May 26, 2022
Read about what each class accomplished in the last month.
- MD'22: The class is preparing for their ceremonial walk through the Van Wickle Gates! After spending half their time at the Medical School under varying COVID protocols, they have persevered and 147 students will be receiving their Doctor of Medicine degrees under more “normal” circumstances. On Sunday, they will participate in the usual procession and make their way to the First Unitarian Church of Providence, where they will take their Physician’s Oath in front of family and friends who have supported them along this challenging, but rewarding, journey. On to residency next!
- MD'23: Students have concluded all of their core clinical rotations and the third-year curriculum and now are beginning their long-awaited fourth-year rotations. This is the start of sub-internship rotations, when the now fourth-year students function almost as an intern resident role. Here, they take on more responsibilities on the clinical team. Many also are studying for and taking the Step 2 exam, which is the board exam that most students take after clinical rotations. They will start the residency application process this summer and continue into fall. It's a very exciting time for MD’23 as they finally put together their applications and prepare for their interviews.
- MD'24: The class of newly-minted third years is about a month into their clinical rotations. For the first time in medical school, they are doing full time clinical work, a definite change from the lecture-based style of the first two years of learning. Some students are seeing cases and suturing in the OR on surgery rotations; they are learning how to chart and round on patients in internal medicine, seeing a variety of presentations on pediatrics, and so much more. It has been both challenging and exciting for students to finally be involved with direct patient care and apply the scientific and medical principles learned in the classroom to the real world. Most of all, it has been a great experience for them to be a part of the care team and truly helping patients, in all the big and little ways they can as medical students. The class is also immensely grateful to have had their in-person White Coat Ceremony, filled with wonderful remarks from President Paxson, Dean Jain and recent graduates, followed by a wonderful celebration the weekend before rotations started. Wearing their white coats and being surrounded by loved ones cheering them on right before entering the wards made the ceremony all the more special.
- MD'25: First-year students just finished their second block of infectious diseases/microbiology. They are now studying dermatology, the last block of curriculum before the summer break. They also recently wrapped up the Doctoring II curriculum, completing the upper/lower extremities OSCE and receiving final evaluations. Students have decided, or are in the process of deciding, the avenues they would like to pursue in second-year Doctoring community mentor sites. Looking ahead to the summer, many students are staying in Providence for research opportunities, while others are traveling home or to other institutions/internships around the country and the world! They are looking forward to a great summer!
- PLME: The PLME extends its congratulations to the graduating PLME Class of 2022! Some of the rising juniors and seniors remain in Providence this summer as recipients of the PLME's Summer Research Assistantships, Summer Research Assistantships in Emergency Medicine, other students will be traveling to Rostock and Tuebingen, Germany, as part of the PLME Summer International Exchange Program.
April 30, 2022
Learn more about this busy time at The Warren Alpert Medical School through what students have shared recently.
- MD’22: Now that Match Day has passed, fourth-year students have been wrapping up graduation requirements, finishing electives and many have also taken some much-needed time off prior to graduation and the start of their residences. Many are planning their moves to new cities for residency, finalizing their next housing situations, and quickly finding new friends in their respective programs. Students are also spending their last weeks at Brown making long-lasting memories with faculty, staff, and each other through a myriad of activities before embarking on this exciting new phase of their medical journey. They excitedly await Commencement on May 29, when they will take their Physician's Oath and begin the next step of their medical careers.
- MD’23: Students have completed the long and rigorous clerkship year experience. Spending the past year embedded in and observing many of the disciplines in the medical field has helped students identify their passions and future careers. After a two-week vacation, many students are about to enter their final year of medical school during which they complete a sub-internship at Brown where they are given similar responsibilities as a first-year resident. Depending on the specialty, some students are also required to complete away rotations at other institutions. However, there is a large part of MD’23 who will take time away from Brown before beginning fourth year. Traditionally, approximately 30 percent of each rising fourth-year class takes time away for various reasons -- including to complete research projects in their desired specialty to become more competitive candidates, while others are pursuing additional degrees such as an MPH or MBA.
