Student Announcements 01/26 – 02/01

1. Student Run Homeless Clinics (L3s and L4s)

Hey L3s and L4s,


Every year, the LSU Student-Run Homeless Clinics rely on third and fourth year medical students to operate. If you’d like to volunteer, please use this link to sign up for Thursday clinics at the New Orleans Mission or Saturday clinics at Ozanam Inn. Our primary concern right now is scheduling volunteers for this week, however you can go ahead and sign up for any future clinics this semester if you’d like. You do NOT have to have previously volunteered at either of the SRHCs to volunteer now. Feel free to contact us at the emails below with any questions about the clinics.

Thank you,
Olivia Sturm, OI Clinic Director
Colton Walker, NOM Clinic Director

2. Cancer Resource Room

Volunteers needed in the ILH Cancer Resource Room!

Interested in earning CSE hours while serving as a resource for cancer patients? Consider volunteering in the Cancer Resource Room at ILH! For more information, please contact Vil V (

Sign up link: CRR Sign Up

3. ENT Cancer Buddies Program

Looking for a way to get more involved with ENT patient care? Need research for your resume?
Cancer buddies is a program which pairs one upper level student and one lower level student with a patient currently undergoing treatment for a head and neck cancer. We will be starting to pair volunteers with their buddy early 2015.
What it entails:
Each volunteer must call and check in with their cancer buddy one time weekly (2 calls/wk). Volunteers call their buddy over the course of their cancer treatments, usually approx 8-12 weeks. The purpose is two fold. Many of our patients lack social support and most have a poor understanding of what is going to happen throughout their treatment. The first goal is to improve the quality of life of a cancer patient, by providing them with a “buddy” who can be a resource when they have a question or problem. The second goal is to improve the quality of treatment by ensuring that they attend appointments, perform necessary home care and have quick resolution by getting in contact with LSU physicians with any problems they encounter.
Why participate!
This is a VERY rewarding program both for the cancer patient and their student “buddy.” This is a great opportunity to get more involved in patient care in pre-clinical/clinical years and to get research for your resume. Currently getting approved for SLE hours as well. Please consider the time commitment and obligation of weekly phone calls before deciding to volunteer, typically takes approx 1 hour or less per week. You are in no way responsible for giving patients medical advice, and all medical questions/concerns will be passed on to LSU physicians.
If interested or have questions about the program
Email Anne Kane (PGY-1) at

4. GHHS Student of the Month (link exp. 01/31)

Dear Student Doctors,

Congratulations to the students recognized as December’s Students of the Month. The Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) wants to continue to give students a chance to honor their peers through the ‘Student of the Month’ award. The idea behind this monthly award is to highlight students who go above and beyond the call of a medical student whilst embodying the ideals that serve as the foundation of GHHS. Some of these principals include respect, integrity, compassion, and empathy; all together these qualities shape a medical student into a role models for humanistic care.

Each student can fill out a SurveyMonkey nominating peers at ANY class level who stand out through their actions. Two students from each class will be selected every month and nominations from previous months will remain in the selection process for several rotations. This is not about the quantity of votes but rather the quality of each vote. One well thought out vote will be weighted more than how many votes a person accumulates, so make sure to include a few lines about why this person should be recognized in the survey.

Here is a link to the survey, which will be open until the end of the day January 31st. So if you see a classmate doing something great this month, nominate them using the following link:

To promote the idea of appreciating students who normally fly under the radar or have not been recognized for their work in the past, prior winners and GHHS elected members along with elected RISE representatives will be excluded from selection. For a list of the GHHS/RISE members visit: .

Please contact Abhita Reddy (, Katie Melder ( Spud Induru ( or Jeffrey Cardinale ( with any questions.


5. Camp Tiger Counselor Testaments

Camp Tiger is gathering counselor testaments to include on Camp Tiger informational material and would like to include a few testaments from previous years. If anyone would like to submit a sentence (or a few) about their awesome experience as a Camp Tiger counselor to me (Trey Schwartzenburg –, it would be greatly appreciated! This does not have to be long or elaborate at all, just something to show incoming L1s how great an experience Camp Tiger was for you personally.

On that note if you know any newly accepted students, please encourage them to be a counselor this year! Dates are May 17th-22nd.

Thanks so much for your help!

Trey Schwartzenburg
Incoming L1 Representative – Camp Tiger 2015

6. ACP Essay Contest Announcement

Hello Everyone,

Every year ACP does an essay contest for medical students giving them a chance to reflect upon their meaningful experiences in medical school. This year the essay contest topics were left broad intentionally to give all medical students chance to contribute. The deadline to submit the essay for this year is January 30th. The winner of the contest gets their essay published in ACP Louisiana chapter journal (Quick and easy way to pick up a line or two on your CVs!).

For this year’s essay contest choose from one of the following topics:

1. What single characteristic of your internal medicine mentors do you want to emulate most and why? (Please do NOT include actual names). or
2. What was the most important thing you learned from your patients during your internal medicine clerkship? or
3. What is the future of healthcare in the United States?

Submit your essay between 800-1000 words via a word document or PDF to Kristin Tschirn,, and be sure to include your name, email, institution, and year in medical school on the document.

Thank you and we hope to see some outstanding essays at the end of the month!

