News from MSC

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Mental Health & Wellness

Check out MSA's recent post on stress and burnout.

Here are upcoming events to help de-stress and recuperate:

1. Student Organization Leadership Development Session
Self-Care: Avoiding Burnout
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
IUPUI Campus Center 309

2. "A Guide to Less Stress" Sessions
1-hour sessions held at each IU location across the state
See session times and register here.

Welcome back!

Welcome, Class of 2018! Hope everyone had a great summer! Here are a few exciting events to be aware of:

  • Tues, Aug 5 - SIG Leaders Orientation, 6-9pm, MS B26
  • Wed, Aug 6 - MS1 service project
  • Fri, Aug 8 - MS1 activities fair, 9:30-11am, MS Atrium
  • Mon, Aug 18 - Medical Student Council "State of the Council" general meeting, 5-6pm, Campus Center 309

Meeting cancelled

We've decided to cancel the April 16 general meeting since we don't have anything on the agenda, and historically there is low attendance at this time of year. MSC will reconvene in the fall.

On Call - Highlights from February MSC Meeting

Rooms with MediaSite Capabilities

List of rooms with true MediaSite recorders + Video Conference:
EH 304
R3 c203

List of rooms with true MediaSite recorders (cannot Video Conference):
MS 326
MS B26

Rooms with Video Conferencing capabilities which allow for recording and posting to MediaSite:
MS 122a
MS B11
MS B14
Daly 185
EH 304
IB 303
R3 c203
R3 c303
R3 c305
Long 251
Glick 103
Fesler Hall 319
Fairbanks 5005

MSC Exec Elections

Hello Students!

The MSC Executive elections are rapidly approaching! This year, the elections will take place at the MSC Leadership Day, which will be held on Saturday October 19th (more info/details to follow). We invite all students interested in seeking an MCS Executive role to please attend the next MSC General Meeting (Sept 23, 6pm, CE 405) to learn more about how the MSC functions as well as pick up on some ideas for your campaign platform. 
Students planning to run for an executive position should also plan to attend the MSC Leadership Day, so please plan ahead about asking for time off from clerkship/classroom duties that day. If you are struggling to get this time off, please contact me (Jenna Fritsch,, and I can assist you with getting Dean-approved excusal. 
I encourage interested students to please review the roles/responsibilities of the executive positions online here and contact the officer currently in the position to ask him/her questions regarding the role.  We are in the process of attempting to create and approve a sixth executive position whose responsibility would be to serve as a "statewide executive" in charge of issues related to the satellite campuses. This position is to be held by a student that spend their first two years at one of the satellite campuses (if the position does indeed get approved by the MSC). The executive treasurer position is to be held by a student residing in Indianapolis for efficient coordination of MSC finance. The other executive positions are open to anyone at any campus. 
I will send a more formal announcement regarding due dates of platforms at a later time, but platforms will likely be due in early October and speeches will take place at Leadership Day.  Elections proceed in the following order, and are drop-down elections meaning that if a candidate does not get one position, they can choose to run for the subsequent exec positions if they would like:   President--> VP --> VP of Membership --> (RCL/Statewide Exec) --> Treasurer --> Secretary.  Despite the drop-down structure, I encourage candidates to only run for positions which truly interest them and for which they have designed a solid platform.  I have attached the platforms written last year by the current officers to give you an idea of the type of information you may consider including in your own platform. 
Hope you see many of you at the next MSC meeting and looking forward to hearing everyone's ideas for the school! Please let me know if you have any questions.
Jenna Fritsch
MSC President 2013

Fall 2013 MSC Meetings

Aug. 27th, 6:30 pm, General Meeting, CE 405

Sept. 23rd, 6 pm, General Meeting, CE 405

Oct. 19th, Leadership Day and Executive Countil Elections

Nov. 20th, 6 pm, General Meeting, CE 405 (transitional meeting led by new executive council)


Spring MSC Meeting Dates

The meeting dates for the spring of 2013 are the following:

  • Thursday, January 10th, Campus Center Room 405 @ 6:00pm
  • Tuesday, February 5th, Campus Center Room 409 @ 6:00pm
  • Tuesday, March 26th, Campus Center Room 405 @ 6:00pm
  • Wednesday, April 10th, Campus Center Room 309 @ 6:00pm

See you all there!!

