physician Programs jointly presented a panel featuring Drs. Emily Allen, Bella Avanessian, Dicken Ko and Jessica Marrero to discuss gender affirming care. With spring semester finishing up, students have been studying for finals. The PLME Senate is holding their end-of-year event for seniors virtually, with the Brown Faculty Club’s iconic bread pudding available for pickup for those on campus.

    April 9, 2021

    Inside Insight

    Here is what students had to say as the academic year winds down and each class prepares for what comes next:

    • MD’21: Fourth-year students were anxious leading up to Match Day on March 19. Now that most have found out where they will be training over the next few years, they will finish up their final rotations and look forward to Commencement Weekend.
    • MD’22: Approaching the end of their third year with just two clerkships left, many students are narrowing down their specialty choices and planning for fourth-year sub-internships, electives, OSCEs, or USLME Step 2 exams. The third-year students were very happy to congratulate MD’21 on their Match Day results.
    • MD’23: The second-year class is in the midst of the dedicated study period to prepare for the USMLE Step 1 exam. Many are spending their days studying at the Medical School, the Brown libraries that have reopened with longer hours, or in their living space. Most students will take the exam after six or seven weeks of preparation. All are looking forward to starting third-year clinical rotations at the end of May. 
    • MD’24: First-year students have wrapped up the three brain sciences blocks and are now immersed in the musculoskeletal system. For this block, they are going to the anatomy lab twice a week and working in groups to present different clinical correlations to their peers. In the Doctoring course, they are learning about motivational interviewing as well as how to conduct upper and lower extremity physical exams. To help spread some cheer within their class, class reps organized a “Secret Sunshine” program. Each of the 50 or so participants have been anonymously assigned a classmate for whom they have left a gift, a baked good, or an inspiring message a few times over the course of the semester – adding some sunshine to their classmate’s day.
    • PLME: It’s hard to believe it is already past mid-semester! Advising deans and Meiklejohn peer advisors have been meeting with first-years to discuss courses for the summer term, as pre-registration is underway for them. This is also a busy time for upperclassmen, with sophomores working on their concentration declarations and PLME educational plans, and juniors and seniors coming up on summer and thesis deadlines. The Whole Patient Program welcomed Libertad Flores ’14 MD’18 , assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, and her patient, for a discussion about their patient-physician relationship as well as Dr. Flores’ path to medicine.

    February 26, 2021

    Inside Insight

    As Spring approaches, each class is at exciting stages of their year. Enjoy reading this month’s student summaries of what’s happening with each class.

    • MD’21: Fourth-year students are submitting their finalized rank lists (deadline is March 3) for residency programs and are eagerly awaiting Match Day! They also are completing internship prep courses and many are wrapping up final rotation requirements for graduation. Students are coming up with exciting ways to share in a virtual Match Day celebration with classmates and family.​
    • MD’22: Third-year students are incredibly busy with required clerkships in areas like internal medicine and surgery while they anxiously await the transition to fourth year. In addition to completing mandatory rotations, students participating in the Scholarly Concentrations program also are working on their scholarly projects. All students are looking forward to developing a program of elective rotations aimed at getting them closer to choosing a specialty.
    • MD’23:  Second-year students just concluded the preclinical curriculum, with the final Gastroenterology block. They have covered all body systems and finished the fourth semester of Doctoring including a final,  focused exam that integrated the concepts learned about the cardiovascular, neurological and musculoskeletal systems in previous semesters. Students are now in a two-week intensive clinical skills clerkship that serves as an introduction to the third year of medical school and transition to the clinical environment. After that, they are off until the end of May to study for the Step 1 board exam!
    • MD’24: First-year students are finishing up their second Brain Sciences block and getting ready to go back to their community mentor sites. The class also is working on their service learning projects in collaboration with Connect for Health to help address the social determinants of health for patients in the Providence community.
    • PLME: With classes underway, the first-year PLMEs have been juggling a full course load with extracurricular activities. The Whole Patient Program, typically for first-year students only, invited all PLME students to join Dr. Timothy Flanigan, an infectious diseases specialist, and his patient with HIV, for a discussion about their patient-physician relationship.

