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!
Hello all! So sorry that I didn’t have a post out last week, but here I am again! I hope all of you had a fabulous Valentine’s Day. It’s hard to believe that we’re already into week 5 of the semester; with all of the snow days, it feels like we’ve only just got back. Today’s article is going to be a bit brief (got an orgo test coming up), so let’s get to it!
I only just realized that while you’ve heard about the extracurriculars of a bunch of my PLME friends that I’ve interviewed, I’ve never really talked about my own, which is what I’ll be writing on today. Aside from this blog, I currently do swing dancing, teaching sexual education to middle schoolers with the Alpert Medical School, participate occasionally in PLME Congress, and starting soon, I will be a sciences tour guide. Yes… this is a rather short list, and I admit that I am not the most active PLME (that’s one of the big perks of being in this program: you can be as active as you want).
Since it is kind of a PLME exclusive club, I’ll take a moment to go a bit into PLME Congress. This is the PLME student group that basically works as a mini-student government. It has representatives that go to the medical school congress, or med school student government, to better integrate the two and help alert us to events and opportunities offered by the medical school that wouldn’t usually appear in Morning Mail. In addition, PLME Congress does a broad range of things such as selling PLME apparel, keeping the PLME textbook selling list updated, managing volunteers in a variety of medical related positions, and sponsoring PLME class bonding activities that can range from ice cream and movies to a full social.
Something I love that PLME Congress also organizes is the Whole Patient program, which I’ve touched on last semester. This is a unique program that brings in a practicing doctor and one of their patients, who give a presentation about medical care from both the provider and the receiver points of view. The great thing about Whole Patient is that it really shows the importance of interpersonal relationships in medicine in a way that most pre-medical students will not have the chance to experience. And of course, there is food from the faculty club (remember bread pudding?).
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