Announcements (2/12-2/18)

Below are your Weekly Announcements:
1. SNMA Documentary & Webinar – 2/13
2. Students Advocating for Medical Equity (SAME) – 2/13
3. Orthopedic Surgery (OSIG) – 2/14
4. Business in Medicine (BiM) – 2/15
5. SGA Meeting – 2/15
6. Christian Medical Dental Association (CMDA) – 2/17
7. New Orleans Medical Innovators (NOMI) – 2/18
8. IPSA – 2/21
9. Infectious Disease (IDIG) – 2/21
10. Alcohol Server Training – 2/23
11. SIGMA 
12. Asian American Survey
13. GHHS
14. SRHC
15. Cancer Resource Room


Flash Fact: Dr. Levi Watkins, Jr.
Dr. Watkins was a cardiac surgeon who successfully performed the first implantation of an automatic defibrillator in a human patient in 1980. He became the first African American to enter and graduate (1970) from Vanderbilt School of Medicine in Nashville. Dr. Watkins also became the first black intern at Johns Hopkins University Medical School. He performed breakthrough research into the role of the renin angiotensin system in congestive heart failure at Harvard Medical School in 1973-1975. When he returned to Johns Hopkins in 1975, he became the first black chief resident in cardiac surgery.
Source: The New York Times and
Please join SNMA in our upcoming events as we celebrate Black History Month.
13th Documentary
Monday, February 13th at 5p-6:40p
13th is a 2016 American documentary by director Ava DuVernay. Centered on race in the United States criminal justice system, the film is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which outlawed slavery (unless as punishment for a crime). DuVernay’s documentary argues that slavery is being effectively perpetuated through mass incarceration. 13th has garnered acclaim from film critics, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Oscars.
Monday, February 13th at 7 pm
Students for a National Health Program (SNaHP) and SNMA will be hosting a viewing of a webinar organized by the Physicians for National Health Program and Whites Coats for Black Lives. Professor Vernellia Randell, author of Dying While Black, will discuss the intersection of healthcare, racism and single payer.
Please join us for the webinar from 7 pm-8 pm followed by a discussion.
For more information email Justin McKone, or visit
African Dance Class
Donations for this event will be accepted. Donations will go toward our 1st Annual Community Service Event- a health fair for the formerly incarcerated citizens of New Orleans scheduled for March 4th. Formerly incarcerated individuals face some of the greatest health care disparities.


Are you interested in advocating for equity and diversity at LSU School of Medicine? If so, join Students Advocating for Medical Equity (SAME) at our first general meeting on Monday, February 13th in MEB S14.
SAME is a new organization that aims to address issues of diversity at all levels of our school, including admissions, curriculum and faculty development, and to prepare students to be compassionate and culturally competent physicians.
We need YOU to achieve our mission! Let’s make our voices stronger together to create a lasting and meaningful impact at LSU!


OSIG will be having a meeting on February 14th at noon in MEB Lecture Hall B.

4. Business in Medicine

The next Business in Medicine meeting will be on Wednesday, Feb 15th at noon in Lecture Hall A. Our speaker will be Dr. Karlin, a surgeon in private practice here in New Orleans, who will speak on the pros of going into private practice, work life balance, how difficult it is to manage a practice vs hospital based employment, and answer any questions we may have. As always no dues, and feel free to bring your lunch. Hope to see you all there!

5. SGA Meeting

The second SGA Meeting of the semester will be held on Wednesday, February 15th at 5:30pm in MEB S4. Each organization should send one representative to the meeting.
If there are any issues you would like discussed at the meeting, please let any officer know.

CMDA will be having a meeting on Friday February 17th at 12pm in S15. We will be hearing from Dr. Heffernan, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Children’s Hospital!
Food is free for EVERYONE!
Please fill out this survey if you plan on attending!
Tucker Doiron
CMDA President

The New Orleans Medical Innovators (NOMI), a new IPSA organization founded this academic year, is holding aDesign Workshop on Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 9:30am – 1:30pm. LSUHSC students and faculty will collaborate and solve clinical problems in the New Orleans area. We’ve invited Dr. Lars Gilbertson, Professor Practice in Tulane University’s School of Science and Engineering to lead this design workshop. During the workshop, you’ll get an introduction to design thinking and work in a team to innovate around this workshop’s focused clinical problem. Participants will leave with a working project and the ability to apply this design methodology to any number of clinical problems they encounter in their careers. There are a limited number of spots so fill out this form to sign up!
Once you fill out the form, we’ll send an email a couple days before the event to let you know the location!
Lunch will be provided!
Email David Yang at if you have any questions!


