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UACOM's First APSA Local Chapter Event

Posted By Stephanie M. Robert, Monday, April 6, 2015

In this blog post, Dr. Yael Kusne discusses the first APSA LC Event at the University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix...

We had our first APSA event at the University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix in February 2015 and it was a success! The meeting was planned as an introduction to APSA at our school, and we invited Dr. Nabil Dib, a physician scientist, to speak. Although a world renowned cardiologist, Dr. Dib has also been very successful with navigating the world of research and running a successful research program. He spoke to the students about his process – from medical student to physician to scientist -- the hurdles, the breakthroughs and the fallbacks. The meeting was excellent! We had over 25 students in attendance, all of whom were excited to hear about what types of events APSA at UACOM would be holding next! For our next event, we plan to bring in another physician scientist for a discussion regarding funding procurement. After the meeting, multiple students commented that the APSA chapter was an excellent addition to our school, as it allows them more exposure to research in medicine.

Yael Kusne, PhD, University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix

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Importance of Teamwork in Establishing an APSA LC

Posted By Stephanie M. Robert, Monday, January 19, 2015

In this blog post, Bernadette DeRussy discusses advice on starting an APSA Local Chapter and the importance of teamwork... 

Over the past semester, I’ve learned that like most things in life, establishing and running an APSA local chapter is a team effort and cannot be done alone. The MD/PhD program at my school is quite small, but I am lucky that the few students we have are highly committed to pursuing careers as physician-scientists, which includes participating in groups like APSA. When asked to hold an office in our local chapter or to help out with meetings and activities, most of my fellow MD/PhD students were quick to volunteer. We also have strong connections with several MD-only students, which has greatly benefited our chapter.

If I could give only one piece of advice in starting a local chapter, it would be to make sure that you have a few individuals who are willing to put in the time and effort to make your local chapter a success. Filling out the secondary application for starting a local chapter initially seemed daunting, but after forming a team to work on the application, we were able to complete it in only a month. I know that many MD/PhD students are go-getters who are used to taking charge and doing things themselves, but starting and running a local APSA is a great reminder about the importance of teamwork and delegation. There really is strength in numbers!

 Bernadette DeRussy, University of Mississippi Medical Center

 

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Establishing an APSA Local Chapter at SLU

Posted By Stephanie M. Robert, Tuesday, September 23, 2014

In this blog post, MD/PhD student, Tyler Zahrli provides information on his experience starting a local chapter of APSA at SLU…

I quickly began organizing a local APSA chapter at Saint Louis University after learning of this new initiative at the APSA national Executive Board meeting in Philadelphia.

Speed is essential in creating a new student organization at a university. First, I contacted the Student Government Association’s (SGA) representative appointed to manage chartered student organizations (CSOs). After obtaining the necessary information from SGA, I recruited a small group of dedicated students and a faculty adviser as well as drafted a constitution. To guarantee efficiency, I assigned tasks to the other students with short turnaround dates, developing membership recruitment strategies and funding opportunities.

Advertising has been successful through official medical school and university events, providing new students with informational flyers and opportunities to give contact information and suggestions. Funding, which comes from chapter dues, the SGA, and the university administration, is the most difficult aspect of this project. Dues of a reasonable amount will not provide funding for national membership, lunch meetings, research events, scholarship opportunities, travel awards, poster printing, and everything else that we would like to provide students. Medical students must inquire about administrative monetary support through the dean of the medical school to make a local chapter practical. And this is where we are currently.

Our Saint Louis University APSA chapter will charge $12 dues for the academic year while hopefully providing national membership to students who maintain an active membership. Our chapter will include students from undergraduate education through MD/PhD students in their clinical years. We plan on holding monthly meetings focused on research basics and professional development as well as occasional poster sessions and other educational programs. To maintain undergraduate and medical student interests, we hope to develop an “APSA Research Certificate” as an end goal for APSA student members. The amount of work is manageable, and I strongly encourage other students to take the same steps I have.

Tyler Zahrli, St. Louis University

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