- MD’24: The majority of second-year students have finished taking USMLE STEP 1 and have returned back to Providence to begin the transition into the clinical environment via the clinical skills clerkship (CSC) course. Students are so thankful for the curriculum being structured in this way to transition into clinical training. Hearing advice and expertise from fourth-years who have recently gone through this process makes all the anxiety and uneasiness about what’s to come, that much more digestible for all of us. The fourth years have been really great about preparing us with procedural skill practice like suturing, intubating, IV placement, and lumbar puncture, as well as walking us through the EPIC charting software, how to structure H&P notes, progress notes, and how to participate in a morning report. For most, it has been very surreal to finally be where we are in our training. Our preclinical years have flown by and we are all eager to put our knowledge to the test on the wards and really interact and engage with patients in a meaningful and impactful way. Studying for STEP 1 was definitely a unique experience for our class in that we were the first to experience a “pass/fail” version of this exam. While there have been pros and cons to this decision, most in the class would express extreme gratitude over this decision after having gone through our dedicated studying period and seeing how we could “relax” a bit more than before knowing that our careers in medicine and our residency positions wouldn’t be as defined by our scores as they have traditionally been. Following STEP 1, many members of MD’24 took the opportunity to travel to see family, friends, and the world. Some of us got married, got engaged, went to South America, Europe, to the Caribbean, our National Parks, and more! The energy is back and we are rested and restored to tackle all the new and exciting challenges that third year will bring.
- MD’25: The first years are about to finish their first infectious disease block and only have a month left after that! They are wrapping up the Doctoring curriculum in the next few weeks in preparation for our summer recess. Many are staying in Providence this summer for research opportunities, while others travel for internships and visiting home! We enjoyed participating in the 50 Years of Medicine at Brown celebration this week and were excited for our third-year counterparts to get their official white coat ceremony!
- PLME: The Whole Patient Committee recently presented their final event of the year for PLME freshmen, featuring Dr. Joseph Pianka discussing his practice of gastroenterology and management of chronic illness. Also, the Whole Physician Committee hosted a virtual event with Drs. Zobeida Diaz, Christopher Dodson, Nisha Mehta, Annie Wu and Connie Wu pertaining to physicians and their "side gigs" apart from practicing medicine. As the end of the semester approaches, students are preparing for finals and the PLME Senate is holding officer elections to prepare for the 2022-2023 academic year.
March 30, 2022
Here are a few more specifics about the events of the last month for each class.
- MD’22: Fourth-year students experienced the much-anticipated Match Day on March 18 when they received red envelopes holding their residency matches. Learn about Match Day’s history, see where MD’22 matched and experience the celebration by watching the recording in this Brown Alumni & Friends story.
- MD’23: Third-year students are wrapping up their last core clerkships and will soon take shelf exams in all the disciplines (depending on which clerkship the student is in) – surgery, internal medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN, family medicine, neurology and psychiatry. Then they get a well-deserved vacation prior to becoming official fourth-year students in May, a transition they are looking forward to experiencing. Many are expecting to see some change ahead as they prepare to see a bit of a shuffle amongst their peers. Some students may be stepping away to take a gap year and others will be returning to Providence from a gap year experience to pick up where they left off.
- MD’24: Second-year students have had no classes this month, as their dedicated study period continued. When they return in mid-April after taking Step 1, they will begin their clinical skills clerkship. On April 30, they will celebrate together and with family and friends, during a special spring in-person Ceremony of Commitment to Medicine, when Dean Jain will officially coat these students whose original white coat ceremony during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic was entirely virtual.
- MD’25: Just before spring break, MD’25 finished up with their third and final exam of the Brain Sciences block. Students spent the last few weeks leading up to break learning all about psychiatry, with topics ranging from mood disorders to encephalopathies. By the time spring break came, they were ready for it. Some traveled home, some took the week to shadow physicians, others worked, or simply relaxed. Now they are in the first Supporting Structures block, receiving instruction on orthopedics while simultaneously learning about the anatomy of the arms and legs. Many people are excited about the musculoskeletal exam that will be taught soon in Doctoring II and, more than ever before, students are feeling like physicians and will be able to practice these skills at their community sites!
- PLME: Just before this week’s undergraduate spring break, PLME students were hard at work as they reached the height of the spring semester. PLME sophomores have been working with their advising deans to develop their educational plans, and outline how they will incorporate their PLME competencies into their undergraduate course load during their junior and senior years. The PLME is happy to announce the application processes are complete and the program has chosen students to receive the 2022 Summer Research Assistantship (SRA) and SRA in Emergency Medicine (SRA-EM), as well as students to participate in the summer travel program to Germany for the first time since 2019.
