Did you know there’s a group of students leading the College of Medicine to reaccreditation? Geetika Srivastava, a second-year College of Medicine student serves on the University’s LCME Student Impact Committee (SIC) to help with the accreditation process currently taking place.
Tell us about your role as the SIC vice president.
GS: This year, I am the vice president-elect for the Student Impact Committee. My role is to assist the president elect, Bradley Eckert, a third-year College of Medicine student. If he can’t attend certain meetings or when there are events he’s unable to make, I step in and fulfill those roles for him.
Because he is an M3, Bradley is not on campus as often. As a student on campus, I sort of alleviate that communication barrier.
Did you volunteer to serve as the vice president?
GS: It was a self-nomination process, then the members of the Committee voted to elect me.
Why did you want to become involved with the SIC?
GS: I didn’t really know a lot about the behind the scenes part of our education, if you would call it, with curriculum and administration. For me, being a part of the Student Impact Committee is personally important, because I do care a lot about this school and I want it to succeed. I also want it to be better – that’s why being involved with the Student Impact Committee is very important.
What do you hope to accomplish through the reaccreditation process?
GS: Ultimately, in the end, I want students to feel that they are cared for. I want them to be happy with their choice of coming to NEOMED. It is a great school and has a lot of potential. I want students to come to NEOMED and think to themselves, “Yeah, I am a proud Walking Whale!”
I personally believe that NEOMED is a great school because of its sense of community. Our students are very involved when it comes to extracurricular activities and running events at our school. That’s one of the reasons why I love NEOMED – I feel like I’m at a place where I belong.
What makes you proud to be a part of NEOMED?
GS: While working through the Student Impact Committee, I’ve met a lot of NEOMED’s leaders and administrators. I can honestly say, they are some of the most dedicated people. They genuinely care about students’ well-being. They truly care about how students are performing, not only on the academic level, but also when they leave the University – how they’re performing in residency and things like that.
That’s another reason for students and community members to be proud of NEOMED. We’re a school that takes feedback and actively work upon it.