Tracy Feazel

Tuesday

(10/29/19)

October 29th, 2019

 

Tracy Feazel

Volunteer Director at Sparrow Hospital 

 

**look for email from us with link to application**

 

Apply to become an Adult Volunteer with Sparrow:

*serve between 2 to 4 times a month & shifts range from 2 to 4 hours

*day, evening & weekend roles offered

*if enrolled in college or university follow to college process to apply to volunteer

*volunteer for 1 semester in a 12 month period DO NOT need to reapply & interview – receive email

*#1 bus goes straight to Sparrow – Student Services building will give you free tokens to ride

 

Sparrow History:

*back in 1896 had to go to local jail for medical care if you did not have health care

*114 women found this unacceptable & each donated $5 to start city hospital

*” Women’s Board of Control” did everything from starting a nursing school, to hiring, to cooking & cleaning & all as volunteered

*1899 donation from Edward W. Sparrow

*hospital has never closed its doors for 123 years 

 

Different opportunities & what to expect:

*volunteering in ER

            -4 hr. shift 1x per week

            -multiple volunteers per shift

            -patient rounds (not medical)

            -nurses will ask for help

            -escort visitors

            -trash removal

            -helped w/ splinting & casting bones

*volunteering on mother/baby unit:

            -3 hr. shift 1x per week

            -make folders, tour bags & take-home bags that go out to new mothers

            -trash removal

            -help discharge patients

            -help set up rooms

            -round on patients

            -eye witness & honor walk for a 4-year-old little boy (about to donate organs)

*volunteering on escort department:

            -discharge patients from all around the hospital

            -last face those patients see at Sparrow

            -help visitors that come in

            -trash removal

*volunteering environmental department: (EVS Department)

            -2 hr. 1x per week

            -very personal experience w/ patients (given 1 or 2 floors to round)

            -patients will confide things in you they won’t tell provider

            -conversing with patients

*volunteering on Cardiac floor:

            -round & ask if need anything to comfort them

            -restock blankets, clean counter, etc. & make nurses’ lives easier

            -talking with patients is amazing

            -getting patients to open up can turn their day around

            -helps with connections for internships, shadowing & medical school

*general questions:

            -how many volunteers do you work with?

                        >depends on when & where you volunteer

                        >weekdays have more high schoolers

                        >rounding is generally alone

                        >escort is about 2 people

                        >can work in groups if you request

            -how do you become a student coordinator?

                        >volunteer in that department for a semester

                        >application sent out in the spring (right before or after spring break)

                        >tough interviews, etc. to be chosen

                        >as a coordinator you can give interviews & gain experience in that sense

            -what made you want to volunteer in a specific department?

                        >are very similar & worthwhile

                        >some choose based on future plans

                        >sometimes get placed based on need, time commitment, or personality-type

            -volunteering over the summer?

                        SPRING:

                        >taking applications for spring semester right now

                        >beginning of November holding interviews

                        >interviews in January for spring semester as well (less opportunities)

                        >sometimes create time slots for you if NEEDED not the norm

                        SUMMER:

                        >after Feb. 1stapply for summer

                        >have placement by end of spring semester

                        >NEVER FULL in the summer volunteers can do shifts in different areas 

Farha Abbasi MD

Tuesday

(10/15/19)

Dr. Farha Abbasi

Email: abbasif@msu.edu

Cellphone: 517-331-0376

Psychiatry & Neurology

 

Her story:

*been at MSU for 15 years

*foreign graduate

*medical school in Pakistan

*had to take all exams that an American grad would take when came here

*was Internal Medicine in Pakistan

*immigrated to U.S. with 3 young girls. a lot of anxiety. gave herself 6 months to do the exams.

*started career late when started residency. Had to wait about a year to get matched into a residency.

