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Feinberg Students Attempt to Unionize

Feinberg Students Attempt to Unionize

CHICAGO — The Northwestern football team participated in an historic vote on Thursday that could change college athletics as we know it. Following the lead of their comrades to the north, Feinberg students are seeking to secure and uphold their rights by attempting to unionize as well.
“We’re think we deserve to better treatment,” explained medical student Nicole Palmer. “The football team claims that they are employees of the university. They make money for the university and are compensated by receiving an education. Because of that, they should be allowed to unionize. To me, football players and medical students are essentially in the same boat, so we should be able to unionize as well.”
She continued, “Football players have 3-a-day practices, we have 4-a-day lectures. They get yelled at by coaches, we get yelled at by attendings. They do service within the community, we do AOSC. They complete passes, we pass with concern. The similarities go on and on. But in the end, medical students provide this university with countless hours of free labor. We demand the right to form a union.”
A poll asking students what they hoped to gain from a Feinberg Union included three overriding responses: fewer plenaries, bigger marshmallows for bigger bridges, and a dental plan.

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M1s to Remediate Foundations Plenary IRATs

M1s to Remediate Foundations Plenary IRATs

CHICAGO – In a surprise move by the Office of Medical Education, over half of the M1 class will be expected to remediate the plenary IRAT quizzes from the recently completed Foundations unit.

Following the first Synthesis and Application Module last week, the Deans notified students by email that they would need to evaluate their understanding of the material covered in the IRATs. Some students will be asked to re-take quizzes from various plenary sessions during the 14-week Foundations unit.

“Some people simply didn’t answer all the IRAT questions,” said one Dean. “Maybe they were having clicker problems, we’re not sure. Other students were clearly answering ‘B’ for every question.”

The Office of Medical Education said the new decision is meant to reinforce the necessity of the IRATs.

The Feinberg Flipside conducted a poll by clicker to determine the number of students who will remediate the IRATs this week. However, the poll only received a total response rate of 137.

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Feinberg Students Still Recovering From “Flash Plenary”

Feinberg Students Still Recovering From “Flash Plenary”

HUGHES AUDITORIUM – Many Feinberg first-year students were still recuperating over the Thanksgiving vacation after the events of a recent “Flash Plenary.” Course directors shocked students with an impromptu plenary during classes the week before the last Foundations exam.

Students who were expecting a second lecture on Anti-Infectives the Friday before the exam were taken aback when the lecturer left Hughes Auditorium. Their shock deepened as Dr. Garcia stood up, microphone in hand, in the middle of the auditorium and announced that an additional plenary would take the place of that day’s final lecture.

Course directors had been scattered throughout Hughes, some pretending to sit in on the previous lectures, others checking Facebook on their laptops to blend in with the crowd.

“I remember wondering why Dr. Garcia was sitting at the front of the lecture hall,” said a traumatized M1. “The next thing I knew I was looking at a PowerPoint slide of the Competency Compass and she had taken the podium.”

A representative from the FSM 3.0 curriculum committee explained this teaching modality will be used to reinforce learning during Phase 1 of the new curriculum. “We really believe shock and surprise will help students internalize the information that is being presented in all threads of the curriculum,” said one Dean. “And I don’t want to give away too much, but it’s possible the ‘Flash Plenary’ technique could make a reprise in later years as well.”

Students will be asked to carry their clickers with them during their clinical rotations in Phases 2 and 3.

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SM Course Directors Lose Bet, Forced to Work-in CML Whenever Possible

SM Course Directors Lose Bet, Forced to Work-in CML Whenever Possible

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