Town Hall Q&A Week of 5/10/2021

In place of the weekly student Town Halls, Drs. Pirani and Rogers will answer questions in writing for the foreseeable future.  Please send us your questions weekly, and we’ll respond!  (Feel free to contact us individually for specific student-related questions.)

Question:
Recent studies have shown the Pfizer vaccine is effective against COVID-19 and COVID variants but only effective for 6 months. Since many students received the Pfizer vaccine, will the school provide a means to receive the third vaccine near 6 months?

Answer:
he duration of immunity is monitored so that we will know if additional booster vaccines are needed.  At the current time, there is information that immunity due to the vaccine lasts a year – and maybe longer.  As such, there is currently no recommendation for booster vaccines.

Question: 
Is the NBME shelf for Family Medicine taken after the Year 4 Family Medicine rotation? Is there an internal exam for this rotation as well?

Answer:
The Family Medicine course final exam is created by the faculty and is based on information provided during your didactic sessions and educational assignments.  The NBME exam for Family Medicine has pharmacology and behavioral medicine content included.  Not all students have had those experiences when they take the Family Medicine clerkship, therefore an internal exam is used instead of the NBME exam.

Announcement for Year 6 students

        Although commencement occurs on May 15th, block 13 does not end until May 28th.   Curriculum council guidelines stipulate that students attend a minimum of 20 eight-hour days or 160 hours of a clinical elective in order to receive credit.  For students on an elective, please plan to return to your educational responsibilities after the commencement ceremony.

    Specifically for weekly continuity clinic, your responsibilities end on Friday, May 14th.  Your only responsibilities remaining after the May 15th Commencement is to your block 13 elective.