Friday, August 5, 2011


Im sorry guys, let me make a correction to an earlier post. The checks will be collected on wednesday at the first meeting of SNMA. Please bring your payment at that time. Thanks.

New Orders for Nametags

Hi guys, I hope that those of you who got nametags are happy with them :) . And Congratulations on the white coats you will be recieving today! Anyone who still wants to order a nametag should send an email to listing how you want your name to appear, and the amount of nametags you want to order. Remember, the cost now is $10 for 1 tag and $18 for two. Make sure that in your subject line you type White Coat Nametag!Also Make all checks out to Temple University SNMA. On Friday next week the checks will be collected and the nametags should be ready.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

List of names submitted for nametags

List of Names That Have Been Submitted For Nametags So Far

I have recieved checks for Numbers 1-115. After number 115, either the check is on its way or has not been sent. Please email me, Uchenna @ if you have any questions.
  1. Anika Lucas
  2. Zi C Wang
  3. Rochanne M Johnson
  4. Jennifer Jang
  5. Jay Matz
  6. Olabusayo Kilo
  7. Steven Tobochnik
  8. Daniel Shpilsky
  9. Nhut Giuc Tran
  10. Stephanie M. Dong
  11. Nicholas Julius
  12. Ekene Ajufo
  14. Akaash Kumar
  15. Sarah Gearhart
  16. Jorge L. Feria
  17. Brendan Hagerty
  18. Chia Winchester
  19. Meghan A. Musselman
  20. Patricia Green
  21. Laura Onderko
  22. Camille L. Clefton
  23. Andrew Sekhon
  24. Seneca Harberger
  25. Rori Dajao
  26. Raheela Sultan
  27. Tarik Yuce
  28. Shane Sweeney
  29. Tiara M. Heisey
  31. Shan Parikh
  32. Ashley Sterchele
  33. Lucas A. Tsikitas
  34. Ryan McCormick
  35. Kathleen Marulanda
  36. Anna Gilman
  37. Megan Lowery
  38. Melissa Wasilewski
  39. Raman Nohria
  40. Carolyn Cardaropoli
  41. Nina T. Wylonis
  42. Molly Cutright
  43. Peter L. Sauerhoff
  44. Alissa B Cerny
  45. Courtney Souza
  46. Jonah D. Klein
  47. Casey Y. Ling
  48. Michael Drapala
  49. June Park
  50. Ji-Eun Park
  51. Mingfei Wang
  52. Benjamin Wagner
  53. Taryn E. Kilmer
  54. Scott M. Rudkin
  55. Kevin McVeigh
  56. Stamatios Mastrogiannis
  57. Jesse T. Brandfass
  58. Andrew A. Chansky
  59. F. James Squadrito
  60. Laura Cifrese
  61. Angela J. Silverman
  62. Yvonne Fetterman
  63. Kara Huston
  64. Janice Harlow
  65. Sean R. Wessel
  66. Joshua P. Fleetman
  67. Sumaya Mekkaoui
  68. Yuan Stevenson
  69. Jennifer Lawrence
  70. Brittany Audley
  71. Jason Halpern
  72. Laura Ramirez
  73. Andrew Longenecker
  74. Edwin Layng
  75. Cristina L. Novak
  76. Stephanie Chow
  77. Nathan Peffer
  78. Emily Reeves
  79. Ashley Balentine
  80. Heidar Albandar
  81. Julie Woodburn
  82. Sarah Colihan
  83. John Richards
  84. Jack Juprasert
  85. Dilan D. Patel
  86. David Gish
  87. Kaitlin Rinaldo
  88. Tennyson Lynch
  89. Timothy Chow
  90. Nathaniel Robertson
  91. Jaclyn M. Hopkins
  92. Kaitlyn Musco
  93. Katie Guevel
  94. Renee L. Coleman
  95. Katie Schlaffer
  96. Faisal Saeed
  97. Sean Moss
  98. Lindsey Colman
  99. Sara Elling
  100. Jorge L. Feria
  101. Xi Xue
  102. Anna Hegge
  103. marissa cohen
  104. E. Albert Ghormoz
  105. Justin R. McCloskey
  106. Neil Kalariya
  107. Megan Herda
  108. Ornella M. Dubaz
  109. Brian Weston
  110. Melissa Yacur
  111. Jessica Wagner
  112. Nicholas K. Mollanazar
  113. Erica Gundermann
  114. Robert Hartley
  115. Jonathan Brigham
  116. Radhika Chandramouli
  117. Simonne Francis
  118. Sarab Sodhi
  119. Morgan Leigh Oakland
  120. Jeffrey Uribe
  121. Jack Juprasert
  122. David Mann
  123. Aaron Balinski
  124. John Tierney
  125. Mark W. Fegley
  126. Emily Miller
  127. Lauren Ogrich
  128. John Ellis
  129. Natalia Levytska
  130. Manpreet Chohan
  131. Jenny Mosier
  132. Timothy Steinhoff
  133. Stuti Fernandes
  134. Eric Quach
  135. Michael Yang
  136. Jason Shpilsky
  137. Cayce J. Roach
  138. Stuti Fernandes
  139. Karson Marie Schmidt
  140. Cory Helder
  141. Stephanie Z. Li
  142. Eric Stanshine
  143. Jason Mannion
  144. Nitish Harid
  145. Brian Sprandio

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


As representatives of TUSM's orientation committee, we welcome you to medical school. We look forward to working with you and helping you with the many and varied questions you're likely to have, especially in the next few months. We also feel as part of our education that it's important to consider the many factors which currently have an effect on our health care system. Students and faculty have come together to address this and are providing an opportunity for students to learn more about the impact of health disparities on our society. This will involve reading a book which illustrates the importance of understanding the socio-economic issues which affect access to health care and the importance of patient advocacy. The book is, The Working Poor: Invisible in America, by David K. Shipler.

