Blogside Manner: We Are Totally Social



In preparation for PLME Wars, each advising group made banners among other things. Based on the banner, Team Empkie is obviously superior (#shots fired), but unfortunately, Team Domenech took home the golden stethoscope this year.

Hello! I’m Lulu, a member of the PLME class of 2018/2022, and I am the writer for Blogside Manner. In this column, I will talk about the ins and outs of PLME life at Brown and, of course, the dreaded application process. Whether or not you decide to ultimately apply for PLME, I hope to help provide you with a better sense of what Brown is all about! 

I’m not sure how prevalent this perception is, but I’ve heard various people say that PLME is just a group of nerds that are all super sciencey. If this is your image of a standard PLME, that’s perfectly okay! This was my view of PLME before I came to Brown. As I’ve learned, the academic similarities between PLMEs quickly end after the burning passion to dissect human cadavers in hopes of becoming a physician, but despite our often-differing interests, we are a super social bunch and not actually very nerdy at all. This time, I will be detailing some of the PLME social events I’ve attended in my time here.

The majority of PLME social events come from two sources: the PLME Congress and our individual advising groups. The Congress plans the larger events that all PLMEs attend such as Whole Patient and class get-togethers. The advising groups are more or less smaller communities within the larger PLME one and are led by one of the four advising deans; these groups can have their own events as well.

The first major event all PLMEs attend is PLME Wars, organized by the Congress. A sacred tradition in PLME, members of each advising group valiantly compete in semi-athletic events for victory. The year’s worth of bragging rights that a team can win is physically symbolized through the golden stethoscope, which is hung on the office door of the victorious PLME advising dean. The event is much like Unit Wars (you’ll learn about this if you come to Brown) except on a smaller scale; this year, we had tug-of-war, charades, guess this PLME, and the very traditional dodge ball tournament. Even if your group doesn’t win, at least you get to complain about things like the tug-of-war rope being rigged and eat loads of snacks courtesy of the advising deans.

A more formal event that happened later in the month was the first Whole Patient dinner, which is also organized by the Congress. At every event, a practicing physician comes to talk about how they chose their practice and a few of their cases. The physician also brings one of his or her patients, who talks about the patient’s perspective on medicine and treatment, which is a not often acknowledged viewpoint in the academic medical world. On top of learning about different medical fields and the doctor-patient relationship, you get to dress nicely and have a very good dinner at the Brown Faculty Club, which makes for a pretty decent evening.

(Let’s mention the bread pudding at the Faculty Club right here, because it is phenomenal. If PLME hate is a real thing, it is because we get to have this bread pudding with higher frequency than a regular Brown student.)

To be honest, I don’t actually know if other advising groups have get-togethers, but my advising group definitely does (Team Empkie is really the best group, guys). Before PLME Wars, we had a group meditation session in the chapel. Over the last weekend, we went rowing down at the river as a team bonding exercise and to see a new side of Providence. Yes, we were pretty bad at the actual rowing, but at least we looking like we kind of knew what we were doing by the end of it!

Whew, this post got kind of long. Next week, for some diversity, I will be talking to other PLMEs about their experiences at Brown so far. Thank you for reading, and I hope you stick around!

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Email me at or comment below! I’ll make sure to respond as soon as I can!


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