In 2012, Lazaros Yiannos, Class of 2014, smiled for cameras as 18 months of hair growth was shaved off within minutes.
The Wayne State University School of Medicine’s Class of 2015 has bravely embraced a hairy year-end tradition established four years ago by the Class of 2011.
Buzz it for Boards, set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 19 in the Scott Hall cafeteria alcove adjacent to room 1358, is an annual charity event organized by second-year medical students. The fifth annual fundraiser allows M2s to let loose, relieve some stress and either buzz, cut and donate, or dye their hair for a good cause before taking the United States Medical Licensing Examination Step I in June. Other class years, faculty and staff are invited to attend and participate as well. Haircutting and head shaving will be performed by professional hair stylists.
“I think we all look forward to the event because it is another way to give back to charity and the community. Sometimes we can get so caught up in studying, classes and exams that we may forget why we are actually doing all of this work. This event is a great reminder of why we are here,” said Matthew Falkiewicz, Class of 2015 Student Senate president. The second-year medical student will be buzzing his already short hair, he said.
“As physicians, we will be dedicating our lives to service and bettering our communities through health awareness and quality care. It is very important to get involved in the community, especially in cities like Detroit,” he added.
The 2013 Buzz it for Boards will benefit Alternatives for Girls, a Detroit-based nonprofit serving homeless and at-risk girls and young women since 1987. Services include shelter, street outreach, educational support, vocational guidance, mentoring, prevention efforts and counseling, all designed to empower young women to make positive choices. The charity was chosen by the Class of 2015, which wanted Buzz it for Boards’ donations to stay in Detroit. For more information, visit www.alternativesforgirls.org.
“We really liked their message of prevention, outreach and shelter for a specifically vulnerable population in Detroit,” Falkiewicz said. “They do a number of things for at-risk females in Detroit, including health awareness, shelter, increasing self-esteem, helping with school, safe rides to different areas and more. All of these can be life changing, and will allow these at-risk females to live healthier, safer and more productive lives.”
As a whole, Buzz it for Boards has raised more than $10,000 for charities since 2009, including $6,100 last year. Donations will be accepted at the event. To donate to the cause in advance, visit http://www.razoo.com/team/Wayne-State-Buzz-It-For-Boards-2013.The USMLE is a comprehensive national medical exam that tests medical students on everything they’ve learned during years one and two of medical school. Students begin studying for it as early as the fall before, and ramp up studying after completing coursework in May. It’s one of three exams required to become a licensed practicing physician in the U.S. Students must pass it to move on to clinical years three and four of medical school.