On Monday, October 17th, the Class of 2014 held their second class meeting from 12-1pm. The meeting kicked off with a report on the class affairs, which have been very successful thus far. Class Sweatpants sales had ended the previous Thursday, and more than half of the class bought sweatpants that will printed with the 2014 emblem. The orders have been sent in, and the sweatpants should be received in a couple of weeks. The class officers have also been busy planning “Back to Basics,” which will consist of 6 sessions from December to February. Three dates have been confirmed, and the rest are currently being planned. The topics of the sessions were decided based on feedback from a poll given to the second year class in August, and the 6 most popular topics were found to be Anatomy, Neurology, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Physiology, and Pathology. The first Back to Basics session will be held on Friday, December 2nd, where Dr. Hill will be leading the Anatomy discussion.
The meeting was then handed over the invited speaker Dean Scandalis, who was there to talk about the COMLEX exam that the second year class members are to take by the end of June 2012, before starting their third year rotations. Dean Scandalis touched upon the scoring of the COMLEX, which is out of 800, where 400 is a passing score. He mentioned that 400 is roughly the 75 percentile, but the passing percentile changes every few years as to standardize and normalize results on a continual basis. Dean Scandalis answered many questions from the students themselves, as they were encouraged to bring relevant questions for the Dean to answer. When asked about the best study method for the Boards, the Dean responded by saying that students who are currently successful in school should continue to study in the same manner for the Boards, while those performing on the other end of the spectrum are encouraged to adapt to new student methods. He also said that the second year students are not required to take the USMLE, as many residency programs will accept COMLEX scores, however many students do tend to take both exams. The general trend seems to be that students who do well on the COMLEX will also do well on the USMLE, and that there is consistency is the general trend when comparing performances on school exams and Board exams. Dean Scandalis did an excellent job answering questions from the students as well as addressing concerns about the COMLEX, and the Class of 2014 greatly appreciates his support.
Coming up in November, the Class Officers will have a timeline covering the remainder of the year to hand out to the second year students, with important dates and information concerning registration for the Boards, third year rotation options, and when the rotation slots are to be picked. The Class of 2014 officers would like to thank everyone who attended the meeting, and to please attend the upcoming meetings this school year!