September 2019

From the Associate Dean

From the Associate Dean

Happy autumn, everyone. Fall is an exciting time, although it seems to have come too quickly this year. I hope your year is off to a great start! We’ve gotten the paperwork for our 2019 grads completed, and are currently working on dean’s letters for our fourth-year students. And because it is mid-September, we just completed our first set of …

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Campus Updates: Sept. 2019

Fargo The Southeast Campus made it through the first proctoring of shelf exams on August 23 with the help of our VA Medical Center neighbors, who pitched in when UND lost their network connections across the state. All staff and students handled the glitch in the system well, and with the exception of starting a bit late no other problems were …

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What I Wish I'd Known

What I Wish I'd Known

MSI: Medical school is very inflexible. That said, you can still have a life—but plan to be here like a job, knowing you can’t take days off for fun. MSII: There are just so many unknowns, things you never thought you would encounter as problems. Everything is so expensive. I had a career prior to going back to medical school, …

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Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Know Your Acronyms MSPE: The Medical Student Academic Performance Evaluation, commonly referred to as “the dean’s letter,” is a letter of evaluation. Although the Associate Dean for Student Affairs & Admissions collects most of the data and signs the letter, the only section our Office develops is the “Noteworthy Characteristics” portion of the letter. This section is a collaborative effort …

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Something for Everyone

Something for Everyone

Congratulations to our new Alpha Omega Alpha Nominees: Haley Amoth, James Evers, Jacob Greenmyer, Ellen Kronzer, Jordan Lindholm, Shirin Nour, John Stacy, Annika Strand, Alexandra Streifel, and Ashley Wood (plus one more student we were unable to contact after several attempts). Alpha Omega Alpha (AΩA) Honor Medical Society is an honor society in the field of medicine. AΩA has 132 …

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MSI

MSI

Volunteer to assist future med students! The SMHS Office of Student Affairs & Admissions will be asking for volunteers to take care of the admissions table on our behalf as we conduct medical school applicant interviews in the next few months. We need volunteers for all but one weekend in November, the first weekend in December, and one in January. …

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MSII

MSII

Volunteer to assist future med students! The SMHS Office of Student Affairs & Admissions will be asking for volunteers to take care of the admissions table on our behalf as we conduct medical school applicant interviews in the next few months. We need volunteers for all but one weekend in November, the first weekend in December, and one in January. …

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MSIII

MSIII

Personal Statements You probably won’t be writing your personal statements for a few more months, but you can prepare yourself to do it. One of the best ways of doing this is to journal. It need only be a notebook or a place on your computer where you write something nearly every day--just a line or two. Then periodically take …

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MSIV

MSIV

This is an exciting time. Enjoy it! You’ve worked hard to get this far, but remember that you are interviewing the program as much as they are interviewing you. Be yourself, but don’t forget that everything is part of the interview. It may seem like a friendly dinner with just you and the residents, but such events are still part …

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The HOST Program

The HOST Program

What is the HOST program? HOST stands for Housing Our Students as they Travel. This program matches fourth-year medical students traveling across the U.S. for residency interviews with medical school alumni willing to provide lodging, transportation or general information regarding residency programs. The program has operated for more than eight years and in that time has made 21 successful lodging matches …