Congratulations to all who matched and to graduating 4th years! This is truly a momentous occasion in your life as a physician and I hope that, despite elevated security measures, you are able to share this moment with your loved ones.
I was in charge of coordinating the Professional Development Conference this year. In the early winter, the administrative board developed three sessions for the Friday morning OSR programming. Though we are all disappointed the PDC was cancelled, we know this was a necessary decision in the interest of safety. We are working with our AAMC support team to try to port these sessions to an online medium that we can distribute, and plan for regional elections.
The Group on Student Affairs Steering Committee have been working on raising awareness of the need for holistic student affairs and how to best disseminate this information broadly. We have also taken a focus on the early aspects of the transition to residency, specifically the interview process. We plan on releasing more details in the coming months as we collaborate with our other AAMC colleagues.
As we know, the COVID-19 situation is quickly evolving, presenting different stressors for learners depending on their level of training. We are actively soliciting feedback from the OSR to consolidate these concerns and disseminate them to appropriate committees. The AAMC has released several resources for students and institutions and is working diligently to triage and address these issues. We will continue to update you regularly as we learn more. I hope everyone remains healthy and safe during this unprecedented public health crisis, and appreciate your patience.
Best of luck for the remainder of the academic year. Please feel free to reach out if you have further questions; It is always good to hear from you and now more than ever are student voices are important.
AAMC OSR National Chair-Elect
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth