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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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Feinberg Flipside Meme: Phase 2

Phase 2 meme

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<em>Feinberg Flipside</em> Creates New Review Panel to Review Review Panels Reviews of Student Reviews of New Curriculum

Feinberg Flipside Creates New Review Panel to Review Review Panels Reviews of Student Reviews of New Curriculum

FLIPSIDE HEADQUARTERS – During our latest meeting, The Flipside got to thinking (yes, we actually think). There’s so many layers of review at Feinberg. You have the new curriculum itself, which is the culmination of reviews from past students and faculty of FSM 2.0. Of course, you have the current M1s who review the new curriculum. Then, you’ve got Review Panels for certain aspects of the curriculum. But who reviews the review panels? Don’t they have to be in check?

The Flipside is proud to announce the creation of it’s own Review Panel. We call it the Review Review Panel. We hope to provide constructive feedback in a timely fashion regarding the reviews of the Review Panels reviews of student reviews of the new curriculum. Did we get that right? I think so.

Anyway, we’re going to start our Review Review Panel on the reviews from the Renal module (mainly because ‘renal’ sounds somewhat similar to ‘review’ as to only confuse you further). So, it should be another, oh I don’t know, three and a half months before those reviews are sent out to us by email. Once we have those reviews, we’ll begin composing our own reviews, which should take an additional three months time. Given that timeline, hopefully you’ll hear back from us by Halloween.

If there is someone out there who would like to review The Flipside’s Review Review Panel reviews of the Review Panel reviews of the students reviews of the curriculum which is basically a review of the old curriculum, please let us know.

We will send out an email when you can fill out this review, as it will take us a while to put it on the Student Evaluation System. Then, it won’t work, and we’ll have to repost it, but we’re still going to have it due like really soon after it’s up and running, even though we won’t share our thoughts on your feedback for roughly four months or so.

I think you get it by now. In all fairness, the review system is important, especially in a newly revamped curriculum. We do play an important role in how things play out. Hey, if you have a review of The Flipside in general, by all means, let us know. That’s why we have a comment function after all.

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Students Excited for Apple Juice, Nap During H&S Lectures

Students Excited for Apple Juice, Nap During H&S Lectures

HUGHES AUDITORIUM – The Health and Society Review Panel released its findings to the M1 class via email about a month and a half or so ago. They decided that, in order to better encourage student participation during the weekly two hour lecture in lieu of small group sessions, it would be required best if we were to occupy only the first eight rows in Hughes. To the dismay of students who get anxious when sitting in the front of a lecture hall, this recommendation received little protest from the M1 class.

“We feel like students weren’t paying attention during Health and Society lectures,” one member of the Review Panel told Flipside reporters. “It’s all about generating a discussion.”

Although there might not have been much protest, there were certainly individuals who were critical of the Review Panel’s recommendation.

“We’re adults after all, you know,” Albert F. D. Superficialis pleaded to The Flipside. “Hey, if we want to participate, we’ll participate. We know how to appropriately handle ourselves and we are the ones that are ultimately responsible for our own education.”

While Albert makes a good point, what he forgets is that topics like health literacy, global health as it pertains to lungs, gallery walks, forcing us to participate in death panel kidney donations, and global health as it pertains to the renal unit are best internalized if we learn as a group. Best internalized only if our hands are held for us, instead of us trying to understand it on our own. No, being within sneezing distance of half of your medical school class is a far better way to learn. We should all realize that when it comes to motivating yourself to learn in medical school, having your hand held is the best method. We’re med students after all, who among us has an intrinsic desire and passion for knowledge and education?

To further solidify their holding hands approach (also being referred to as ‘The Kindergarten Method’), the H&S Review Panel has recently decided to institute a mandatory apple juice session after H&S lecture, followed by an hour nap. That is, only if you pick up all the toys first and put them back where they belong. Only then will you get your apple juice.

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FSM Scraps IT Department to Focus Funds on Re-Animating Steve Jobs

FSM Scraps IT Department to Focus Funds on Re-Animating Steve Jobs

Hughes Auditorium – In light of recent numerous issues, the Feinberg School of Medicine is scrapping its dysfunctional IT department completely and focusing all funds on a project to re-animate Steve Jobs.

