The Step 2 Clinical Skills Exam — A Poor Value Proposition
- Written by Ivan Gonzalez
Hello Ladies & Gents,
Candidates are shown below:
College of Medicine Alumni Affairs: ONYINYECHUKWU OCHI
College of Medicine Graduate Affairs: Chika Okafor
College of Medicine Vice President of Activities: Olabola Awosika
College of Medicine Vice President of Administration: Brittney Phillips & LaShawndra Sly Walker
College of Medicine Vice President of Community Affairs: Melissa Cole & Simone M. Sweeney
College of Medicine Vice President of Education: Jonathan Posey
College of Medicine Vice President of Finance: Shani Scott
College of Medicine President : Alisha Williams & Leia Harbour
College of Medicine Graduate Student Assembly Representative: Andrea Alexander & Renee Campbell
Leia Harbour MSIII
Platform for Student Council President
There is a new wave gaining ground throughout the College of Medicine. Students are eager to bring back the Hey Day of the medical school, regaining its former prestige and success. Paramount to this vision is working with our faculty to establish the precedence of prestige, and working with the administration to facilitate success. Together we must be strategic and set both immediate and long-term goals.
As the Student Council President I would voice the structural and academic concerns of the student body with effective communication and persistent persuasion. I plan to present strategic proposals to the administration that facilitate our success within the guidelines set by the LCME. A strong rapport with faculty and administration due to my prior student council experience gives my concerns and ideas validation in the eyes of the faculty as being the views of an academically progressive student body.
My two years of experience on the Student Council gives me a unique advantage as a candidate in that I was a member of the Council when many of the ideas that are being instituted today were birthed. I would not be entering this position from a lateral stand point, but one that is parallel to the issues on the table. I have both hindsight and foresight for the problems at hand and am privy to both the trajectory and the desired goal. I would love the honor of being elected as your Student Council President and am prepared to move forward with plans towards greatness for HUCM.
Alisha Williams MS III
Platform for Student Council President
Bridging the Gap…
…between the preclinical and clinical years by cultivating stronger mentoring relationships. My goal is to create a more structured way for first and second years to maintain contact and communication with third and fourth years so that the transition after Step 1 is a little smoother
…between students and administration by encouraging regular and effective communication. The Town hall meetings that are in place have in my opinion been very beneficial. I plan to continue this and additionally create “State of the Union” blurbs in the Digest once a semester to maintain transparency
…between the Allied Health Sciences and the College of Medicine to ensure our compliance with interdisciplinary standards. These relationships with other health professionals are essential to our ultimate goal of optimum patient care
…between the College of Medicine and the overarching Howard University administration to make sure that we are aware of any decisions higher up that may affect our experiences as medical students. The aforementioned “State of the Union” blurbs will update students only those matters that are relevant to us
VP of Finances Platform
As the vice president of finances I plan to administer our funds in a way to maximize the student council's ability to support the student body academically, and in student community service. I also intend to keep orderly records and maintain budget transparency throughout the academic year. Moreover, I will work with administration to develop a standardized fund request system to ensure the student ran organizations will have an easier access to their funds.
VP of Education
Striving for Excellence Together. Howard University College of Medicine can continue to be one of the premier institutions for the next generation of clinicians. In order to achieve this, it will take not only maintenance of current goals, but to make a concerted effort to bring everyone together while striving for educational excellence. This means we must continue to make a goal oriented approach in improving our current standings in terms of preparation for USMLE boards, improving first and second year clinical standards, and training that better translate to clinical rotations, and maintaining a sense of servitude to our surrounding community in the classroom and in the wards. I also want to strive for a higher level of professionalism through integrated lectures and coursework that will translate to both the clinical and administrative aspects of medicine and become a noted benefit to the HUCM experience. One of my goals is to expand pre-first year programs such as PARP to include an optional program for those who were not designated for the program but may want the experience in order to ease the transition into medical school and bolster retention rates. Due to the restrictions of the grants for the PARP program, this program would have to operate similar to a summer directed study program in which a fee would be charged for participation. Finally, I want to improve the means in which DAC evaluations are administered throughout the year. I’m suggesting either weekly or biweekly evaluations to be given so that lecturers and unit coordinators can receive feedback that can be useful for making changes while the unit is still underway rather than the current system in which changes are made for the following year and do not benefit the students requesting the changes.