*did resident here in psychiatry at MSU

 

On becoming a physician:

*becoming a physician is like training & running a marathon

*learning to monitor anxiety now will help greatly later

*anxiety was helpful for avoiding predators back in caveman times

*anxiety helps drive us, but it sometimes can paralyze us

*Physiology happens in its own way, but when you become aware it can mean something is wrong

*goal is not to get rid of anxiety, because it can help us! it can motivate us! Don’t run away from stress, part of getting into graduate programs involves stress. 

*how do we use anxiety to help us?

 

On anxiety:

*emphasize mental health hygiene 

*SLEEP!! (7 to 8 hours) prioritize sleep. helps consolidate memory, which is important for school. decision making is as affected as with drinking with lack of sleep. you are more likely to get sick with lack of sleep as well. sleep deprivation can change your genetics. the more your brain is tired, the more you brain craves sugar. cortisol levels rise (stress hormone) which cause anxiety. no caffeine after 4pm, computer time close to bedtime makes you more awake.

*exercise!! whatever you can consistently do! sitting has negative side effects. 

*you are what you eat! Processed food & sugars lower mood. natural gut bacteria get affected.

*drink water!

*sense of inadequacy. Waiting for admission are time periods where a lot of sense of stress or failure can come in. know that there are different paths to the summit. 

*when you’re there you don’t look back & remember the time it took. It doesn’t matter how long it takes. You will catch up.

*right now you think this is what you want to do. as you move forward you will realize that interest changes. 

*you have to have a passion to go into this field. It is a hard, difficult path.

*important that you enjoy what you are doing.

*self care: finding your authentic self. You have to get to your authentic self. It doesn’t mean the best you, but being realistic about who you are. You all are unique. You all have strengths & weaknesses. Places you excel & places you struggle. It doesn’t mean you're not cut out to be a physician if you are failing. Failing is not a failure. This is the time to learn & relearn. it’s just consolidating information & knowledge base. 

*you CANNOT study the night before the exam & success. it’s all about building knowledge.

*everyday sit down & have that study hour. Time management is also like a money management. time is a currency.

*build in breaks to your studying. (even standing up & deep breathing)

*anxiety causes us to do shallow breathing. we retain carbon dioxide. deep breathing helps

*guided imagery!

*anxiety comes from feeling a lack of control. letting go! Firefighter said hardest thing is not getting them out of the burning house, but asking them to jump, but they hold on to those burning sills & the fear of letting go causes them to hold on & hurt themselves.

*life is going to happen. You can’t control life from happening, but you can be in a position to cope with what life brings.

*you’ve all made it to this point & overcame so much. You prevaled. 10% of the population makes it to this point.

*when you start to get overwhelmed remember what you overcame to get here.

*don’t put a time limit on it. You will burn yourself out getting to a “point in your career.”

*success is not getting to a point in your career, but getting to be content & happy with who you are.

*we always talk to ourselves critically. We are taught to get out of toxic relationships, but we treat ourselves that way.

*the most important relationship you need to change is the relationship with yourself.

*for residency forgive everyone that’s done bad to you. Do you forgive yourself? NO, because we were never taught to love ourselves. things flow from inside to outside.

We pick things from our own sense of inadequacy. next time pick your thoughts for the day as you would pick your clothes.

*we are never taught to take care of ourselves that way. Wellness starts from, “I am okay. I’m not the best or worse I AM OKAY.”

*you are strong & you can do this. 

*FIND THE BALANCE

*as a society we have been taught that there should never be stress & boredom, but NO this is normal. It is not all fun & perfect. 

*what is urgent? what is important?

*please, please be nice to yourself.

*give yourself a mantra! What are you going to tell yourself today?

*if i told you to say something nice to someone else could you? Why can’t you say something nice to yourself? Why is it so hard?

*”I’m living it! “I am making a difference.” “I am smart.” “I am resilient.” “I am grateful.” “I am motivated.” “I am hard-working.”

“Next time life throws you a curveball take a step back & hit it.”

 

On medical school:

*there is no straight path to medical school.

*persistence yields the best results & equates to succeed at the end.

*GPA & resume is important, but the focus of MCAT is shifting towards mental health, so the number is important, but interview & the whole person is becoming more & more important!

Amber McLean DO

Tuesday

(10/1/19)

-Undergraduate here at MSU & got a bacheolor’s in Physiology.

-Med School at MSU Osteopathic Medicine.

-Step 1 in middle of med school, step 2 at end of med school & step 3 during residency for board exam. There’s a physical exam portion as well before graduation.

-4 year residency (OBGYN) & sat from MD board.

-10 years practicing.

-OBGYN board is every 4 years & is a written test. You can practice even if you don’t practice, but not board-certified until you pass your oral boards. Yearly you have to do articles to continue certification. Sparrow requires you to be certified for field monitoring.

 

-Care for women during pregnancy, surgeries, annual check ups.

-Works at Sparrow Hospital.

 

-Can decide how high risk you’ll do.

 

-5 in her group

-1 day of call a week (24 hr.)

-every residency different

            *internal med is 3 years

            *family medicine is 3 years

            *cardiology: internal med 3 years & then fellowship

-Can go in with any major. Science major is good to prep for MCAT.

-Med school is 4 years.

 

-Applied to DO school here, because she knew it & her family practitioner went the DO route here.

-DO is about treating the whole body. Learn those techniques while in school.

-It’s a generic application, so you don’t have to worry about hiding DO & MD schools from each other.

-1st 2 years are not just classroom work.

-Med School in the Caribbean? Look at board-pass rate, see if you feel comfortable. Some schools rank you.

-Can you have a selective C Section? Yes, but it’s recommended to attempt going through labor.

-Ectopic pregnancies can implant in a variety of places.

-In a hospital insurance doesn’t play as big of a role. If no insurance & need surgery they try to have them apply or work with a financial person. In Michigan if pregnant you can get insurance coverage.

-Private offices can pick & choose which insurances they work with.

-Push to go full 40 weeks in pregnancy.

 

-Grandmother was a nurse & she always liked the hospital. Was drawn to it.

-Wish she knew before med school: A lot of people take a gap year now. Also wished she would have studied abroad. Mission trips!

-Best way to shadow is to get in contact with a physician. 

-Can also focus on breast with OBGYN. Fellowship for breast surgery.

-There are combined programs: MD/PHD or DO/PHD. Always pushing for research!

-Rotated at a clinic at Abbot as a medical assistant. Seeing that was fun & was one of the better experiences. Volunteered at a hospital. Interacting with patients exciting & helpful.

-Witnessed her cousin’s delivery which lead her to Obstetrics.

-Has a 4 year old daughter & 1 year old son. Variety of ages & lives in med school.

-Depends on what works for you family-wise.

-Trickier to balance when you start having kids. You make it work. COnstant juggling act with both parents working. Some families only 1 parent works, some have nannies, etc.

-Gets 6 weeks of vacation a year. In private practice take as much or as little as you want.

-Typical day: department meeting 1st Tuesday of every month. Mondays are call night, starting at 6pm. Do surgery at hospital & smaller clinic in St. Johns.

-Typically in the OR the room belongs to the Anesthesiology & Nurse Anesthetist, circulating nurse in the room, fellow & resident & surgical tech.

-OBGYN: Gynecology Oncology = lengthy surgeries. (That involves residency & fellowship.)

-OBGYN 60/40 Obstetrics/Gynecology based on personal preference.  

-If private practice you should have malpractice insurance.

-Laborist: A person that works in a hospital doing shifts for deliveries. They’re the ones there to see the patient when they arrive. You have set shifts.

 

-Take a look at business. Some doctors own their own business. The business knowledge comes in handy.

-What appeals to you? 1st year of med school is intense, but it does tend to get better. Some residencies are very competitive. You have to be realistic. 

Research Opportunities + MPH degree

Tuesday

(4/9/19)

Disordered Eating in Athletes (DESA-6) Research Opportunity with the Department of Psychiatry

CONTACT: manciner@msu.edu

Include: Resume (or CV) and schedule for summer, fall, and spring

 

MSU Public Health Masters Program

  • Applied program so no lecturing at you but instead applying what you’re learning

  • Online program (43 credit)

  • All professors are trained and work in the field of Public Health

  • 1 year and 7 months to complete program

  • 5 week trip offered to Ghana annually during the summer semester can be used as an elective or practicum experience

  • GRE or MCAT taken for admission into the program

  • Based in Flint, Michigan

  • WEBSITE: mph.msu.edu

  • CONTACT: corderke@msu.edu

  • If you’re interested in Public Health, undergrads are able to take up to 9 credits of their courses

 

International Studies Abroad & Euro-Scholars

  • International Studies Abroad (ISA)

  • Partner institution to MSU for organizing study abroad programs

  • She went to Stockholm, Sweden for an entire semester and gained 15 credits

  • Worked 40 hours/week in a research lab of your choice

    • Gained very valuable technical skills

  • Why should you do it?

    • Doing research AND study abroad are both great opportunities

    • Gain very important insights into science/medicine

    • Learn about a new country

    • Gain technical skills

  • Scholarships can help you when paying for this program if you’re worried about finances

Dr. Andrea Shank OD

Tuesday

(3/12/19)

Dr. Andrea Shank OD, FAAO

VisionCare associates in EL

 

  • Difference between optometrist and ophthalmologist is that ophthalmologist performs eye surgery whereas optometrist performs vision therapy

  • Schools

    • Undergrad: ferris state

    • Michigan college of optometry (at ferris state)

      • Went to early admittance after completing 3 years of undergraduate and first year of optometric education doubled as last year of undergrad

      • You will graduate with an undergrad degree in BS in vision science at the end of the first year of optometry school

    • 1 year pediatric residency

    • Associate optometrist at VisionCare

 

Dr. Shank’s Application Suggestions

  • Take OAT the summer before you apply

  • Apply early!!

    • OptomCAS opens in August

    • MCO works on a rolling admissions policy

  • Boost up your CV with the following

    • Multiple hrs of job shadowing

    • Community service

    • Pre-professional clubs

 

Optometry School

  • 4 years of class/clinical education

  • Between 18-24 credit hrs

  • 1st year

    • Mainly classroom education/labs

  • 2nd year

    • classroom/labs

    • First semester in clinic

  • 3rd year

    • classroom/labs

    • Increased hours in clinic

    • Boards

  • 4th year

    • Rotations

    • Boards

  • Residency option (optional)

    • Specialize in a particular subject

    • Paid position

    • Multiple locations across the country

    • Types

      • Ocular disease

      • Primary care (any age)

      • Contact lens

      • pediatrics/vision therapy

      • Low vision/neuro-rehabilitation

 

Daily Schedule

  • ~40hrs/week

  • Comprehensive eye exams

    • glasses/contacts/routine health exams

  • Office visits

  • Follow-ups

  • Vision therapy

  • Cataract post-ops

 

Vision therapy

  • A set of individualized eye exercises focusing on the patient’s weak area(s)

  • Helps re-train the brain to coordinate eye movements

  • 1-3 times per week

  • Various length of treatment time

Dr. Andrea Shank OD

Tuesday

(2/26/19)

Dr. Andrea Shank OD, FAAO

VisionCare associates in EL

 

  • Difference between optometrist and ophthalmologist is that ophthalmologist performs eye surgery whereas optometrist performs vision therapy

  • Schools

    • Undergrad: ferris state

    • Michigan college of optometry (at ferris state)

      • Went to early admittance after completing 3 years of undergraduate and first year of optometric education doubled as last year of undergrad

      • You will graduate with an undergrad degree in BS in vision science at the end of the first year of optometry school

    • 1 year pediatric residency

    • Associate optometrist at VisionCare

 

Dr. Shank’s Application Suggestions

  • Take OAT the summer before you apply

  • Apply early!!

