BrainStorms is founded in the recognition that the role of a physician is not limited only to the day-to-day application of medicine, but also comes with the responsibility of being a leader, both within a healthcare team and the community at large. Our mission is to foster a culture of effective communication, public speaking, teaching, and research to supplement academics at UMHS through case studies, competitions, and educational outreach.
Case studies and student led learning are key during clinical rotations and residency, so practicing them throughout our Basic Sciences years not only can facilitate integration of concepts across classes, but also help gain valuable skills for the next steps of our medical careers. In addition to daily cases, during the Fall 2019 semester we will hold a Surgery Case Competition, a Transitional Medicine Research Symposium, a Psychiatric Crisis Clinic, as well as "Strain Your Brain" game show to make Step Prep a bit more fun.
Our main outreach program is starting the St. Kitts chapter of the International Brain Bee competition for local high school students. This is an excellent opportunity for us as medical students to practice sharing the knowledge we are acquiring in a way that is accessible and memorable - just like we need to be able to do when explaining disease, pathology, and treatment to patients with varying levels of science backgrounds.
We are always open to new ideas that would help advance our goals of enhancing medical knowledge and improving communication, so if you have something in mind let us know and we will make it happen!