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Town Hall MS2 - Shared screen with speaker view
Norma A. Perez, MD, DrPH
13:51
cannot hear you
Tyler Brehm
14:02
can hear you
Norma A. Perez, MD, DrPH
14:08
breaking up
Erica O
14:09
yes
Alexander Yu
14:22
no
Sama Elrahi
14:25
Nope
cinakarimaghaei
14:26
no
Olamma Abazie
14:26
no
Jessica Cruz
14:26
no
Cresencio Adame IV
14:26
no
Shaine LeGrand
14:28
No
Will Bomar
16:22
Prometric just announced (like today) closures through May 31st
Kristy Spicer
16:36
From a student who cannot attend: For the students in Houston/Tyler, what day will we need to be there by? I would like to know when I need to find a place and start my lease!
Sama Elrahi
21:39
I am not clear on how neurology clerkship is going to work? I see “Dedicated Neurology Clerkship Time” under the 6 weeks of Introduction to Clerkships and Clinical Skills Course. But then I also see neurology integrated with psychology during our actual clinical time.
CK
23:27
Do you all know if Step 1 is counted as ‘essential’? Prometric has closed through May 31 except for programs that are “essential workforce”
Omar Sahibzada
23:35
Is there an estimated release time for POM2 exam scores?
Matt Scholl
23:58
Will the internal medicine shelf be taken after the scheduled 6 week period? Or at some other time?
Katherine Ferry
24:07
So may days are canceled?
Tommy
24:51
as always, thank you for doing this for us. I have a few questions:how were the DHM final grades transformed?what will change for the GS final to prevent the issues from DHM?When will we be getting our POM final grades/why haven't we gotten them yet?
CK
24:52
So our May dates are canceled, the prometric site is literally overloaded (cannot reschedule) and for those who looked before this announcement, all places in Texas were full until after our new deadline from you all
Olamma Abazie
25:00
Some of us are having issues with rescheduling to a further date (before the June 26th deadline). Online there are no dates available. Any recommendations?
Kristy Spicer
26:50
Why is it bad for us to try to make logical decisions about how we think its best for us to test? Rather than getting to June and being told we need to reschedule, why not let us control our own situation?
Olamma Abazie
28:10
Do we need to contact if we are changing BEFORE June 26th?
Kristy Spicer
28:42
It is not clear to us. Some of us have gone about contacting the offices you have recommended and have felt like we do not have a say in our future.
Katie Mixon
29:04
Do y’all have a set cutoff score for this coming practice exam for continued monitoring?
Katherine Ferry
29:34
Do May test takers need to change our dates or is there any chance we will still be able to take it?
N. Miles Farr
30:12
katie the score and process is in the presentation sent out
Katie Mixon
30:53
I saw the score for the June practice exam but not for the practice exam this weekend, did I miss it?
Olamma Abazie
31:16
Katie, I believe that NBME21 score is on that presentation.
Katie Mixon
31:25
Thanks!
waleed
31:38
what is the plan if prometric closes june dates?
Olamma Abazie
32:10
^ Please can someone address this. The June tests.
Ibrahim
33:32
so the DHM grades are absolute raw scores?
Katherine Egger
34:39
I think they said the class grades themselves weren’t transformed (hence the mention of people losing points on midterm if the class was transformed)
Maddie Silva
34:40
I know many people had issues with the setup of the lab values at the top of the exam on the DHM final. It took a lot of time to scroll back and forth on the exam over and over again. Is there an alternative to the location of the lab values on the exam?
Kristy Spicer
37:18
Based on the powerpoint that was sent out, it seems like if we feel the need to push back our step date to within the 8/7 test date we would be missing either the 2 online electives or a nice long vacation that we can take for mental wellbeing. Why is it unreasonable for us to recognize how this virus has disrupted our step plan and ask that instead we use those 6 weeks to better prepare ourselves for this life changing test?
Olamma Abazie
37:46
Just for clarity, can someone clarify what the early June testers are supposed to do? The parametric website shows that no dates are open until end of July. However, the UTMB deadline is June 26th. So, what are we to do?
Chioma Onyejiaka
38:08
also, multiple part questions were separated which was confusing and caused for time to be lost rereading prompts
Hamza
38:14
Thank you to Dr. Karnath for making things easier for us during this time.
Ruth Levine
38:18
If you have a June test date, hold on to it
Alexander Yu
38:31
What about a may test date?
Sama Elrahi
38:58
I also believe that for an exam like DHM that has lots of heme, lab values are very necessary. I know I didn’t need to use lab values as much in MS1. Maybe that is why they didn’t have the same issues we did.
Ruth Levine
39:01
If you are cancelled, you have permission to move your test date. Please send us cancellation notice
CK
39:07
Thank you!!
Alexander Yu
39:08
ok thanks
Matthew Pecha
39:38
Is there any updated information about which online electives will be available in the new June and July blocks? Are all electives available to us which require no prerequisites?
Katherine Ferry
40:23
Is there any chance that May test takers will still take it in May?
Ruth Levine
40:44
Hard to know what prometric will do
waleed
41:24
we did not address the possibility of june tests being cancelled ?
Ruth Levine
41:57
Right now June dates are not cancelled, so please hold on to them.
Katherine Ferry
42:37
Are there other options to take Step 1 at other sites besides Prometric, because they just closed all testing centers through May 31st?
Ruth Levine
43:10
We do not know of any, although there is increasing pressure on the NBME to let that happen
Alexander Yu
43:23
sweet
Olamma Abazie
43:23
For those who asked about this weekend’s score “cutoff”. This is from the email sent PRIOR to COVID-19. “By mid-April, we recommend your goal should be to score at least a 194 on an NBME practice exam. This will allow you to use the dedicated study period to get you into the passing zone of 3 consecutive practice exams scores in the ≥ 207 range."