    • OptomCAS opens in August

    • MCO works on a rolling admissions policy

  • Boost up your CV with the following

    • Multiple hrs of job shadowing

    • Community service

    • Pre-professional clubs

 

Optometry School

  • 4 years of class/clinical education

  • Between 18-24 credit hrs

  • 1st year

    • Mainly classroom education/labs

  • 2nd year

    • classroom/labs

    • First semester in clinic

  • 3rd year

    • classroom/labs

    • Increased hours in clinic

    • Boards

  • 4th year

    • Rotations

    • Boards

  • Residency option (optional)

    • Specialize in a particular subject

    • Paid position

    • Multiple locations across the country

    • Types

      • Ocular disease

      • Primary care (any age)

      • Contact lens

      • pediatrics/vision therapy

      • Low vision/neuro-rehabilitation

 

Daily Schedule

  • ~40hrs/week

  • Comprehensive eye exams

    • glasses/contacts/routine health exams

  • Office visits

  • Follow-ups

  • Vision therapy

  • Cataract post-ops

 

Vision therapy

  • A set of individualized eye exercises focusing on the patient’s weak area(s)

  • Helps re-train the brain to coordinate eye movements

  • 1-3 times per week

  • Various length of treatment time

Dr. Amber McLean DO

Tuesday

(2/12/19)

MSUCOM mentorship program:

Rachel, the president of AWMA at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, came in to speak about the upcoming mentorship opportunity. We will be pairing HBC members with medical students in their club for the opportunity to have a contact with somebody in medical school. You can use this person to ask questions and to help you through the grueling process of applying to medical school by somebody who has successfully gone through it themselves. If interested, contact Rachel at the email address below and you will be set up with somebody soon.

Rachel: alexa527@msu.edu

Dr. Amber McLean DO

Practicing OB/GYN

Works for sparrow medical group

Email: mcleana1@msu.edu

  • Can contact her for potential shadowing opportunities

 

Always wanted to go in medicine

Went to UofM for a year, then transferred to MSU

Went to MSUCOM

Residency for OB/GYN for 4 years at Sparrow

Part of mid Michigan physicians and sold practice to McLaren in 2015 and became employed by sparrow medical program since

 

QUESTIONS:

Experiences in undergrad that you took into your medical school career

  • Worked as a medical assistant and phlebotomist which allowed her to become more involved in the system of medical

 

Consolation vs. surgery with OB/GYN

  • Part of the reason chose OB was because the diversity/variety. Liked how not always in the office all week 9-5. Will be on call for the hospital 6PM-6PM next day.

 

Pay for private practice vs. hospital employed

  • Not much different but can go about it differently. Private

 

Balancing family vs. work

  • Supportive spouse that doesn’t work full time. Not always on call and know when you’re going to be on call so you can time stuff and coordinate. Electronic medical records make it so you can go home and finish work compared to paper records that you can’t leave the office.

 

How often are you in call/actually go in for calls

  • Split between 5 physicians so normally one day a week and typically the same day each week. If working with residents, it’s more because there always needs to be an attending with them. Usually stays through the night at the hospital if on call because it’s easier than running in from their house compared to already there.

 

Residency

  • For their personal residency, will do 6AM-6PM for day time residency and then night time residency switch and you’re on that layout for a couple weeks before switching shift times. This allows for all residents to witness all kinds of cases

 

When do they start allowing you do become solo in residency

  • 1st year & 2nd (junior resident): just assisting attending physicians (second assist sometimes just holding equipment and observing) then move into more and more involvement

  • 3rd year & 4th (senior resident): move around for months in different programs within OB and GYN to see different specialties. Develop more surgical skills

  • Each year in residency pay increases

 

Any specialties for a family

  • ER is good because it’s shifts

  • Work part time (but this gets complicated with on call)

  • Previous partner had 6 children and it was fine. You just need to be able to schedule and juggle responsibilities.

