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FSM Unveils New Great Grand Stellated 120-Cell Competency Compass

FSM Unveils New Great Grand Stellated 120-Cell Competency Compass

CHICAGO – The Committee of Curriculum Renewal revealed new details yesterday about an upcoming change in Feinberg’s ever-evolving curriculum. In a recent press release, the Committee detailed their plans to change the Northwestern Competency Compass: “upon further reflection, we realized that we expect more from our graduates than a simple 8-point compass could ever represent, so we have jointly decided to launch an updated version that fully encompasses (pun intended) all the ideals we expect of our student body.” The Feinberg website has now been updated to reflect the changes, revealing for the first time the new 32-point Competency Compass (pictured below)

In a recent interview with certain committee members, one Dean explained the committee’s thought process behind the new compass. “We were beginning to feel limited by our 8 competencies, each one already has 3-8 subheadings. So we wanted to make things simpler for the class and produce a streamlined, easy-to-remember visualization of our many expectations.”

The administration isn’t ready to stop at 32. The Committee disclosed plans on the next update: “Well we know we are going to have trouble inserting new expectations into the new compass, so we’re exploring options to create a 3-dimensional polygonal compass with enough corners to fit future additions, something akin to a ‘star polychoron’, perhaps a ‘great grand stellated 120-cell’ (pictured top right), we just want to make sure we make things as easy as possible for students to digest.”

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New Curriculum to Be Replaced by One Giant Concept Map

New Curriculum to Be Replaced by One Giant Concept Map

AWOME – The M1 class at the Feinberg School of Medicine has been very outspoken regarding the new curriculum, or “FSM 3.0.” While there are certainly many advantages, increased clinical exposure for one, students have not been shy in pointing out areas that may need improvement.

“We’ve received a lot of feedback,” one member of the Augusta Webster Office of Medical Education told The Flipside. “Some of it constructive, some of it not so much.”

Initially, the administration was hesitant to make changes to their newly updated curriculum. However, recent complaints regarding post-exam review policies have swayed the administration to reevaluate FSM 3.0.

“We’re scrapping the new curriculum entirely,” Dean Fredrickson explained to The Flipside via email. “We were tired of getting emails from the M1s who were questioning our judgment. It’s time to try ‘Plan B.’”

Effective immediately, the curriculum will be replaced with a single concept map.

“We were really impressed by the student concept maps from the first block of PBL,” Dean Fredrickson wrote. “They seemed to really enjoy putting them together and we already know how useful concepts maps can be for retaining and later applying knowledge.”

The “all concept map” curriculum will still have the same number of class hours in a week, but will consist almost entirely of PBL. Each small group will be assigned one section of the curriculum to contribute to the master concept map. Anatomy lab will still take place, but only to “dissect” the intricacies, inevitable repetitions, and bad handwriting of said concept map. Once it’s completed, the students can stare at it for hours on end until Step 1.

One PBL instructor was extremely excited about the change. “This is the greatest thing to happen to medical education since EMERG.”

Several “gunners” have already prepared ways to excel at concept mapping. Sally Hunterburger plans to make hers in 3D, while Jim Jamestown thinks he found a way to make a concept map within a concept map.

“Concept map inceptionBWWWAAAA,” was Jamestown’s only comment.

When asked what he thought the students reactions to the change would be, Dean Fredrickson replied, “I don’t know, but I can tell you that they’ll find a way to complain about it.”

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Area Student to Answer “D” on Step1 Question About Kreb’s Cycle

Area Student to Answer “D” on Step1 Question About Kreb’s Cycle

CHICAGO – Ecstatic Feinberg student Stephen Johnson cannot wait to “totally nail that question on the Kreb’s Cycle when Step1 rolls around.”  Johnson is of course referring to the “totally kick ass” review of Foundations Exam I offered to students this year, in which every difficult concept presented in class was boiled down to a single letter:  A-E.

“I mean, where was this during lecture? I’m struggling to keep my head above water.  TCA, organelles, cell cycle, birth defects and then BOOM, it all becomes so simple.  Autosomal dominant inheritance = B.  Presenting symptoms of Turner Syndrome = B, C and sometimes A.  Even something difficult like the branching patterns of spinal nerves = A+C to D, then E.  I’m set! No Kaplan needed.”