Manu Mysore and Gaurav Shah

7. Students Interested in Primary Care / Innovation in Medicine

Iora Health, a physician group that has one of the leading models for primary care innovation anywhere, is doing some travelling, meet n’ greets, and potentially giving talks in New Orleans the weekend of 2/6 – 2/9 (weekend before Mardi Gras–I tried to convince them to do otherwise but no luck there). They’d like to meet any LSU medical student interested in primary care, or in health care delivery innovation, and are all fantastic people. Here’s there website (, and please email Jake Quinton ( for more information as plans solidify!

8. CSE Opportunity at Lighthouse Louisiana

Hello again—- Please join me again at the Lighthouse Louisiana to participate in small group sessions with visually impaired patients on Wednesday, February 4th 8:45 am to noon.  These sessions will focus on topics such as independent living skills for visually impaired patients or social/craft classes with visually impaired patients.  In case you haven’t heard of Lighthouse Louisiana, it is an amazing organization that provides services and support to vision-impaired and hearing-impaired members of the community.  This is a remarkable opportunity to help increase awareness of visual impairments (especially for anyone interested in Ophthalmology, Medicine, Nursing or Allied Health Profession). Please feel free to contact me with any questions: Marie D. Acierno, M.D. I hope you can join me.

Summary:  CSE credit for small group sessions at Lighthouse Louisiana (123 State Street) next session February 4th. Please contact me by email and let me know if you will be able to attend. This will be a monthly event posted for CSE.

Thanks so much!

9. Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Application due February 1, 2015

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship is accepting applications for 2015-2016 Fellows. Students enrolled in a New Orleans degree-granting graduate program in any field may apply.

Please visit to learn more. Applications must be submitted online by 5pm on February 1, 2015. 

10. Volunteer Opportunity: NOAHRP

  • Who: Interprofessional teams of LSUHSC health professional students
  • What: 10 (30 min) lessons on comprehensive sex ed
  • When: 1 day/wk afternoons Late Feb – May (teaching days/times TBD)
  • Where: Carver Prep (9-12) & Sci Academy (9 only)

Volunteer Interest Meetings – TBD 1st wk February

Volunteer Trainings – After Mardi Gras

Incentives – SLE Credit (Medicine), SNA Credit (Nursing), Volunteer Hours (Public Health), credit for Allied Health in progress

More Info: Danielle Stewart (LSU Senior Nursing – Kelsey Hundley (LSU SOM L3 –

New Orleans Adolescent Reproductive Health Project (NOARHP): The mission of NOARHP is to ensure that all Orleans Parish public high-school students will have access to age-appropriate, evidence-based, culturally sensitive and comprehensive reproductive health education, leading to safer, more responsible reproductive health decisions. NOARHP involves inteprofessional teams of LSUHSC-NO students going into New Orleans-area high schools to teach a 10-lesson reproductive health course aligned to CDC standards. Additionally, it provides a free, confidential STI screening program in conjunction with their curriculum provided by LSUHSC-NO physicians and residents. NOARHP has been 100% student-led and student-designed since its inception in 2011, including all curriculum development, curriculum implementation, and project expansion, and is led by an interprofessional student board chaired by Danielle Stewart (LSU Senior Nursing – and Kelsey Hundley (LSU SOM L3 –

11. Psychiatry Interest Group Meeting 02/04

Psychiatry Interest Group is joining LSUHSC!

Out first meeting will be on Wednesday, February 4th, at noon. We are still figuring out the location and will update you this week.

Our first guest is Dr. Conrad, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at LSUHSC, program director for Psychiatry Residency and Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship.

Please, contact Slavic Fedorchenco ( if you have any questions.

12. HOIG Meeting 01/29

Hey everybody!

We have our first of three meetings this semester coming up on Thursday, January 29th in MEB lecture room B. It will be with one or more Pediatric Oncologists from Children’s Hospital, depending on who can make it that day. They’ll speak on the field of Pediatric Oncology, describe the lifestyle, map out the residency and fellowships, and of course answer any questions you might have. Food and drink will be provided for dues paying members.

If yo have not paid dues please put $20 in John Paul Grenier’s folder. Please make the checks out to HOIG or put $20 cash in an envelope labeled with your name on it. Once again, this will get you the food at the next three meetings and a t-shirt.

Anand Kanwar
LSUHSC Class of 2017
Hematology/Oncology Interest Group Secretary

13. Students for Technology in Medicine (STIM) Meeting

The Students for Technology In Medicine (STIM) interest group will be hosting its first meeting at 12pm on Wednesday, January 28th in MEB seminar room 5.  STIM is a new organization with a focus on providing educational and networking opportunities for students who are interested in the field of biotechnology as it relates to the practice of medicine.  We will be discussing a few ideas for organizational activities, and hosting Dr. Vinod Dasa, an orthopedic surgeon here at LSU.  Dr. Dasa will be speaking to us about his clinical experiences, and how he has seen exciting advancements in technology influence the field.  The meeting is open to the public, no dues will be collected at this time.

Please contact Vik Singh ( or Katelyn Gurley ( with any questions.


We’re starting a Medical Students for Choice Chapter at LSU and want you to get involved in shaping the group if you’re interested! (

We’re holding our introductory meeting this Thursday the 29th at 12 pm to talk about what MSFC is, why we are starting a chapter and to plan for the coming semester and the coming year. As we’re just getting started we’re looking for interested L1s who are interested in leadership positions with the interest group.

The room is TBD, so please RSVP if you can or can’t make the meeting or to get on our e-mail for updates:

Contact Rose Bissonnette ( and Meliss Cochran ( with any questions.

Please send all announcements to by Friday at 5:00pm