IPSA will be holding its next workshop on giving and receiving feedback on Tuesday, February 21 from 6-8 p.m at the Dental SchoolIf you have participated in this workshop in the past, know that we will have all new faculty facilitators and scenarios. Come out for a fun interactive session with students and faculty from different schools before you go off for Mardi Gras break. Dinner will be provided. This event is 2 IPSA hours and will count toward the new IPSA Award of Interprofessional Distinction. Below is the link to RSVP:


IDIG Journal Club – 2/21 @ noon in S14
Please join us for the next IDIG Journal Club. We’ll be joined by Dr. Laura Damioli, a second year fellow in the ID Fellowship at LSU who will talk about how to present a paper in a journal club successfully. The paper can be found here – .Everyone is welcome to join us and all IDIG dues paying members will earn SLE hours for attending 

10. Alcohol Server Training

Hello – Campus Assistance Program is holding an Alcohol Server’s Training on Thursday February 23, 2017, in MEB Seminar Room 14, 12:00p – 2:30p.  In accordance with the LSUHSC Responsible Use of Alcohol Policy, if you plan to serve alcohol at a university function, you’ll need to use an individual who has undergone approved server’s training or a caterer.  These trainings are open to all RESIDENTS, STUDENTS, STAFF, and FACULTY – please forward or share this information as appropriate.

You must be registered for a class in order to attend.  You can request a registration form by calling the Campus Assistance Program at (504) 568-8888.  Class size is limited so please submit your registration as soon as possible if you are interested.  Any additional questions can be directed to the same phone number.



SIGMA is getting ready to print our club t-shirts [Design – ]. For that we need all current members to pay their dues and give us their sizes. You can check if you are a dues paying member and mark down your size here – form closes February 15 at 5PM. Please get your responses in by next week if you’d like a shirt. If there’s any questions contact the SIGMA Treasurer Nazary Nebeluk at

12. Asian American Survey

Hey guys, I’m conducting a research study to learn about the prevalence of mental health among Asian American Medical Students. If you are a current medical student that identifies as Asian or Asian American, please fill out this survey! It’s a really quick survey that only takes 5 to 10 minutes and is completely anonymous. Here’s the survey link:
He’s had some questions on who meets the study criteria so here’s some information that he included: “the criteria for this study is identifying as 1) Asian or Asian American and being a 2) medical student. We have listed Asian / Asian American as Bangladeshi, Burmese, Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Hmong, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Pakistani, Taiwanese, Thai, or Vietnamese. We have also included an “Other (please specify)” box because I am confident we didn’t include every population in this list.

13. GHHS

Please use the survey link below to nominate up to two medical students who embody the ideals of integrity, service, respect, and empathy. Members of the Gold Humanism Honor Society will then vote among the nominees to select two students from each class as Students of the Month. This is a great way to recognize classmates who go above and beyond! Email Julie at for any questions or problems.

14. SRHC

Hey L3s and L4s,
Every year, the LSU Student-Run Homeless Clinics rely on third and fourth year medical students to operate. Starting this semester, we have officially changed the New Orleans Mission clinics to Saturdays instead of Thursdays. Ozanam Inn clinics are still on Saturdays from 10am-2pm. New Orleans Mission clinics will now be on Saturdays from 1-4pm. If you have already signed up for a Thursday clinic this semester, we apologize for the inconvenience. If you’d like to volunteer, please use this link to sign up. 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,
Heather Valdin, Ozanam Inn Clinic Director (
Max Musharoff, New Orleans Mission Director (

15. Cancer Resource Room

Please sign up to be a volunteer for the Cancer Resource Room! (SLE approved!)
For more information, contact Katy Olivier –

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