“It’ll simply be easier to bring Mr. Jobs back to life than to fix the problems we have,” explained IT Coordinator Karen Brown. “Students rely on recorded lectures and we don’t want to delay a solution any longer.” She went on to explain to Flipside reporters that she fully expects the quirky technology genius to have some fantastic ideas. “Mr. Jobs may pursue tasks as innovative as actually recording lectures, allowing view speed to be altered by students, and offering one simple downloadable file.” These concepts, now deemed science fiction, aren’t expected to be a barrier for Mr. Jobs.

The project, colloquially deemed iGiveUp, is expected to begin immediately on April 31st.

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<em>Flipside</em> Returns From Lengthy Hiatus: We thought STEP 1 was after M1 year

Flipside Returns From Lengthy Hiatus: We thought STEP 1 was after M1 year

FLIPSIDE HEADQUARTERS – Well, this is embarrassing. It seems that there has been a bit of a mix up of sorts. We here at The Flipside have been, well, studying for boards. That’s kind of why we haven’t been generating much content lately. Oops.

You see, we took the whole STEP 1 thing a bit too literally. We thought it was the first step because it was after the first year. We see now that that does not make any sense. We apologize for letting a lot of rather strange Feinberg events pass through our all seeing and all knowing filter. I mean, think about it. This new media site stuff? Lectures in the law building without sending us an email? Lack of preparation for anatomy lab? The entire Head and Neck schedule? Crazy, right?

Again, that’s our bad folks. We’re on it now. To be honest though, it’s getting really easy to satirize what goes on around here. It’s as if it just falls into our lap or something.

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Feinberg Meme – Renal Module

Check out our meme from the last module!

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FSM Thanks Guinea Pig M1s by Enlisting them in Forced Labor

FSM Thanks Guinea Pig M1s by Enlisting them in Forced Labor

NEWS IN BRIEF

CHICAGO – The ongoing AOSC funding debacle rages on at the Feinberg School of Medicine. It appears that students will not be financially compensated for their required summer projects.

“We’ve already sacrificed enough, at least I think so,” M1 Roger Halperton told The Flipside via phone interview. “We’ve put up with the lack of organization, not being able to see our tests, etc. I know we knew the risks of coming to a school starting a new curriculum, but by not paying us this summer [for AOSC research], we’re more or less doing forced labor.”

Students will be offered additional loans as compensation, but that’s not really the issue at hand.

“I pay a lot of money to come to this school,” an anonymous M1 informed a Flipside staff reporter. “So, my point is, why am I paying more money to do more work? Yes, I benefit in that I have the opportunity to do research, but the school and hospital benefit as well.”

The lack of money is certainly unfortunate. Who knows what will upset the M1 class next? Perhaps FSM will take the “guinea pig” logo to heart and make us run in hamster wheels to power the school. That would be actual forced labor. On the bright side, that could be a better use of our time then sitting through two hours of HQPS. Someone should bring this up at the next review panel meeting.

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Disgruntled AOSC Tells Area Group of Laughing Teens to “Get the heck off my lawn!”

Disgruntled AOSC Tells Area Group of Laughing Teens to “Get the heck off my lawn!”

CHICAGO — Claiming “I’d just mowed the darn thing!” and “these little punks have no business being out during school hours,” a visibly tempered AOSC screamed at an area group of giggling teenagers to “Scram! Vamoose! Get the heck outta here!”

In between bouts of fist shaking, AOSC informed Flipside reporters:  “You know fertilizer and gasoline aren’t free!  Who’s going to pay for the extra yard upkeep with these hooligans tromping all over the place? I don’t have the money for that this coming summer!”

AOSC was able to entertain Flipside reporters for a brief interview in his quaint, 1,000 square-foot, light blue ranch home.

“Let me just flip off Matlock real quick.  You need anything? I’ve got some great prune juice…or some orange Metamucil if you’re a bit blocked up.”

AOSC proceeded to inform Flipside reporters about how well his grandson Jeffery is doing at the university (“He’s going to be a business man, you know!”), how slippery the darn sidewalks can get in the wintertime, and about how he’s sure the cable repair worker stole his new Timex.

At press time, AOSC was making a trip to the local bank to deposit some 3,000 pennies into savings while muttering something under his breath regarding a “darn lack of work ethic these days!”

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