Hey hey, NJMS!
Here are the top updates from the last
Student Council Meeting!
What is Med-Peds?
Learn about the newest student organization on campus,
the Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Interest Group!
That's a Lot of Letters...
Read more on the letter-writing campaign
to fight future increases in tuition!
Glug, Glug, Glug!
Get details on Charity Water, the Student Council
charity choice for 2010-2011!
****NJMS Student Council Meeting****
Monday, July 19, 2010, 6:00pm
Present: R. Chadha, N. Kaushal, R. Malapero, A. Ganza, C. White, M. Moralle, R. Schmidt, N. Chan, E.
Concepcion, A. Husain, A. Ward, M. Gross, T. Cusack, R. Sarkar, N. Chiu, S. Chu, M. Klein, A. Nguyen, L.
Flowers, A. Collins
Absent: R. Ramsook, J. Hashem, B. Fan, A. Meleis
I. New Business
a. New Med-Peds Interest Group - MPIG:
Congratulations to the newest club on campus, the Med-Peds Interest Group (MPIG)! Under the
direction of Dr. Mary Cantey (Director of the NJMS Department of Internal Medicine-Pediatrics), this group
will explore the emerging field of Internal Medicine-Pediatrics, including lectures on business management
of a primary care office under new reforms, or how to be competitive for a sub-specialty. It will also aim to
provide interactions between medical students and med-peds physicians, as well as community involvement
with both children and the elderly.
b. Reduction of Library Hours Follow-Up:
Thank you for all of your responses to the survey regarding the reduction in Library hours! We have
compiled a report based on your comments and have submitted it to the powers-that-be. Look for more
updates soon on whether there will be any resulting changes!
c. Tuition Increase Follow-Up:
Unfortunately, most of you know that our tuition was raised by 18% this year (21% for out-of-state
students...ouch). While we could not prevent the increase this year, we are hoping to make an impact on this
kind of decision in the future. A huge "THANK YOU" goes out to everyone who who took part in the letter-
writing campaign to our NJ State Legislators! We have sent 365 letters to various state senators to
date, and some students have even received mail in reply.
If you have participated in the capaign and have received a letter in response, please let us know and, if
possible, leave a copy of the letter in Ryan Chadha's on-campus mailbox. This will allow us to keep track and
focus our future efforts.
If you have yet to take part in the letter-writing initiative and would still like to (*cough cough FIRST YEARS
cough*), please e-mail us with your home address (or voting distric residence) and permission to send
a letter with your name on it. You can find a copy of the letter attached to this e-mail. We will look up
your legislator, fill out the letter with your name, pay for postage, and mail the letter!
Although we have had a wonderful response so far, we need all of NJMS to be involved, so please spread
the word to everyone you know, especially if they ignore their e-mails!
d. Financial Aid Office Issues Follow-Up:
Student Council has met with several Financial Aid Office representatives regarding students'
problems/issues with the Financial Aid process, access to Financial Aid counselors and the office, and
concerns about the Financial Aid process in the upcoming years. The Financial Aid Office was very
responsive to our concerns, and is willing to meet with us again to discuss any future issues.
One major concern has been that students do not know who their counselors are, nor how to get in touch
with them - Financial Aid has asked us to tell you that you can always e-mail the main financial
aid address. You should receive a response from your personal counselor within 48 hours!
However, we have heard of continuing problems in communicating with Financial Aid, especially when it
comes to adjusting your current or past loan situations. It is imperative that if you are having difficulties
working with the office that you contact us, so that Student Council can inform the appropriate individuals
in the administration. If this applies to you, please e-mail us the following:
1.) Which individual you were attempting to work with in Financial Aid
2.) The SPECIFIC nature of the complaint (lack of response, misinformation, rudeness/attitude of
3.) Was the issue ever resolved? If so, through what channels?
Please note that all of your names will be kept confidential when the information is presented. Please respond to
this ASAP, as it will help to move our efforts in the right direction.
e. Study Center Cleanliness/Repair Follow-Up:
In response to your complaints about the cleanliness of the Study Center, Student Council consulted with the
proper administration - in response, the carpet has been cleaned, the computers have been cleaned and
made faster by IT, and the overall appearance of the Study Center has been improved! Please let us know if
you notice a lack of cleanliness or have other issues with the state of the Study Center in the future.
f. Assistant Dean of Student Affairs:
Congratulations to Dr. James Hill, the new Assistant Dean of Student Affairs!
g. Charity Choice for the Year - Charity Water:
Student Council will be endorsing Charity Water (http://www.charitywater.org/donate) as NJMS's
universal charity for the 2010-2011 school year! Please note that this does not intend to take away from
regular fundraising or charity activities of the student organizations, but rather should serve as a suggested
charity for the student organizations who want to be involved in charitable contributions and have not yet
established a charitable affiliation.
Although more details need to be hashed out, we will be sponsoring a well with clean drinking water for a
village, then watching the progress with live updates, google earth images, and videos/pictures. Thanks
to Sam Chu for this suggestion!
II. President's Report: Ryan Chadha, MS IV
a. Subcommittee Updates:
-Campus Beautification: After a long and arduous process, the Library Walkway has finally been
repaired and repaved!! Special thanks to Samuel Chu and Thomas Cusack for their hard work in making
1.) The SFHCC is now officially 2.0! This means that things are automated, and a lot faster. Special
thanks to Mike Klein for his work on this technology update!