February 22, 2022
Students from each class provided the following summaries about how they spent the last few weeks of the semester.
- MD’22: The culmination of four years of hard work is quickly approaching as Match Day is right around the corner. Fourth-year students are enjoying some much needed rest, tying up loose ends on various projects, and traveling the world. They are also gearing up to complete the "Internship Prep Course" which has taught them valuable skills that they can take to residency and beyond.
- MD’23: This time frame in the third year of medical school is characterized by choices. Up until this point, MD’23 has had little say over their educational goals. With required core clerkships coming to an end, now is the time for them to firmly shape their own paths – what specialties will they apply to, what electives and last-minute skills should they master before becoming physicians, and what are their priorities for residency? In almost a year, all of these choices will impact what residencies they are placed in. Students feel tremendous gratitude for all of the learning thus far, and feel so excited for all of the learning to come!
- MD’24: Second-year students finished up exams at the end of last week, right before they left campus and the classroom behind, for the dedicated study period. They will spend approximately the next two months studying for their Step 1 United States Medical Licensing Examination. Step 1 is a one-day exam divided into seven, 60-minute blocks and administered in one 8-hour testing session. It assesses whether students understand and can apply important concepts of the sciences basic to the practice of medicine. They are excited for the upcoming spring white coat ceremony that will be held when they return at the end of April.
- MD’25: First-year students recently completed the second of three blocks in the Brain Sciences course. The first block was centered on neuroanatomy and sensory systems and students spent time in the anatomy lab learning about the head and neck. The second block focused on clinical medicine and motor systems. Students are just beginning the psychiatry portion of the course. Lecture material has been supplemented by wonderful patient panels and neurology small-group sessions with faculty members. As part of the small-group curriculum, students worked in teams to solve interesting "mystery cases.” In Doctoring II, students learned how to conduct the HEENT (head, eyes, ears, nose, throat) and the cranial nerve examinations, and they successfully completed their first OSCE of the semester. Many students are working on the required applications for Scholarly Concentrations and Summer Assistance.
- PLME: The PLME students have returned to campus and are in the heart of the spring semester. All students were invited to attend the Whole Patient Program. During this event, Dr. Don Dizon, professor of medicine, director of medical oncology at Rhode Island Hospital, and director of women’s cancers at Lifespan Cancer Institute, and his patient, discussed their patient-physician relationship. PLME seniors also had the opportunity to network with medical students virtually as they head into their last semester of college.
December 22, 2021
Students from each class provided the following summaries about how they spent the last few weeks of the semester.
- MD'22: Residency season continues, with December being one of the most interview-heavy times of the semester for many fourth-year students. Because of the pressure from this particular time, the soon-to-be graduates are excited for the holiday break, which gives them some much-needed down time and the opportunity to travel.
- MD'23: Students in MD’23 are only four months away from finishing third year and are surprised at how quickly it’s going! In fact, they recently just had their first fourth-year preparation meeting and are extremely excited for what the future holds. For example, students have loved their experiences in the psychiatry rotation and look forward to learning more about mental health and wellness. Though they love Providence, many students look forward to spending a week at home with loved ones during the holiday season.
- MD'24: Second-year students wrapped up the semester with the reproductive health block that included new lectures on caring for transgender patients. They also took their first National Board of Medical Examiners-style exam to help prepare them for STEP. Students finished their pre-clinical electives (optional elective classes that students can choose to take), that can range from being community engagement-focused (e.g., the sexual assault and domestic violence elective, which is a semester-long training to work at DayOne's 24-hour helpline as advocates) to electives like the food and health elective (a collaboration with Johnson & Wales University that involves lectures in nutrition, accompanied by "cookshops" at their facilities) to specialty-focused electives. All expose students to various specialties and gives them the chance to meet mentors. They also just finished the last set of Objective Structured Clinical Examinations.
- MD'25: First-year students are excited to have successfully completed their first semester of medical school, having just finished their final block – cancer and an introduction to pharmacology – and their first semester of Doctoring. They look forward to continuing to develop their skills in the spring. Though many students are planning ahead and starting to look into summer research experiences and Scholarly Concentration projects, they are excited about the holiday break (before brain science begins in January) during which many will travel home to see family and friends.