The duties and responsibilities associated with the position of Vice-President of Education are to: attend all Monthly Curriculum Committee Meetings; serve as official Curriculum Committee representative; organize Bookstore Nights (Fall and Spring); deal with Education Issues as they arise; maintain an open line of communication with Dean Hassan; serve as a liaison for individual class VPs of Education; attend all Monthly Clerkship Directors Meetings; attend MS 1 & 2 subcommittee meetings; host the VP of Education Monthly meetings with representatives from each class & Dean Hassan; work with faculty and librarian to ensure that required text are on reserve in the library; maintain office hours (2 hrs/wk); maintain VP of Education book (to be evaluated per semester); improve academic support through the Office of Medical Education; research and suggest external resources to improve education; and ensure that LCME standards are maintained.
VP of Community Affairs
The mission statement of Howard University College of Medicine states “we will continue to be world leaders in the training of competent, compassionate physicians and other health professionals for medically underserved communities and populations.” The HUCM medical student becomes a warrior for the medically underserved by starting here in the local HUCM community. This is why the role of the VP of Community Affairs is so important.
As VP of Community Affairs I am prepared to take on this demanding task. I am running under the platform of Diversity & Availability. By working with the volunteers department within Howard University Hospital as well as the outreach office, I can offer diverse community service activities that will appeal to the varied interest and skill level of our student population. Also, by working with my co-VP we can pool our connections to increase the availability of service programs, allowing for maximum participation throughout the year.
2013-2014 will be an amazing year for Community Service! Thank you.
VP of Community Affairs Platform
My platform can be summed up in one word: CommUNITY Service. Howard University College of Medicine (HUCM) is full of diverse students that choose to thrive in different school organizations. With so many successful organizations, which sometimes choose to host their own community service projects, participation can suffer because of the project being on a certain date, miscommunication, or lack of notice. By emphasizing the UNITY in CommUNITY, diverse organizations can unite under one purpose. I want to introduce the“Community Service of the Month” project, in which organizations are not only highlighted, but the student body is encouraged to participate in their community service project that month. With a unified support of the organizational service project each month, participation in projects will increase, along with the student body’s awareness and familiarity of organizations on the Medical School campus.
Graduate Student Assembly Representative
Graduate Affairs Platform
As Vice President of Graduate Affairs I will work to reach out to our graduate students early on and gather their input. I will also strive to create a working relationship with the other graduate schools outside of the College of Medicine. I want to create a wide spectrum of events that address their interests and desires. I will take advantage of every opportunity to encourage inter-class camaraderie for a more effective student council. I plan to work with other members of student council to create the best student council this year for our colleagues. In addition, I will work to form a realistic and open discussion with the deans when any student brings a problem to my attention.
LaShawndra S. Walker
VP of Administration Platform
During my first year here at HUCM, I was intrigued by the student activism and immense pride in Howard. While I know all these things are still here, the presence of these values has seemed to dwindle a bit. I want to bring back the era of students being energized to serve this institution by being actively involved. I am running on the platform of REVIVE. If elected to serve as your VP of Administration, I seek to
Revitalize the spirit of pride in our great institution
Equip organizations to run effectively (i.e. funds)
Vocalize the concerns of the Student Body to Administration
Institute measures to ensure HUCM graduates are adequately prepared for Residency
Value relationships among our peers as well as faculty and alumni
I hope to carry out the aforementioned objectives by working with the President and other executive board members to ensure that organizations are able to request and receive funds to efficiently run, develop a better system for students to make their concerns known to the appropriate members of the administration, to communicate with recent past graduates to see how well our HUCM curriculum prepared them for residency and to implement different workshops addressing Professionalism in Medicine in the 21st Century.
I am extremely proud to be a member the HUCM family and I would love nothing more than to spend my last year here serving each of you as your Student Council VP of Administration.
For those of you still interested in the AIDS Walk:
AIDS Walk Washington will begin and end at Freedom Plaza (Pennsylvania Avenue and 13th Street, NW). The closest Metro stations are Federal Triangle (Blue / Orange lines) and Metro Center (Blue/Orange/Red lines). The walk will start promptly at 9:15 am.
Salih Grevious will be driving there so he can pick you up from school 30-45 min before the walk begins (please let him know asap if you are planning to go with him).
If you guys would like to meet up in school take the metro together let me know. Please let us know if you have any other questions.