Student Announcements 12/15 – 12/21

1. 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

2. Volunteers needed for Proteges Careers in Medicine Workshop

Volunteers needed for Careers in Medicine Workshop for the L1s on January 12 from 1:30 to 3:30. SLE hours will be awarded!!

You will help facilitate small group discussions: L1 preceptorship experiences, career planning, answer L1 questions etc.  This will be an opportunity for you to share your experiences in clinical medicine and help them understand how you decided your specialty.

Below is a link to a survey monkey.  Please fill out your name and year in school.  You will see several lines for your specialty.  For the 3rd years please put what you think you might be interested in if there are several specialties you are still considering.  For the 4th years, please put what you are planning on matching into and also what you eventually want to specialize in.  For example, 1) Internal Medicine 2) Cardiology 3) Hem/Onc 4) GI etc. This will help us decide your small group placement.  Ideally we would like for the 3rd years to be placed with their SPM groups and their houses, but that will depend on the response from the survey.

If you have any questions about the workshop or your role in the event, please email me.


Matt Berlinger
LSUHSC-NO School of Medicine
Careers in Medicine Chair, Protégés

3. ETHIKOS Winter Clothes and Blanket Drive

Fellow students, ETHIKOS is holding a winter clothes and blanket drive for homeless members of our community who are visitors of the Harry Tompson Center (right next to campus). While we are often quick to complain about our frigid 2 minute walk from our warm and cozy car to school, it is important for us to remember that some of our neighbors are left to fight the cold most nights of the week. There is a great need for winter clothing (jackets, pants, sweaters, socks, gloves, and hats) and blankets for our homeless neighbors.  A gift so simple as a blanket has the capability to make a real difference. Please consider donating to this cause, and feel free to spread the word. We will be collecting items in boxes located in lecture halls A and B in the MEB until December 16th. See the attached flyer for more details.

4. 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, January 7th.  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. or my secretary Ms. Brenda Fields 225-768-5820.

I hope you can join me.

Summary:  CSE credit for small group sessions at Lighthouse Louisiana (123 State Street) next session January 7th. Please contact me by email and let me know if you will be able to attend by Jan 5th. This will be a monthly event posted for CSE.

Thanks so much!

5. Tiger Doc Table Talk

Hello everyone!

Kacie and I wanted to invite you all to be a part of the second annual Tiger Doc Table Talk, being put on by the student group Protégés. We want to give everyone some information now for you to keep a look-out in the near future.

The goal of this Tiger Doc Table Talk is to connect doctors of the past, present, and future to facilitate the trickle down of information and knowledge. The idea is to have faculty and alumni host dinners for current LSU medical students.

This will be an opportunity for students to ask questions about a physician’s career and life overall, and also this will be a chance for you to hear about various experiences, successes, and stories as well as to connect with physicians in particular fields of interest. We think it will be a great opportunity for current students to learn from those who have graduated before them. Perhaps, they can learn more about a specialty they are interested in or about the gratifying moments of being a doctor.

We have set the dates for the event:

January 13, 14, 15

January 20, 21, 22

You will receive an email on December 22, from us with a full list of physicians who are hosting dinners, their quick biographies, as well as the date, place, and time for the dinner. This will allow for you to spend some time over break to read over their bios and decide which dinner you wish to attend.

Once we return from break, a sign-up genius will be sent out on January 6th, for you to sign-up to attend a dinner. The order of precedence was decided based on who will benefit most from this event. It will first be opened to the L3 class, followed by the L2 class, and finally L1/L4 will be able to sign up. Please be aware that the sign-ups will be first come, first serve, so if you are really interested in one of the dinners, sign-up quickly. Be mindful that, you are only allowed to sign up for one dinner, so everyone can get the most out of this experience.

Tiger Doc Table Talk dinners will be held in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge areas. Please take note of this when reading the bios, and only plan to sign up if you are willing to go to the location. Dinners will last approximately 2 hours and will have between 5-10 students in attendance at each.

Keep your eyes peeled for the email with the bios, and if you have any further questions, feel free to email myself (kella1) or Kacie Stewart (kstew7) with any questions.


Karolina Ellard and Kacie Stewart

6. 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

7. SIPS T-Shirt Announcement

Hello everyone!

We are now taking orders for Students Interested in Pathology Specialties (SIPS) Shirts!

The organs are word clouds with various anatomy and pathology terms for the respective organ, and you do not have to be a SIPS member to purchase.

Prices are

$15 for small, medium, large, and XL.

$17.00 for 2XL-5XL.

If you would like to order, please give a Check made out to “CASH” to either Tricia Rood (L2,, Sarah Qayum (L3,, or Rebecca Pistorius (L4,  Please write the size and class level on the memo line of the check!!

If you prefer cash, please include the size, your name, and class level on a piece of paper.

**If you are unable to give your payment directly to the SIPS officers, you may place it in an envelope and put it in Dr. McGoey’s mailbox in the pathology office on the 5th floor of the MEB between 7:30am and 4:00pm M-F.  A receptionist can direct you.  Please DO NOT leave any payments in the folders on the first floor of the MEB.**



8. GHHS Student of the Month

Congratulations to the students recognized as September’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 December 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 Serena Murphy ( Katie Melder ( Spud Induru ( or Jeffrey Cardinale ( with any questions.


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