- PLME: After a remarkable 50 years at Brown, Dean Julianne Ip is retiring as associate dean of medicine for the PLME and Visiting International Medical Student Program. Dean Ip dedicated her career to the success of the PLME and its students, having touched the lives of thousands of students. She focused on the "L" in PLME, believing that a well-rounded, liberal education is the best means of training compassionate, humanistic physicians. Congratulations, Dean Ip, on your well-deserved retirement! The staff and students will miss you! Dean Judy Jang will be serving in the interim role, effective January 1. A graduate of the PLME and The Warren Alpert Medical School, she serves as a Dr. Mary B. Arnold Mentor for medical students as well as a PLME advising dean, and is a practicing nephrologist in Fall River, MA.
November 29, 2021
In these monthly updates, students emphasize how busy they’ve been! See what students in each class have been up to, as shared by their peers.
- MD'22: Residency interviews for most specialties (with the exception of a few) have been released. Students in MD’22 scheduled and attended interviews as opportunities were offered, while invitations to other interviews continued to trickle in. Several students took advantage of a virtual panel of alumni who answered questions from MD'22 related to residency interviews and programs. Insight from these current and former residency program directors was very valuable. Many students are now looking at their academic calendar to verify they will have completed the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education's medical school curriculum requirements for graduation. Students’ schedules begin to become more individualized with the scheduling of interviews and spacing of clinical rotations; this has allowed for a more relaxed period of clinical education, where students can catch up with their peers. Fourth-year students enjoyed seeing families and friends for Thanksgiving.
- MD'23: Students in MD’23 have had great experiences both in core and electives classes, as they just about reached the halfway point in their third-year clerkships. As they appreciated the splendid late fall weather of Providence, many anticipated the start of the holiday season and looked forward to the opportunity to spend time with loved ones. Hospital skills will not go awry, however, as students remained eager and excited to practice more after the extensive experience they received so far. Students had fantastic opportunities in pediatrics, as well as exposure in treating common illnesses during the changing seasons.
- MD'24: More than 100 second-year students recently had the opportunity to present their summer research projects at the 14th Annual Warren Alpert Medical School Academic Symposium. General categories included clinical research, basic science, health policy, medical education, and medical humanities, among many others. In classes, students finished the endocrinology block, where they learned about the varied effects of hormones on the body. With many already preparing to study for Step 1, Thanksgiving brought a much welcomed break and time for relaxation.
- MD'25: First-year students finished up their genetics and hematology block, just before many headed home for Thanksgiving break. They had their second objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) for their Doctoring course that tested their medical interviewing and physical examination skills. They also had their last small group discussion session for their Health Systems Science course of the semester, where they discussed physician advocacy and worked collaboratively on legislative testimonies. The students cannot believe how quickly the semester has flown by and that they are about to head into the last block of the semester.
- PLME: Pre-registration for spring classes started in recent weeks, with the advising deans and Meiklejohn peer advisors meeting with students to discuss courses for spring semester. The sophomores learned more about charting their individualized educational plans, posed for their PLME group photograph, and were treated to the famous bread pudding at the Faculty Club. Students also were encouraged to explore summer opportunities available only to PLME students, including the Summer Research Assistantships and two-week summer mini-courses in Germany at the University of Rostock and Karls Eberhard University of Tuebingen.
October 28, 2021
Here is what is happening in each class year, as your students reach the approximate midpoint of the fall semester.
MD’22: Residency interview opportunities have started to trickle in for many fourth-year students. The Office of Student Affairs has provided interview workshops to demystify the logistics of virtual interviews, review commonly asked questions, and also is offering mock interviews for practice. While some students may choose to interview at home, the Medical School is providing rooms that students can reserve for their interviews.
MD’23: Third-year students just returned from a well-deserved vacation, after having finished up their fifth clinical rotation of the year. One student shared that they had a truly fantastic experience during their OB/GYN rotation at Women & Infants Hospital, where they worked with and learned from amazing residents and staff. On their last day of their rotation, they were able to deliver a baby. During last week's time off, many students headed north to do some hiking and see the beautiful fall foliage, while others took the week off as an opportunity to travel home and see loved ones. Now back in Providence, the class will be embarking on the next clinical rotation which will take them past the halfway point of their third year. Students cannot believe how quickly this year is flying by and are excited for all the experiences the rest of this year will hold.