MSC Executive Board Election Platforms

Dear students,

Attached you will find the platforms submitted for the 2013-2014 MSC Executive Council Elections, to take place November 12th. While any IUSM student is welcome to ask questions of candidates and participate in the discussions that occur during the elections, only voting members (MSC Execs, Class Officers, and Center Reps) will be able to vote on the candidates. Thus, I urge any interested student to contact a voting member or to attend elections if they would like to participate.
The MSC Executives represent all medical students statewide and help facilitate/spearhead initiatives to improve the academic environment and student life at IUSM. I strongly encourage all students to take an interest in these elections!
The candidates are listed below in alphabetical order by last name for each office:
  • President - Joel Franco, Jenna Fritsch
  • Executive VP - Chad Flowers, Joel Franco, James Grogan
  • Vice President of Membership - Jason White
  • Secretary - Rahul Abhyankar, Dessi Moneva
  • Treasurer - Charles Goodwin, Darren Plummer, Jason White
Further details about elections are included in the attached platforms packet. If you have any questions about this process or about how to get more involved in the school, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Thanks, and best of luck to our candidates!

Janice L. Farlow
President, 2012-2013
Medical Student Council

MSC Executive Board Elections!

Want to get more involved? Do you feel passionate about student issues and want to make a difference at IUSM?
If so, I invite you to consider running for one or more of the Medical Student Council Executive Officer positions! All five positions are up for election and last for one year starting in January:
  • President
  • Executive Vice President
  • Vice President of Membership
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
All students in good standing are eligible to run for these positions. You may run for as many positions as you like but please only submit one platform (2 pages or less - ideally one!). Submit all platforms to mscexec@IUPUI.EDU by Thursday October 25 at midnight.
Elections will take place at the MSC meeting at 6pm on Monday, November 12 in the IUPUI Campus Center, Room CE409. Please plan on attending in person or via polycom if you are running for office. Contenders will be asked to give a brief speech followed by Q&A. 
If you have any questions, please review the Member Responsibilities here and feel free to email any of the current MSC Executives with questions!
Best of Luck!
Jenna Fritsch
MSC Secretary 2011-12



Wanted to give everyone a heads up on when the MSC meetings will be for the rest of the Fall Semester:

Wed Oct 17 CE 405
Mon Nov 12 CE 409
Thurs Nov 29 CE 268

There was really no time in December that seemed to be a good time for a meeting, so we have scheduled two in November. Remember that MSC Exec elections will take place at the official November meeting (Nov 12), and the last meeting of the calendar year (Nov 29) will be jointly run by the incoming and outgoing board.

Please mark your Calendars! Of course I will be sending out a school-wide email closer to each date to remind everyone!

Hope to see everyone there!

Jenna Fritsch
MSC Secretary 2012


Positions for MSC Executive Officers now open!

Do you want to make an impact on your school? Serving as one of the Medical Student Council Executive Officers is a great way to do so! Any medical student from any year in good academic standing can run for one or more of the five executive positions. Candidates should write a one-page platform (details below) and speak at the next MSC meeting (Wed Nov 9, 3-5 minutes with questions).

Platforms are due on Wed Oct 26. Each candidate should write one platform, regardless of the number of positions he or she is running for. The platform should include:
Why the student is a good candidate for the position
Why the student wishes to hold the position
What specific ideas the student has for the position

Responsibilities for each position can be found here (click Member Responsibilities). Those interested are encouraged to contact the current officers to find out more about the positions.

Level 3 Competency in Professionalism -- now available to student leaders!

Courtesy of the MSC, student leaders are now all eligible to apply for a Level 3 Competency in Professionalism. For complete details, please see the proposal.


The MSC has organized a Nuts and Bolts session for all medical student groups at 5pm Wed Nov 9 directly before the next MSC meeting. If you are or are seeking to be a registered group with IUPUI (requirements here) to apply for IUPUI funding or to get free color printing through the school, your group must send a representative to a Nuts and Bolts session for the year, fill out a renewal form, and submit an advisor agreement. If you can't make it to the MSC-sponsored Nuts and Bolts session, you can find a full list of sessions here.

