Congratulations to those who matched this month and to the 4th years who are graduating soon! To the rest of you who are navigating these unprecedented measures that are being taken in response to COVID-19, hang in there and know that we are doing our best to keep you adrift of relevant and important information as quickly as we can. Please continue to heed the recommended precautions at this critical time to keep yourself and others safe, and continue to reach out to us and/or your Regional Chairs with any questions and concerns. Also be sure to keep an eye out for further OSR and AAMC communications which contain helpful updates and resources regarding the response to COVID-19.
I and the rest of the Administrative Board are continuing to plan for the OSR portions of LSL 2020, and we are pleased with the progress we have made so far. Our teams successfully submitted four great proposals for concurrent (conference-wide) sessions that we believe will be relevant, informative, and engaging. It is important to us that we utilize these sessions to highlight topics that our students are passionate about and that are relevant to the wide variety of institutions that we attend across the country. We hope to receive positive feedback on our proposals from the reviewing committee soon so that we can continue planning these exciting sessions.
At our most recent meeting for the Group on Education Affairs Steering Committee, I took the opportunity to voice student questions and concerns regarding the FSMB and NBME’s recent decision to change Step 1 scoring to pass/fail. Those discussions are ongoing, and I will continue to represent the diversity of opinions that our students have on this important change.
Lastly, I am sorry that we won’t get to see each other at the GSA-CiM-OSR Professional Development Conference, but I look forward to seeing you all at a very exciting LSL 2020 in Washington, D.C. this fall!
As always, please feel free to contact me at any time with questions, concerns, and/or ideas for LSL 2020, the GEA, and our OSR.
AAMC OSR National Chair-Elect
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University