  • Not one specific specialty

 

Why did you choose to go private at first and what’s the biggest difference between private or hospital

  • Had trained with the private practice so decided to stay with them

  • Given a guaranteed salary each year but could do production where you get paid based on how many patients you see

  • Other specialties were selling in the private practice and so decided to sell because didn’t think it would be good to just have an OB/GYN in that

  • Pressure to work more and make more in private practice compared to hospital

  • There’s an amount of money called “tail” that covers if you were to get sued and hospitals pay it for you when you leave whereas private practice you have to pay that yourself if you want to leave

 

Men in OB/GYN

  • Not as many as women but there is a male in her practice. There seems to be less men than there used to be

  • Older women are used to male gynecologists because that’s what used to be in the past but younger people are more timid to have a male gynecologist

First meeting of SS19

Tuesday

(1/15/19)

ATLANTIS FELLOWSHIP

  • Hands on experience in hospitals in Europe and South America

  • Shadowing doctors in different countries throughout European countries

  • 30 + hours of AAMC compliant clinical shadowing hours per week

  • Global perspective of medical field

  • Winter and summer programs

    • 2-6 weeks

    • Shadow new specialty each week

    • Weekend group excursions

  • MCAT courses offered

  • FAQ

    • Housing- stayed in small house

    • Don’t need to fluent in native language

    • Do not get credit but can get close to 100 clinical experience hours

    • Excursion examples- kayaking, cave tours, beach days and trips to the city

  • Pricing

    • Varies by length and country (more information on the website)

      • Financial aid available

  • Contact Info

KAPLAN PARTNERSHIP

  • CLUB10 - Use this code to get 10% off Kaplan courses

  • ADCON15 - 15% off Med School Admissions Consulting

  • Click the purple Kaplan box below to be taken to the powerpoint presentation for more information and discounts!

  • Contact Info

Dr. David PW Rastall DO, Neurology

Tuesday

(11/6/18)

Dr. Rastall, DO came in and talked to us about being a resident in Neurology. He attended Indiana University as an undergrad and got a major in Art. Worked as an artist until he decided he wanted to change lives and cure diseases. Chose to go back to school to complete his medical school requirements and applied for medical school and ended up attending MSUCOM.

Included various interesting case studies that allowed us to see how versatile Neurology can be. If you want to contact him and ask for advice or have him answer any questions you may have, he said you can look him up on FaceBook and add him.

Resume Workshop

Tuesday

(10/23/18)

Talked about what you should include on your resume

  • Recent jobs (not just medical)

  • Extracurriculars

  • Skills

  • No high school activities unless actively involved in them still

Dr. Melissa Benbow MD, Pediatrician

Tuesday

(10/9/18)

Dr. Melissa Benbow, MD came in and talked to us about what life is really like as a pediatrician. Went to medical school at Ohio State University School of Medicine and explained her journey to medical school. 

Informative Meeting

Tuesday

(9/25/18)

Informed members of potential upcoming events such as:

  • Volunteering opportunities

  • Social events

    • Hayride​

  • MSUCOM AMWA Mentorship Opportunity

  • Upcoming speakers--who do you guys want to hear from?

Introduction Meeting

Tuesday 

(9/11/18)

Introduced the club and executive board to new and returning members. Excited to have you all here and for this upcoming school year! 

Executive board:

  • Aimee Montambeau (President)

  • Allison Rochon (Secretary)

  • Haley Scott (Technology Coordinator)

  • Allyssa Grayson (Treasurer)

  • Autumn Hoerauf (Social Chair)

  • Chika Manu (VP of Career and Academics)

  • Janet Wetzel (VP of Volunteering)

  • Anthony Curvey (Public Relations)