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Dear DGSOM Community,
“Summer has come and passed. The innocent can never last. Wake me up when September ends.” As you cope with the turmoil either in the block or out in the world, DGSOM AMSA wants to send you cordial greetings and our warmest support. We are dedicated to serving our medical students at both the student life and policy level. in this email, we would like to share with you a couple of outstanding and free legal service resources provided to all UCLA students, including tailored services to our DACA recipients.
For a broad range of legal issues (other than tax and immigration), UCLA Student Legal Services provides assistance such as negotiating on behalf of students and drafting legal documents. For immigration issues, UCLA Undocumented Student Program (USP), in collaboration with the UC Immigrant Legal Services Center, focuses on serving our undocumented and DACA students, as well as students with family members who are undocumented. If you are in fear of losing your legal status for any reason, we encourage you to contact either service for consultation. If your situation is not within the range of either service, you can still obtain a referral to trustworthy outside legal resources. One of us had the pleasure of speaking with UCLA USP Attorney Habiba in person last week and was impressed with her compassion and dedication to our community. Below are details on how to utilize both services.
UCLA Undocumented Student Program/UC Immigrant Legal Services Center
Service: Case-by-case immigration consultation & immigration workshops (call to sign up) in the following areas:
Immigrating through Family members
Green Cards (Lawful Permanent Residency)
Immigration Court and Detention
Location: Student Activities Center in Suite B44
Hours: Monday-Friday from 9 am to 5 pm (available in the evenings when needed)
To directly make an appointment with Attorney Habiba: https://habibaucimm.youcanbook.me/
UCLA Student Legal Services
Service: Confidential legal assistance provided by experienced attorneys on a wide range of legal issues. Several immigration consultations each quarter for all students. All services by appointment only. For more information, go to www.studentlegal.ucla.edu.
Locations: A239 Murphy Hall
For international students with non-immigrant status (F, H, J visas, etc.), the Dashew Center for Internation Students (http://www.internationalcenter.ucla.edu/) and the International Student Support Program (us.myissp.com) provide advisory support and nurture a vibrant international student community.
UCLA DGSOM AMSA Board
Co-presidents: Gwendolyn Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Gabriela Lopez
Policy Chair: Kayla Gu (email@example.com)
Medical Education Chair: Jason Qian
Community Service Chair: Jessica Wu
The Dean’s Office, and our Offices of Graduate Medical Education, Student Affairs, and the Graduate Program in Bioscience, are all committed to ensuring that David Geffen School of Medicine medical students, graduate students, residents and fellows remain mentally healthy while completing their training program.
We invite you to explore the new Behavioral Wellness Center site at medschool.ucla.edu/bwc.
What will you find?
-Short-term individual psychotherapy
-Information about community-based services and resources
(Services rendered through BWC are covered by insurance and co-pays have been waived)
Location: 18-218 CHS (first floor of the UCLA Center for Health Sciences)
Administrative Office Hours: 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM with clinicians available for early morning, daytime and evening sessions.
For MS4s, the time has come to start familiarizing ourselves with the Residency application process—MS3s, this is just around the corner. MS1s and MS2s, it’s never too early to have this process on your radar (though don’t spend TOO much time thinking about it).
If you can spare a moment, we recommend exploring the AAMC’s Tools for Residency Applicants page, linked here. While the majority of this information pertains to the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), the Residency Application Timeline is a good place to start as it provides a scaffold through which you can begin to shape what the process of your applying to residency will look like.
As always, please feel free to email your friendly neighborhood OSR reps with any questions regarding this or other AAMC resources.
Your OSR Representatives
John Barber – firstname.lastname@example.org
Neev Batavia – email@example.com
John Cabri – firstname.lastname@example.org
Students Needed! Click Here to Participate
(1) Medical Student Feedback For
The Professionalism Council has created a feedback form for students to provide ANONYMOUS feedback regarding their experiences in the classroom and while on the wards. We have taken multiple precautions to protect student anonymity, and are striving to change the culture of medicine at UCLA by acknowledging good teaching practices while trending faculty who have created an environment of abuse or negativity.
This feedback form will remain open indefinitely for continuous responses. Please feel free to report multiple events (both positive or negative ones) throughout the year.
Help us change how UCLA practices medicine. We look forward to your participation and response.
Link to feedback form: http://apps.medsch.ucla.edu/redcap/surveys/?s=LJYATMYT3K
(2) "Excellence In Teaching with Humanism Residents Award"
In keeping with the ongoing efforts of the David Geffen School of Medicine to improve the culture of medicine and celebrate a respectful environment for medical students, the Medical Student Council has created an "Excellence In Teaching with Humanism Residents Award." This award will recognize UCLA residents and fellows who serve as positive role models and mentors for student doctors on the wards.
The nomination process is open to all MS3 and MS4 students. We hope that you can take the time to click on the link below to nominate residents and fellows with whom you have worked with on the ward. You may nominate more than one individual; the link may be used more than once. Link to nominate: https://apps.medsch.ucla.edu/redcap/surveys/?s=ECTKKP7X3J
DGSOM Professionalism Council