What Did You Do This Summer?

Mark Hopkins, Jeremy Carter, and Elissa Trieu are second-year medical students, who had a fantastic experience this summer performing research and training emergency personnel for the third-largest city in Ecuador.

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Mark contacted the Office of Student Experience to detail some more information about how and why the group spent the summer in Latin America:

“We went to Cuenca, Ecuador with the International Trauma System Development Program (ITSDP), and the VCU student branch of the Pan-American Trauma Society (PTS). Dr. Sudha Jayaraman, our mentor, and a VCU faculty trauma surgeon supervised the project and the excursion. We were fortunate to receive a stipend from the School of Medicine Dean’s Fund for Summer Research that covered our costs. The application for next summer would go through us now that we are research members of the club, but it would be limited to medical students (due to its nature.) However, VCU’s connection with the health schools in Cuenca would allow students from all parts of MCV to have an opportunity to serve there.”

To read Mark, Jeremy, and Elissa’s first-hand accounts of living and working in Ecuador, visit their blog. They have also been featured in a VCU Health News article, which you can view here.


Did you do something this summer that you would like to share with the Health Sciences student population? The Office of Student Experience wants to hear from you! Send an email to studentexp@vcu.edu  with a few details about your experience, and you might be featured in an upcoming newsletter.

Tompkins-McCaw Welcome Week Activities

Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences welcomes new and returning students during VCU Welcome Week activities.
Open Houses will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 23 and Thursday, Aug. 25 from 11 a.m – 1 p.m. in the Tompkins-McCaw Library lobby.
Stop by the table to speak with librarians and learn about search tips, databases, library services and more. Tours will be held on-demand. Tours last 10-15 minutes, library staff will guide you through the Tompkins-McCaw Library and show you the study rooms, silent study areas, Multimedia Collaboration Room, historical displays and much more.

Save the date! Don’t miss your chance to visit with librarians from Tompkins-McCaw Library at other Welcome Week events including:
  • Student Orientation Fair – Visit the library table and find out how librarians can help improve your searches and more! – Wednesday, Aug. 24, Larrick Student Center
  • VCU Libraries Grad Fest – Start strong and shine all year with Grad Fest, Wednesday, Aug. 24. The drop-in open house will be held 1 to 4 p.m. at James Branch Cabell Library (Lecture Hall, Room 303). Librarians from the Tompkins-McCaw Libary will be on hand to answer any questions that you have.
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Online Writing Consultations

Did you know that the VCU Writing Center offers online writing consultations during business hours?

The Writing Center uses Google Hangout to facilitate conversations much like traditional in-person appointments. Consultants can help you structure, organize, and articulate your ideas. They can even guide you through a brainstorming session as you’re getting started. To learn more, including how to schedule an appointment, visit their website.

In addition to the online appointments, walk-ins are available in Tompkins-McCaw Library Mondays (1 p.m. – 5 p.m.), Thursdays (11 a.m. – 3 p.m.), and Fridays (1 pm – 5 p.m.).

VCU’s Statistical Consulting Services

Need help with experiment design? How about with interpreting results or understanding your statistical analysis? Get the help you need during Statistical Consulting Service’s office hours Tuesday and Thursday in Sanger Hall.  

Every currently enrolled VCU student is offered 4 hours of free consulting per semester by appointment. For details visit www.ts.vcu.edu/askit/research/statistical-consulting-services/ or email statconsult@vcu.edu to schedule an appointment.