Hear from Medical Students at Schwartz Rounds

Schwartz logoAttend the upcoming Schwartz Center Rounds, “The Impact of Interprofessional Teamwork on the Patient Experience: Insights from Our Next Generation of Caregivers,” on Friday, February 8, noon to 1 pm. Lunch will be served at 11:45 am. Place the forum in your schedule with the outlook calendar appointment. Held in the Faculty Conference Room, S1-342, University Campus, the event will feature panelists from our Medical School including third-year students Thomas Carroll, Marc Polanik and Shruthi Srinivas. One contact hour will be provided for nurses and physicians. Preregistration is not required. Email with questions, ideas for topics or to join the rounds planning committee.

Match Day: 24 Medical Students Stay on for Residencies!

Last week, the Medical School’s Class of 2016 celebrated Match Day when 128 students learned where they would begin their careers as physicians. Match Day is the annual, nationwide pairing of graduating medical students with postgraduate residency training programs. This year, 69 students, comprising 58 percent of the class, choose careers in internal medicine, family medicine and pediatrics. Sixty-six graduates will practice in Massachusetts, including 24 who will continue with residencies at UMass Memorial Health Care and the Medical School, including Waldo Zamor (see video below) who got his top pick here for his dermatology residency. See UMassMedNow and Telegram & Gazette coverage.

Pelosi and McGovern Salute Students’ Farm-to-Health Initiative 

U.S. Rep. James McGovern and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recognized Medical School students and officials who participate in the Farm-to-Health Center Initiative.

U.S. Rep. James McGovern and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recognized Medical School students and officials who participate in the Farm-to-Health Center Initiative.

Medical School students were recently recognized by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Rep. James McGovern for their efforts to identify Family Health Center of Worcester patients who don’t regularly have enough to eat and to provide them access to nutritious food through the Farm-to-Health Center Initiative. Pelosi said, “It is our moral obligation to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry at night, seniors can rely on their next meal, and struggling families can put food on the table,” at a program recognition event. The program offers free vegetables and fruits to hundreds of families throughout the growing season at the Family Health Center of Worcester. Learn more.

Students’ Project Reveals Patients Enjoy Sharing Their Stories 

Medical students, from left, Shu Yang, Melinda Palma and Waldo Zamor with the Tell Me More poster on National Solidarity Day for Compassionate Care.

Medical students, from left, Shu Yang, Melinda Palma and Waldo Zamor with the Tell Me More poster on National Solidarity Day for Compassionate Care.

A recent exercise with medical students revealed our patients enjoy sharing their personal stories in the hospital setting. Inaugural members of the Medical School’s Gold Humanism Honor Society celebrated National Solidarity Day for Compassionate Care last month by participating in the Tell Me More project. Medical students visited University Campus patients, asking them questions and posting their answers above their beds. Students were encouraged by patients’ enthusiasm. “A lot of patients said we should do this more often and were excited to have their stories up on the walls,” student Shu Yang said. Learn more.

Careers Launched at Match Day

Match Day 2014 last envelope

Student Alessandra Moore is the last to receive her envelope and, as tradition holds, wins the pot of dollar bills each matching student has to drop into the bag.

Fourth-year UMass Medical School students ripped open the famed Match Day envelopes last Friday to discover where they’ll begin their medical residencies. As with past years, half of the 121 students will stay in Massachusetts, including 21 who matched at UMass Memorial Health Care in emergency medicine, ob/gyn, orthopedics, pathology, pediatrics, primary care, psychiatry and surgery. News coverage included local stories and photos in the Telegram & Gazette and MassLive.com and features on the Medical School’s UMassMedNow website. Congratulations to the students!

Friday’s Schwartz Rounds Highlight Medical Students’ Reflections

A special Schwartz Rounds session, “Advocating for our Patients through Teamwork: Reflections by Our Medical Students,” is featured this Friday, March 28, 12:30 to 1:30 pm, Faculty Conference (Room S1-342), University Campus. Lunch is served at 12:15 pm. Preregistration is not required. The Schwartz Center Rounds are a unique and highly effective forum for increasing the understanding between patient and caregivers, offering a relaxed and open forum focused on the social, emotional and personal aspects of patient care.