    January 27, 2021

    Inside Insight

    • MD’21: Fourth-year students are wrapping up residency interview season, and will soon move on to the process of formulating their rank lists for MATCH Day, which takes place on March 19. With all the interviews taking place virtually this year, it has been difficult to get a sense of "fit" for any particular program, but students have been resourceful, reaching out to people they know either personally, or through the vast Brown alumni network. Meanwhile, students are doing various electives, some virtual, some in the outpatient setting, and others in the hospital. They are eagerly awaiting MATCH Day – about 50 days away! 
    • MD’22: Third-year students have been staying busy with clinical clerkship rotations on the wards of Rhode Island Hospital, The Miriam Hospital, Kent Hospital and various other clinical sites. They feel privileged and humbled for the opportunity to have their clerkships in person. Being more than halfway through their core rotations, they are beginning to consider a specialty choice. It's an exciting time for MD’22! 
    • MD’23: Second-year students are approaching the end of hematology, the second-to-last block of the preclinical curriculum. Outside of the classroom, the past few weeks have been full of Zoom transition meetings to pass off leadership positions in extracurricular groups to the current first-year class. After recently receiving third-year 'grid' schedules and internal medicine site placements, anticipation and excitement for our upcoming clinical years has certainly increased! 
    • MD’24: First-year students recently transitioned into systems-based learning and began the infamous Brain Sciences block. In the anatomy course, they have delved into in-depth prosections of the head, neck, and spinal cord. In Doctoring, they began learning how to perform thorough head, eyes, ear, nose and throat, and cranial nerve physical exams. The class is similarly taking on more responsibilities as second-years pass the baton of extracurricular and interest group leadership positions to MD’24. While excitement of receiving the first-dose of the COVID-19 vaccine prevails, many have continued to get to know each other in safe ways – taking walks around Providence and outdoor ice skating at the rink Downtown are two of the most popular activities. 
    • PLME: After a planned delay in the academic calendar, many of the first-year PLMEs have arrived at Brown! Those on-campus and those studying remotely began their first full semester of classes last week. The PLME advising deans spent the fall months meeting virtually with all students, getting to know the first-years and continuing conversations with the upper classes. The PLME students have come up with creative ways to engage and create a sense of shared community. They have worked on PLMEConnect, an online application to bring together those with different concentrations, interests, and activities across all class years. Another collaboration was GroupMe, which connected PLMEs in the same remote classes, and also in the same residence halls. This month also saw the first issue of the student-run PLME Perspectives Journal, which highlights PLME-led initiatives.

    December 16, 2020

    Inside Insight

    News from the students at the end of the Fall 2020 semester:

    • MD’21: As they count the days until the all-important Match Day (less than 100 days away), MD’21 students are fully immersed in virtual residency interviews. Students are participating in mock interviews and extensive one-one-one advising. Additionally, they are completing graduation requirements, all the while staying active in the community and volunteering their time and efforts in the fight against coronavirus.
    • MD’22: Almost halfway done with their third year of medical school, MD’22s are making their way through the different clinical rotations. Although different from previous years, the schedule has allowed students more elective time to explore less familiar fields. With COVID-19 infection rates increasing, they are doing their best to ensure the health and safety of patients and themselves by staying up-to-date with the latest news regarding COVID-19 case rates, PPE, and possible vaccine protocols, and keeping the ever-changing situation in mind when making holiday plans. 
    • MD’23: This year, a service learning requirement was added to the Doctoring curriculum. In a time where students spend a lot of time away from the Medical School community, this new requirement brought us closer to the Rhode Island community. Each MD’23 student was tasked with participating in one activity that would benefit the local community. The guidelines were broad, so students could seek out opportunities that were of personal interest. At the end of this semester, students gathered in small groups to discuss the key takeaways and great satisfaction they experienced. Among many activities, students delivered groceries for food banks, scribed for the RI Free Clinic, taught sex ed at the juvenile detention center, joined social workers conducting outreach to the homeless, and more. They agreed that this requirement should stay as it has proven to be an invaluable experience – a reminder that as future physicians, serving the community goes beyond just providing medical care. It means being a part of it.
    • MD’24: First-years are finishing lectures on hypersensitivity reactions, the molecular basis of cancer, toxicology, pharmacology, and quality improvement. They have been inspired to see faculty and staff continue to support their medical education in this entirely virtual format with students scattered across multiple states. Outside of the classroom, many are volunteering their time by raising money for holiday gifts for families suffering financially from the pandemic. Others are serving their community by connecting with underrepresented, pre-college students via Zoom to offer academic and career advice in the Pathways Mentoring Program. Most importantly, the class is helping demystify false claims surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine on a variety of social media platforms, all in an effort to promote scientific facts and health equity.

    November 24, 2020

    Students provide a peek into what’s happening for each class at the Medical School.