In lieu of vigorously studying for Step1, Stephen informed Flipside reporters that his “Xbox won’t know what hit it.  His liver, too.”  While the efficacy of this new approach to prepare students for boards is yet to be seen, one thing remains certain:  Educators are continuing to push the envelope of medical training.

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Feinberg Unveils Bentley and Bethany A. Brixberry Memorial Doorknob

Feinberg Unveils Bentley and Bethany A. Brixberry Memorial Doorknob

CHICAGO – In the Robert H. Lurie Atrium Wednesday, Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine unveiled what is to become the next crown jewel of the Chicago campus – the Bentley and Bethany A. Brixberry Memorial Doorknob.  Faculty and students were teeming with excitement throughout the day in anticipation of the doorknob’s “inaugural shine.”  As seemingly confused building service workers left the doorknob sparkling, a rush of people descended upon memorial to snap a photo of the always glamorous Bethany Brixberry using it for the first time.

“I can’t believe I’m going to actually touch the Brixberry Knob every day on my way to class!” exclaimed a zealous M1.  “I mean, that’s……like…..SO AWESOME.  And in my white coat?! AHHH!”

The Brixberry Memorial Doorknob will take its rightful place amongst past gorgeous donations including:  The Wetherford Family Hand Rail, The Jameson C. Humphries Memorial Projector, and The Spendhauser Family Air Duct.

“I mean, this is right up there with a Wetherford, or a Humprhries!” exclaimed top administrators.

The Brixberry – as it’s already being called – has begun attracting groups of Chicago Segway tours to its illustrious shine.

“Oh, it’s gorgeous Bob.  Grab the Kodak and take a photo already! Kids…kids…..KIDS! Get away from that nice man sleeping in front of the cardboard sign!” stated an awestruck visitor to the knob.

While the legacy of the Brixberry Knob is yet to be seen, it is quite clear that it will be a staple amongst campus memorials for years to come.  The Brixberry has already been situated with a 24/7 team of security guards feverishly checking WildCards before granting access to the site.  “I’m just excited for what the future holds for Feinberg with the Brixberry in hand,” stated administrators.  The future prospects are certainly shiny.

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Gunner’s Corner 1

Gunner’s Corner 1

The friendly advice column from everyone’s favorite member of their medical school class.

 

Dear Gunner,

I’ve been studying like crazy for the Step 1 exam, and I’ve gotten to the point where I can’t stuff anything else in my head. Anything I study now just doesn’t seem to “stick.” What can I do?

-Stuffed-up Susan

 

Dear Stuffed-up Susan,

You sound stressed. I cannot relate, but I have read about “Stress” in our psych text. I suggest taking a break from Step 1 studying, and instead study for your Step 2. It will be a nice change of pace.

-Gunner

 

Dear Gunner,

I’m having trouble balancing my personal life with my medical school commitments? I find myself neglecting my boyfriend, my friends back home, even my dog. How can I keep the important people (and pets) in my life happy while keeping up with my studies?

-Stressed-out Sara

 

Dear Stressed-out Sara,

What is this ‘personal’ life you speak of?

-Gunner

 

Dear Gunner,

I think my boyfriend back home may be cheating on me. What should I do?

-Suspecful Sally

 

Dear Suspectful Sally,

Study.

-Gunner

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FeinbergPulse: “What Are You up to During Lecture?”

Students weigh in on what makes them tick

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CM Pushes to Repeal the ‘Don’t Ask-Don’t Tell-Ask’ Policy

CM Pushes to Repeal the ‘Don’t Ask-Don’t Tell-Ask’ Policy

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Eosinophil Seen Checking into Seedy Hotel with Basic Dye

Eosinophil Seen Checking into Seedy Hotel with Basic Dye

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Feinberg Students Cure Cancer After Working with Marshmallow Bridge

Feinberg Students Cure Cancer After Working with Marshmallow Bridge

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166 WAVE Cards Appear on Ebay

166 WAVE Cards Appear on Ebay

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