2.) THM has been re-designed and was re-launched just in time for Orientation. Special thanks to
web-design-guru David Chen for all of his hard work!
3.) PLEASE USE THE BOOKSWAP AND CLASSIFIED SECTIONS FOR ALL SALES! To all of the
first years: please take a look at the book swap section on THM - it is a great place to find whatever
b. Safety Update:
There is not much going on in terms of new public safety concerns. Please let us know if you notice anything
on campus that you would like to be brought up by our Safety Liaisons.
c. Marketing Liaison Update:
The admissions website has been tremendously improved - it now includes statistics on last year's class, as
well as the match results for the past three years. Not only does it have a much nicer look, but it gives NJMS
much more transparency.
As many of you have read in Sam Chu's e-mail, you should take a few minutes to check out the Newark Pulse
Website. The site has information on Dining, Nightlife, Daily Drink and Food Specials, Recreation, and
community Events going on in Newark. YOu can also sign up to receive weekly emails and follow them
on Twitter and Facebook!
c. Alumni Liaison Update:
Last year's mascot contest resulted in the selection of the "NJMS Centaurs," but this has been vetoed by
So, Ali Husain and Mike Gross have taken charge of getting new mascot suggestions, and the 10-day
voting period for the new oficial NJMS mascot ends tonight! The finalists are:
-Mighty Docs: Similar to the mighty ducks' logo
-Doctoros: A fierce bull or stampede of bulls
-Doctopi: A mean-looking octopus with or without medical instruments held in its tentacles
-Circumflexors: A picture of the heart with the circumflex artery in its correct anatomical position
but taking the shape of a flexing muscular arm
-There is also an option to select none of the above. If this gets the most votes, we will go back to
the drawing board to try and think of some more ideas.
Please sign in to sign in to catalyst to vote by the end of tonight!
d. Student Council Office:
The code to the Student Council/SHARE office has been changed - the office was becoming more of a storage
room, and too many people knew the access code for it to remain a safe location for SHARE/Student Council
property. If you are a member of the Student Council or SHARE executive boards and need the new code,
please contact us. However, please keep the code to yourself in order to maintain the security of the
III. Vice President's Report: Neil Kaushal, MS III
a. Faculty Council:
On June 8th the Faculty Council voted to change the NJMS Standards of Professionalism Policy. It is
strongly recommended that every student review this new policy (you can find it attached to this e-mail).
The most significant change int he policy is that it is now developmental in focus, with the possibility for
different consequences for unprofessional behavior over the span of the four years of medical school. If you
have any questions or concerns regarding these changes, please contact Dr. Hill via email or telephone (973-
a. Curriculum Report:
- 2nd-Year Curriculum: The new director for the DPPT course is Dr. Sangeeta Lamba! Core 2 was
reviewed, and although students did well, some of the sites for 2nd-year preceptorships will be refined to
move more towards a standardized experience.
- Clinical Curriculum Report: There are talks of trying to incorporate a T3 course, as well as changing
around meditrek to make it more student-friendly.
If you have any issues you would like Student Council to address from a curriculum perspective, please e-
IV. Treasurer's Report: Ray Malapero, MS III
We will be having the Fiscal Year Hearings for 2010-2011 in late September/early October - be on the
lookout for an e-mail from Ray explaining the procedures!
V. Student Senate Report
The Student Senate has been winning small battles regarding the Academic Disciplinary Procedures for the
University. Keep your eyes open for e-mails from the senate and how to get involved.
VI. Programming Report
Orientation for the Class of 2014 was a huge success! Congratulations to Richard Schmidt and Andrew
Nguyen for running one heck of a week. Special thanks to all of the Second Years who participated and
helped out with the various events.
Be on the lookout for e-mails soon regarding upcoming social events, including the Fall Formal!
VII. Fundraising Report
The fundraising chairs are trying to think up new items for the School Store! These could include Nalgene
water bottles, under-armor, car magnets, chip-bag clips, etc. We need your help! If you have any ideas for
what you would like to see sold in the School Store, please contact Ryan Ramsook and Bensen Fan!
VI. Class Reports
a. Class of 2011:
Some fourth-years have voiced concern about their CV's, including not knowing what to put on them or who
to ask to review them. We are looking into compiling a list of faculty from each department who would be
willing to review.
b. Class of 2012:
Congratulations to everyone who received their board scores. If you would like to know more about what
your numbers mean, talk with student affairs. One of your best resources is ythe database concerning
specifics of each specialty - talk to Julie Ferguson or Marcia Tabakin for access to the database. Another
concern was that people do not know what to do about electives - for now, the best thing to do is e-mail
upperclassmen and the 4th year student council representatives for advice.
c. Class of 2013:
Thanks again to everyone who participated in this year's Orientation Week. Good luck on your first IHR
exam this Monday!
The next Student Council meeting will take place on
Monday, August 30th from 6-9pm in MSB B-617.
All are welcome to attend!
If you have any items to add to the agenda, please e-mail email@example.com.
Questions, Comments, Ideas? Let me know!