    Inside Insight

    • MD’21: Fourth-year students are in the throes of the residency interview process and are scattered around in various individual elective rotations or self studies. The residency interviews have not stopped students from staying involved in advocacy work for underserved populations in the greater Providence area. While they are looking ahead, they know it is important to still stay engaged in efforts to improve our community.
    • MD’22: Third-years are on the wards as part of the clerkship curriculum. This academic year is proving to be like no other, but the class remains steadfast in their service to patients and the pursuit of academic and clinical excellence. They are eager to be one step closer to joining the medical workforce and combating the myriad health challenges faced by communities across all racial, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds.
    • MD’23: Second-years have been wrapping up the endocrinology block where they learn about the important effects of hormones on the body. They are also preparing for the next Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), where they will engage with standardized patients in discussing medical errors, screening for depression, and conducting a physical exam. Students also have been maintaining virtual/remote extracurricular opportunities, including the Association of Women Surgeons Fall Regional Conference which Brown hosted this year, the Student National Majority Association Run for Black Lives: Virtual 5k Race, and the annual Academic Symposium to showcase summer research projects.  
    • MD’24: First-year students spent recent weeks practicing their medical interviewing and physical exam skills, which was the primary topic of their second clinical exam that was taken just this week. They completed Block 4 which focused on the endocrine system, and have successfully completed their anatomy and histology courses for the semester. Students have started their fifth block, which focuses on genetics and general pathology.

    October 27, 2020

    Students provide a peek into what’s happening for each class at the Medical School.

    • MD’21 -- It’s an exciting and anxiety-inducing time for MD'21 as residency program applications were submitted last week. Per AAMC guidelines, students will be interviewed exclusively over Zoom. As they navigate the interviews, students will take low-intensity electives leading up to the ultimately rewarding Match Day on March 19, 2021. To help ease interview anxiety, the Brown Medical Alumni Association hosted a virtual alumni residency panel on Oct. 7, during which alumni shared their recommendations on how to handle the upcoming residency interviews, what program directors are looking for and that interviewers are just as nervous as students interviewing in this format for the first time. A recording of the event was shared with MD’21.

    • MD’22 -- During the last few months, members of MD’22 have been holding the hands of new parents in the labor and delivery unit, talking through preventative tests at local clinics, and putting a smile on patients’ faces before they go in for surgery. Students come together in small groups once a month to reflect on shared experiences in the clinical world. They also continue to be focused on community – by being plugged in to the national conversation, volunteering for get-out-the-vote efforts and talking to patients about filling out their census, to name a few. 

    • MD’23 -- This class has been adapting to the realities of a mixed virtual and in-person curriculum which allows each student to pick the modality that best works for them. Students are learning the clinical skills needed to take care of future patients via the Doctoring course and doing their best to maintain their interests outside of the coursework through interest groups and pre-clinical elective offerings.

    • MD’24 -- First-year students recently completed the infamous Block 3, which includes the biochemistry component of first year, and are now immersed in Block 4, where they are learning about the endocrine system while completing Histology and Anatomy I courses. They began a new course, Pathology, which will run into the second semester. These students also recently completed their first OSCE, a clinical exam which included the medical interview and vital signs. Outside of class, as the transient colors of autumn illuminate New England, MD’24 has adopted a new favorite hobby – “leaf peeping”, or the act of sight-seeing multi-colored trees. 

    September 25, 2020

    Below are class notes from current medical students as of September 25, 2020. 

    MD’21: Fourth-year students are currently finishing up sub-internships and elective rotations in their specialties of interest. They will be submitting their residency applications in the next month and preparing for this year's virtual application cycle. A panel of Brown alumni is being convened so students can ask residency experts about how to approach this unique application process.

    MD’22: Third-year students are now in the clinical portion of their medical education. Many can now be seen in various hospitals and outpatient offices around Rhode Island. They are rotating with their teams that include surgery, inpatient medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, neurology, psychiatry, family medicine, or a self-chosen elective. Students continue to push forward with resilience and a strong desire to provide direct patient care alongside improving patient experience, while making sure they take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their patients from the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19.

    MD’23: Second-year students are finishing the second block (pulmonology) of their second year. The first block (cardiology) ended last month and they will begin their next block (renal) in October. They have a few in-person classes but most are streamed online. Even with school picking up the pace, a lot of people are still making time to be civically engaged!

    MD’24: The highlight of this past month for first-year students has been the anatomy labs, where they have had the opportunity to examine organs and other structures in a real cadaver. As a class, they are incredibly thankful to donors and their families, and are excited to apply their new anatomy knowledge in a clinical setting. Although intimidating at first, students also practiced interviewing and taking the vital signs of a standardized patient. They enjoyed the experience and are excited to start using these skills at Doctoring sites starting next week! And if all that wasn’t enough excitement, they were fitted for their white coats!