MD’24: The second-year class completed their first two Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCEs) of the year after working hard to master the cardiopulmonary and abdominal physical exams. OSCEs allow students to practice and demonstrate clinical skills in a standardized medical scenario. They are currently in the renal block as well as delving into their roles as leaders for preclinical electives and student interest groups. They also are getting ready for Step 1 of the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam by starting with the first few steps to registration.
MD’25: First-year students are excited to be officially more than halfway through their first semester of medical school. They are about to take their fourth exam -- the introductory endocrinology and general pathology block. They are finishing up histology, which means transitioning into pathology next, which the class is very enthusiastic about. We are slowly transitioning from general biology into clinical sections of cell biology, like genetics and cancer biology. We are all super excited for next month's Thanksgiving break since it will be the first time going home since July for some of us. We are working on a project in our doctoring course that allows us to reach out to seniors in our community and interview them so we can write their life stories for the “My Life, My Story” campaign, run by a Warren Alpert Medical School upperclassmen. Overall, students are all in good spirits, just trying to make it to the next break!
- PLME: Earlier this month, the Program in Liberal Medical Ecucation held its annual Summer Research Assistantship (SRA) Poster Session and Medical Comics Display. This was an opportunity to showcase the research work of our SRA recipients and students enrolled in PLME 0400, Medical Illustration. Additionally, the freshmen enjoyed their second Whole Patient Program featuring Dr. Deus Cielo, associate professor of neurosurgery, vice-chair for diversity, inclusion and equity, and director of the Peripheral Nerve Surgery Division, and his patient, who discussed their patient-physician relationship.
September 30, 2021
MD’22: Fourth-year students just completed submitting residency applications while also completing elective requirements in a variety of medical disciplines. Like last year, most residency interviews will be held virtually and students are working closely with the offices of Student Affairs and Medical Education to prepare for interview season, which starts next month.
MD’23: Third-year students are in the midst of their respective clerkship schedules. Many finished the Step 1 exam in May and returned to Providence to work their way through the six core clerkships and three elective rotations. Each core clerkship is four weeks long (except internal medicine, which is eight weeks) concluding with an NBME shelf exam. Elective rotations are two or four weeks long and have allowed students to explore a bevy of specialties.
MD’24: The start of the semester brought a lot of “firsts” for the second-year class, including the first time they could congregate as an entire class in one room, were able to share a meal together, and could take their first in-person exam in the same room. While still taking the appropriate COVID-19 precautions, this year’s experiences have already brought new hope for normalcy. The class is in the middle of the pulmonary block and in the doctoring class they are learning how to deliver life altering news and are reviewing the head, ears, eyes, neck, and throat physical examination. Many students have immersed themselves in leadership positions in the numerous preclinical electives, student interest groups, and advocacy initiatives offered. Several are serving as tutors, peer mentors for the Doctoring program, or are “Al’s Pals” for the MD Class of 2025. Outside of school, many students are enjoying all that Providence has to offer, such as Waterfire.
MD’25: First-year students received their white coats in front of family and friends a couple of weeks ago during the Ceremony of Commitment to Medicine! With the second block exam of immunology having ended with an exam the day prior, students had a wonderful time at the event, especially listening to Dean Julianne Ip's sage (and comical) advice. They are just starting to visit their community mentor sites as part of the Doctoring I course. Working with a physician preceptor, students will see patients, practice the art of taking a medical history and perform elements of physical exams. Since completing the thorax portion of Anatomy I, they have great background for cardiopulmonary assessments with patients.
PLME: The undergraduate Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME) welcomed all PLME students to campus, including its Class of 2025. Following orientation and meetings with their advising deans and Meiklejohns peer advisors, the entering class has been navigating college life. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors are embracing the new semester, with most activities and classes being held in person.
The first Whole Patient Program of the year featured Dr. Ira Wilson, professor of health services, policy and practice, and professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School, and his patient, discussing their patient-physician relationship. The PLME also welcomed a new advising dean to its team, Dean Julie Roth. Dean Roth serves as director of women’s neurology at Rhode Island Hospital, and is an associate professor of neurology and medical science at the Medical School.
May 27, 2021
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
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
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
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
- 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
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.
- 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!