International Experience Policy

Due to past confusion about the medical school's policy on student travel abroad, the existing policy has been reformatted and modified slightly for medical student use. For complete details on this policy, please see this document.

IT resources: SIG printing, teleconferencing

SIG Printing

Each registered Student Interest Group (SIG) in Indianapolis has 60 free color copies per month through the Media Productions Center. If you are a representative of a SIG that needs copying, please contact with your group's name, the number of copies you would like, and your attachment in .pdf format.

Please note that you must be registered through IUPUI for this service. If you are registered only through the Medical Student Council (MSC), you may contact one of the MSC Executive Council Officers to use some of the MSC's monthly allotment on a first come, first serve basis.

Teleconferencing instructions

There has been a lot of confusion lately on how to connect to Video Bridge to join the MSC meeting from regional campuses, so we have created an instruction on how to connect from IU sites, non-IU sites, or your phone, adapted from ones provided by Digital Media Network Services.

These and other IT instructions have been added to the General Student Resources page. Please take a look at your convenience and let us know if there is any item you would like to add or if you notice an outdated item, and we will respond to your request swiftly.

MSC meeting dates of Fall 2011

We invite all students to join us. All meetings are teleconferenced to regional campuses.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011
5:30-6:30pm - Campus Center 310

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
5:30-6:30pm - Campus Center 406

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 (Elections)
5:00-7:00pm - Campus Center 307

Wednesday, December 7, 2011
5:30-6:30pm - Campus Center 307

Sign up for Leadership Day now!

Leadership Day 2011 is on Aug 27, 2011 at Fairbanks Hall. There are 200 seats available, and it takes only 5 mins to sign up! Register & check out the event schedule at:

Tech meeting with SCTF, WDT

MSC exec board had a teleconference meeting with the Student Computer Task Force and the Website Development Team on Apr 14. Here is an action list (with the person in charge) that came out. Thanks to Peter Baenziger for organizing the list!

  • Updating MSC site with Google Analytics (Reiri)
  • Upgrading MSC site platform for improved security (Reiri)
    • Moving budget approval process online, once security standard is established (Reiri)
  • Establishing Email / Calendar policy for SIGs (MSC Executive Officers, Janice)
  • Establishing Email / Calendar policy for OMSL (Tyler)
  • Developing an Oncourse link-out solution for MSC website (Peter, Myrna)
  • Advocate for better MECA and MSC link location on IUSM website (Christiano, Myrna)

Resource for 4th Year Students planning on Away Rotations is a sublet website created by students for students. Take advantage of Google map searches, automated sublet pages with public transit directions and panoramic street views, and much more. Features dozens of medical schools and hospitals around the country, and automatically searches for sublets from neighboring institutions! Indiana University Sublets are included for those coming from out of town.

Used book sale

Buy books and sell your old ones to IUSM students!

Congratulations Newly Elected IUSM Medical Student Council Leaders!

It is with great honor that we announce the newly elected IUSM Medical Student Council Leaders.

  • President - Tyler King
  • Executive Vice President - Ko Un 'Clara' Park
  • Vice President of Membership - Lenny Weiss
  • Treasurer - Adam McHenry
  • Secretary - Janice Lin

We were pleased by the exceptional candidates that ran for office, and have no doubt that these elected leaders will serve our school exceptionally.

We would also like to thank the outgoing co-officers for their hard work and dedicated service throughout the year:

  • Shreyas Joshi - President
  • Eddie Shmukler - Executive VP
  • Jen Pasko - VP of Membership
  • Kimberly Matchett - Treasurer
  • Ashley Cesar – Secretary

Welcome Class of 2014!

Fall 2008 White Coat Ceremony

This site is run by the IUSM Medical Student Council. It is a great resource to navigate your way to various medical student resources! You can also learn about the multitude of Student Interest Groups, Specialty Councils, and student government leadership. So remember to share with your colleagues as well!

Don't forget to visit the Medical Student Affairs site for incoming 1st years: New Student Checklist Your predecessors have also devoted countless hours to creating a Survival Guide to help you through your first year. Don't miss out!