Hamza
45:14
😱
Alexander Yu
46:38
john why did you do that
JD
47:45
Can I and some of my dual degree colleagues move on to summer classes while we wait to take step 1? Sorry for moving my date so much :D
Olamma Abazie
47:57
What if we can’t take it somewhere else? We do not have the money or means to travel to another state to take an exam. I know this is a “IF” statement, but this should be kept in mind for those of us who are lower not the socioeconomic pole.
Olamma Abazie
48:19
*on
MS2
48:43
Olamma's earlier message about no June and July dates being available at prometric is a serious concern right now, especially for those in the "high risk" group; for an early June date with the NBME checkpoint assessment being as late as June 1st, this gives minimal time for students with a date in the first week or two of June to scramble to find later dates if necessary. I sincerely hope this will be addressed soon, and that admin will consider extending beyond the June 26th deadline to allow more flexibility.
Ruth Levine
49:02
If you need an increase in financial aid, please contact Carol Cromie
Olamma Abazie
52:05
With all due respect and deep humility, the movement of a test date to an out of state location includes factors more than money that could be given as a loan from financial aid. There are other factors (i.e. family responsibilities). I just want to submit that thought.
Ruth Levine
53:23
RE the question about the NBME checkpoint being in early June...if you find after the NBME checkpoint that you need more time we will let you take more time even moving your date into August.
Hamza
53:30
When would the CARES funding be disbursed?
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54:20
Why is our clinical skills course 6 weeks now instead of 1?
Matthew Pecha
55:24
Dr. Farr, is there any updated information about which online electives will be available in the new June and July blocks? Are all electives available to us which require no prerequisites, or will it be a new list?
Alexander Yu
56:16
Do we need to fill out anything for the new clerkships? Sorry, I'm going through the powerpoint right now
waleed
57:24
I previously tried asking this question but received no response. For those who did a surgery preceptorship last summer, does it count as a pre-req for surgery electives or A-I with pre-reqs?
Alexander Yu
57:32
thanks
Olamma Abazie
57:41
To my understanding, Dr. Woods, our mental health + concerns about social distancing during an early June date are NOT being taken into consideration. From what you have said, we can only reschedule past June 26th if we fail the practice exams or Prometric cancels. Correct?
waleed
58:27
Thank you
waleed
59:59
Along those lines Dr. Farr, some upper classmen recommend doing A/I's early for the purpose of building relationships, networking, and letters of rec. Any thoughts on this ?
Ruth Levine
01:00:29
Laura Nevarez keeps my calendar. When I try to do it myself I always overbook.
Katherine Egger
01:00:45
Does discussing rescheduling with y’all apply only to people needing to reschedule past the 26th or everyone?
Ruth Levine
01:00:59
409-772-1442 or lnevarez@utmb.edu
Norma A. Perez, MD, DrPH
01:01:23
Interested in scheduling an ASCC Appointment? Use our online booking link: https://bit.ly/asccappt
Ruth Levine
01:01:25
You only have to meet with us if you want to reschedule past the 26th
Norma A. Perez, MD, DrPH
01:01:57
Dr Perez can be reached at noaperez@utmb.edu
Alexander Yu
01:03:00
I
Alexander Yu
01:03:02
I
Ruth Levine
01:03:12
You can always email me
waleed
01:03:21
Thank you Dr. Farr
Kristy Spicer
01:03:56
Dr. Woods, in my perspective on these town halls you are making it sound like the administration is willing to work with us on rescheduling, but in my experience I have not received this opinion when I have worked with the team.
Kristy Spicer
01:04:34
Thank you.
Olamma Abazie
01:06:23
Thank you, Dr. Farr.
Tommy
01:08:08
during this 6 week class, can we have more of those simulation experiences in HEC where we ask specific questions and get the answers directly instead of the "what info would you want?" and not getting it until later if at all? or like that one TBL where we had a hyperlinked case? those experiences were awesome in my opinion
Tommy
01:09:05
thank you!
Olamma Abazie
01:10:17
If we had a May test date and can’t find a Texas seat until July (past the UTMB deadline), are we then forced to go out of state?
JD
01:10:30
Has there been any talk of Prometric cancelling all dates and re-assigning based on order of original test dates? I figured it might be unlikely, but thought I'd ask
Ruth Levine
01:10:45
If you have your test cancelled, you can schedule it any time before 8/7.
waleed
01:10:45
Where/when can we see the online elective schedule for july/august?
Olamma Abazie
01:12:34
That would seriously be amazing.
waleed
01:14:30
sorry I missed it earlier
waleed
01:14:32
Thanks
JD
01:15:31
Thank you all so much!!
Hamza
01:15:42
we really appreciate these meetings Dr. Woods!
Olamma Abazie
01:15:54
Thank you
Hamza
01:15:55
thank you all for arranging these
Omar Sahibzada
01:15:57
Thank you for your transparency during these frustrating times!
Bianca Uzoma
01:15:57
Thank you faculty a ton!
Alexander Yu
01:15:59
thank yall
CK
01:16:05
!!!
Megan Sweeney
01:16:06
Thank you!
Kristy Spicer
01:16:12
thank you for your assistance with this time
Daniel Bradford
01:16:19
Thank you for keeping us on track, even with the reduced hours!
Sama Elrahi
01:16:19
Thank you guys!
Jordan Spaude
01:16:23
Thanks so much for your time!
hola
01:16:24
anyone know where to get the recording of this meeting?
Jessica Cruz
01:16:24
Thank you to everyone that is working so hard for us during this stressful time!
Amir Ali
01:16:32
Thank you!
Tommy
01:16:39
thanks !