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Gunner Hopes World Doesn’t End Until <em>AFTER</em> First CV Exam

Gunner Hopes World Doesn’t End Until AFTER First CV Exam

PRE-APOCALYPTIC EARTH – As the 5125 year long Mesoamerican Long Count calendar comes to on end on December 21, 2012, many are preparing for a cataclysmic event. It has been suggested that the Mayans predicted the end of the world on this day because of the start of a spiritual or physical transformation. A physical transformation may include the arrival of the next solar maximum, a black hole in the center of the galaxy, or a collision with the planet “Nibiru.”

December 21st is also the day of the next Feinberg M1 exam. Go figure.

Some FSM students are taking the threat seriously. One student admitted to not searching for an AOSC advisor. Another student revealed that he hasn’t filled out an evaluation since the first block of PBL. Others are not concerned at all and happily go about their normal business, while a handful couldn’t care either way.

Alfred Stevenson, a well-known M1gunner, is largely indifferent when it comes to the Mayan prediction.

“End of the world? That’s the last thing on my mind right now. I finally finished the 200 pages of reading for Health and Society. Time now to memorize the 12 lead locations of an ECG and how to precisely calculate interval axes. […] To be honest, I don’t care if something bad happens, just as long as it doesn’t happen until 12:01pm CDT. Exams are my time to shine, don’t want to miss out on such a great opportunity to destroy yet another exam!”

It is curious that an exam has been scheduled on December 21st, the first organ system based exam no less. Perhaps that’s the catastrophe the Mayans predicted? If the difficulty of this first CV week is any indication, it could very well be what they had in mind. Or, it could initiate the start of a spiritual transformation. Like you realizing that medical school is actually really hard.

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Student, Like, Really Concerned About These Herpes Statistics

Student, Like, Really Concerned About These Herpes Statistics

HUGHES AUDITORIUM – M1 student Grant Laske was shocked last week during a Science in Medicine lecture on herpesviruses. “It was early in the morning, so I wasn’t paying 100% attention yet,” said Laske, “but, I’m pretty sure I heard the lecturer say something like 90% of people are infected with herpes.”

“That number is just, like, unacceptable,” Laske added.

Since the lecture, Laske has been trying to get to the bottom of this shocking statistic. He reports he spent most of the PBL session immediately following the lecture looking up the rates of herpesvirus infection on his phone. But Laske says he has been having difficulty interpreting the information he is finding.

“I just wish I’d been paying more attention in MDM, you know?” said Laske. “I can’t remember whether the lecturer was telling us prevalence of the disease or incidence. And frankly I don’t know the difference between those two things anyways.”

Laske’s friend Karen Wentley says she saw Laske in Galter Library this weekend reading Clinical Epidemiology by Fletcher and Fletcher and muttering to himself about alpha levels.

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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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