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A Template for Students Reconsidering Their Career in Medicine

A Template for Students Reconsidering Their Career in Medicine

Having forgotten the joys of “having a life”, many third year medical students at FSM returned from winter break with a desire to end their enrollment in the M.D. degree program. After receiving many requests for advice on how to “break the news gently” we have carefully prepared the following form letter to explain your decision to withdraw from medical school.

Dear Feinberg,

I, [your name here], wish to inform you that I will no longer be returning to classes or clinical duties as a student at your institution. I started giving this a lot of thought over winter break and I decided…I’m just not gonna do this medicine stuff anymore.

I really appreciate all the time you put into coming up with the new curriculum. And organizing everyone’s clinical clerkship experiences seems like a really big job. I don’t want to seem ungrateful. But after not doing things over winter break…I think I just wanna not do things now. Or you know, things like watch all of Gossip Girl again, or listen to this cool new podcast called Serial. Or maybe read a book. I don’t know. I hope you get the gist.

So, yeah, I guess that’s all really. I just wanted to give you a heads up that you don’t need to bother deducting professionalism points. I’m not missing a few days of this clerkship. I’m just…not gonna go anymore…

With not that much regret really,

[your signature here]

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eMerg “Too Convenient,” More Dropdown Menus Added Over Winter Break

eMerg “Too Convenient,” More Dropdown Menus Added Over Winter Break

CHICAGO – Feinberg students returning from winter break will find an updated interface for accessing course documents as the Office of Medical Education continues to improve eMerg. Administrators raised concerns before the winter vacation that the online resource gateway had been too easy to use during the first four months of the new curriculum rolled out in August.

“Medicine is a difficult profession,” said one dean. “We want graduates of the Feinberg School of Medicine to be able to locate and access the resources they need even in the face of utmost adversity.”

After noting that first year medical students had become too complacent, the Office of Medical Education set forth to make learning guides, lecture slides and readings more challenging to find through the online resource gateway. “For starters students will have to work their way through a lot more dropdown menus to get to content now,” explained a computer programmer hired for the redesign. “Students will start by choosing an academic term, then selecting an option from a list of competency standards and then classroom location…it goes on from there, but I have a trouble remembering the exact navigation.”

More changes are planned for eMerg as the new year continues including scheduled service outages and uploading revised learning guides shortly after lectures begin. In an official statement released by the Office of Medical Education, the expedited implementation of the dropdown menu system was highlighted as an important facet of the new Feinberg curriculum. “At Feinberg we value the education of our students too highly to pass up such a high-yield opportunity to expose students to the struggles of the medical profession.”

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