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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 State of the Union Address

FSM State of the Union Address

From the desk of the Class President:

Esteemed friends and colleagues,

It is my distinct pleasure as Class President to deliver the annual Feinberg State of the Union Address, honoring the age-old FSM 3.0 tradition of doing so via an online newspaper. I consider this an opportunity to evaluate how my administration has done so far in addressing your needs as well as an opportunity to fill you in on what’s in store for our class moving forward.

In case you used all four of your personal days during my tenure as President and therefore missed all of it, here are a few highlights of what we’ve accomplished so far.

Under my Presidency, I successfully kept the books out of our libraries. Your privilege, nay right, to spy on your classmates through the bookshelves and wonder if what they are studying is maybe something you should also be studying. I also participated in what was only the second worst rollout in the country this year: the Summative Portfolio (thanks healthcare.gov!). And most importantly, I saw at least 50% of the class complete Step 1. While this may be 50% less than any other class in the history of Feinberg entering M3 year, it’s also infinitely more than the number of students who completed Step 1 during my predecessor’s regime. Think about it.

While all of this has been great, I can confidently say things are only looking up for the class of 2016. I’ve been able to reach across the DHW aisle and create the following new policies for our M3 year.

Starting immediately, the no laptop policy from SAM V will now apply to life in general. You’ll thank me when you realize this means you never have to cope with NMH Guest Wi-Fi again. Additionally, the system of underlining, bolding, and highlighting from our weekly CEC emails that conditioned us to ignore 95% of any email from AWOME will now be incorporated into Powerchart to help us adjust to life on the wards. And finally, it is now required that all oral presentations during the Ob/Gyn rotation are delivered in the voice of Bane because we’ve finally found something we’re pretty sure Dr. Garcia likes.

In summary, I believe the state of our union is strong. I hope you are satisfied with your Feinberg experience thus far and are as excited as I am for our bright future together. May you fully enjoy the upcoming year and may the sparkle in your pretending-to-be-excited-about-everything M3 eye always be in the shape of the Feinberg competency compass.

God bless you, and God bless the Feinberg School of Medicine.

With love,


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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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