During orientation, all incoming students will meet in small groups led by representatives of the second, third, and fourth year classes to discuss the book and the issues it raises about the patient-doctor relationship, our health care system, and the barriers to care which many of our patients face. We hope that by initiating an ongoing dialogue on the critical roles of health disparities and patient advocacy in medicine, Temple medical students will develop into physicians capable of providing all patients with the care they deserve.

You can purchase this book either on line or possibly in local bookstores. We look forward to hearing your opinion about it. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact


Meagan Herda, Jarred Molitoris and Tiffany Lim

Discussion Questions for the Working Poor

1. "The profligate were the ones who stood out to Nancy [a case worker], who remembered a man requesting help to pay for prescription drugs. Pharmaceutical companies are willing to donate medicine that is nearly outdated, and she routinely worked overtime on the intricate paperwork needed to make the case in situations of particular need. But when she learned that this man had contracted to bring every available television channel into the comfort of his living room, she blew. 'I said I'm not gonna waste any time working on his $40 medicine bill if he's gonna spend $90 a month on cable.' "

Is this man getting cable irresponsible and selfish? Or is the situation more complicated than it looks? How easy is it to live life for long periods of time completely austerely? What kind of expectations for a baseline might stand in the way of upward mobility for an American who has been in the U.S. for generations, as opposed to recent immigrants--who may have come from countries where they lived without running water or electricity?

2. Chapter 9 discusses the problems and inequities of our American educational system.

"The education they are receiving doesn't open a vista on any expansion universe of possibilities. Unless they happen to find themselves in a classroom with an unusually gifted teacher, or in a home with an exceptionally visionary adult, their schooling limits them, narrows them, closes them down. If it offers a route out of the place they're in, they cannot see it. If it brings a reward, they cannot calculate it. So, as the educational machinery process them year after year, pushing them along on its conveyer belt towards graduation or less, they lose their imaginations about what can be." (239)

Shipler also writes that "the United States funds its schools largely through local property taxes, disparities between one community and the next are huge, and the poorest districts, which need the greatest services, cannot afford them." (240)

Discuss how the financing of our educational system could potentially keep the working poor from being upwardly mobile. Do programs like affirmative action make up for the shortcomings in the current system? Should efforts be more concentrated to making the system more equitable--so that inner city schools have the same access to resources found in public schools in affluent suburbs, such as after school programs, counselors, health lunches, etc?

3. Marquita's story (156) describes a vicious cycle:

Her mother is an alcoholic/addicted to drugs --> Marquita grows up with absent parents, resents parents for their addictions --> Gets pregnant the first time she has sex. Drops out of school to have the baby: "She never considered abortion, and her reasons echoed those often given by teenagers who see their babies as badges of maturity and autonomy: 'I could say to my mother, "Now I'm grown, I can do what I want to do, I can do this and that, I have some kind of little income, I have a little leverage right here.' --> Goes on welfare, poverty forces her to live in a seedy area infested with drugs --> fall into drugs

What other circumstances make the poor particularly vulnerable and traps them in a cycle of poverty? Why does Marquita get pregnant? What are the advantages of getting pregnant? How would an extensive support system prevent one from hitting "rock-bottom" as many of the people profiled in this book do?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Make Sure To Get Your White Coat Nametags

Hey guys! My name is Uchenna, a second year. Congrantulations on your acceptance, you earned it! Orientation week is just around the corner, and at the end of the week you will be recieving your white coats. Temple University SNMA is offering nametags at a discount price when ordered before the 25th of July. Many of your classmates have already submitted orders for their nametags. Dont be left out! The nametags are $8 for one and $15 for two if your check is RECIEVED by the 25th. If we recieve your order by the 25th you will have your nametags in time for the white coat ceremony. After the 25th the price will go up to $10 for one and $18 for two. To order, just send your name as you would like it to appear on the name tag to or and state how many you would like to order. Below is a picture of how the nametags will look on your jacket. Please send a check or money order made out to "Temple University SNMA" to the address listed below. Have a great summer! See you at orientation!
Temple University School of Medicine/RAR Program
3400 N. Broad St. Philadelphia, PA 19140

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Great Housing Available

Hello everyone,
My name is Shane and I will be a first year student this year. If anyone is still looking for a place to live, I just wanted to let you know about an apartment complex in Roxborough called Henry on the Park. Since I am going to be a first year student, I have not actually lived there but I did spend the night when I went out for my interview. I was very impressed with the spacious apartment and how big the parking lot was. Also, my roommate who has lived there the past two years speaks highly of it. In addition to the available parking, there is a pool, a gym, and it is located right next to the park. If you decide to visit, please feel free to contact my roommate Glenn who will be living there over the summer and can show you around at If you do decide to live there I would greatly appreciate it if you let them know that you were referred by either my roommate Glen Rapsinski or me (Shane Sweeney)from apartment G108. Below is a link for more information on the place.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Townhouse for Rent

From Kevin Gordon, TUSM '11
Townhouse for Rent:
- 2br/1bath townhouse in Graduate Hospital area (south of South St.).
- 3 floor townhouse newly renovated with hardwood floors throughout, finished basement, and large bathroom with whirlpool tub.
- 2 bedrooms upstairs with option of basement for a 3rd bedroom.
- All major appliances including dishwasher, washing/dryer, new HVAC system.
- Outside patio easy for BBQ, excellent for covered bike storage.
- Quiet, attractive, safe street with easy street parking.
- Easy walking access to subway, Rittenhouse Square, Center City, Kelly Drive, numerous bars and restaurants within 5min walk.
- Rent $1650/month + utilities.
- available mid-June (negotiable).
- contact Kevin Gordon at if interested