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SMHS Student Affairs & Admissions News

Odds and Ends

Know your acronyms
AOA: Alpha Omega Alpha is the medical honor society. Students are generally chosen for this society in their junior and senior year. There is a very specific number of individuals that can be inducted from a given class. Dr. Cornelius (Mac) Dyke is the advisor. Stay tuned for more information on exactly how the students will be chosen.

Something for everybody: if you get summoned for jury duty
If you get called to jury duty, sometimes it is possible to serve. But not always. If it is not, please let Dr. Dorscher ( or Cindy Stromme ( know, and they will provide you with the appropriate documentation to request a deferral with the appropriate agency.

New curriculum update for current medical students
Here’s a short and sweet version of the curriculum changes for the 2019-2020 academic year

Year 2 students:

  • 6-weeks for preparation and taking Step 1.
  • Blocks 7 and 8 assessment will occur in week 8.
  • CBSE exam will be the “gateway exam” into year 3 clerkships.
  • Clinical skills boot camp will be held in week 8 of Block 8.

Year 1 students:

  • The first 2-weeks of Blocks 2, 3, and 4 will have different scheduling than the rest of the block.
  • Each block includes an exam with questions from the medical examiners national database.
  • The lottery for campus location in years 3 and 4 and ROME will be in January 2020.
  • Electives in the summer of 2020 are required.

Minors on Campus Training

The SMHS Office of Student Affairs & Admissions will host a Minors on Campus training event on Monday, Sept. 16 at 4 p.m. in Room E101 (the Charles H. Fee, MD, Auditorium). This training is mandatory for all students who will participate in any functions involving minors on campus (e.g., the Teddy Bear Clinic).



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