Staff from College of Medicine Student Affairs and Admissions attend AAMC National Meeting

Staff from College of Medicine Student Affairs and Admissions attended the Association of American Medical Colleges 2024 Group on Student Affairs (GSA), Careers in Medicine (CiM), Organization of Student Representatives (OSR) National Meeting in San Francisco on April 17-20.

Dr. Corrie Stofcho, assistant dean of student affairs, and Carla Mattiussi, academic & career advisor, attended an early one-day workshop titled 2024 Career in Medicine presented by the AAMC geared toward medical education and training career specialists to use assessments and best practices when guiding medical students during their specialty exploration phase. The workshop included case study review and trainee participation with student experiences and examples from students in any phase of exploration. Participants were guided on interpretation of assessment tools and how to use them during advising sessions.

During the three-day AAMC Group on Student Affairs National Meeting, Dr. Stofcho and Mattiussi were joined by Harmony Stanger, director of student affairs, and Jill Thompson, assistant director of admissions. The annual meeting focused on such critical topics as transition to residency, student wellness, cultural competencies, diversifying the healthcare workforce and more. Attendees actively engaged in actionable conversations to help address the pressing issues that directly influence the future of physicians and the next generation of medical leaders. Many sessions focused on the strategic, operational, and administrative issues facing our learners, faculty, advisors and administrators.  Medicine student Samuel Kulifay (’24) also attended, representing NEOMED as the AAMC OSR Regional Chair for the Central Region.

Throughout the meeting, Dr. Stofcho had additional responsibilities as member-at-large on the AAMC Central Group on Student Affairs (CGSA) Steering Committee. She presented a poster titled “Evolution of Early Assurance in Medical Education,” that revealed supporting data for students who enroll in NEOMED’s Early Assurance Gap Year Pathway (EAGYP) programs outperformed non-pathway students in six of nine Biomedical Science courses during the M1/M2 years. Through pathway programing, NEOMED has:

  1. increased student diversity;
  2. developed better DEI practices and support services;
  3. improved academic success, retention, and longitudinal offerings to advance learned knowledge and skills and,
  4. offered a supportive community.

Additionally, Dr. Stofcho served as a co-presenter for a session titled “Creating a Smart Residency Application” that discussed the factors influencing medical students’ residency-application decisions, strategies for creating a smart application strategy and identifying recourses to support their strategy. 

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