Friday, November 9, 2012

Festival of Trees Info.

Hello Ladies,

The Holiday Season is quickly approaching which means Festival of Trees will be here before we know it!  We need help decorating MSA's "Gift of Love" to Primary Children's (AKA our TREE)!  Please help us NEXT Thursday, 11/15, 4pm-6pm, Emily Dowdle's church ~ 2125 E Evergreen Ave (3400 s).  We are hoping to have the tree finished by 6pm so we need everyone's help!  Kids are welcome and we will have drinks and snacks to share.  If you have Halloween candy leftover a treat to share - please bring it!

We will deliver the tree and finish set up at the ST Expo center on 11/26.   If you are interested in helping with the final set up on 11/26 or have questions about decorating next Thursday (11/15) please contact me directly -

Our 2012 tree has a Disney theme ~ please help us put it together next Thursday!!!!!!  

If you are not familiar with Festival of Trees here is a bit of history...
For 42 years, the Festival of Trees has been a “Gift of Love” to children at Primary Children's Medical Center.  The Festival is organized by a volunteer board of 85 women who enlist time and talents from thousands of individuals, organizations (LIKE MSA!), businesses, and families throughout Utah.  Over $30.8 million has been raised for children at Primary Children’s Medical Center through the Festival since 1971, with $1,655,931.40 raised in 2011.

or check out their site for details on this year's festival

We hope see everyone next week!

Kati Wagner and Emily Dowdle

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Service Activity

 Soles 4 Souls/Cards to Soldiers Service Activity
 Thanks for all of the help at the service activity! It was a success! :)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Sept. Playgroup Pics

Fun at the Zoo for the September Playgroup!
Be sure to join the fun at Playgroup in November - Great Harvest Bread tour (Thurs. 8th).

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Witches Night Out

Hey ladies!! It is getting close to that time of year....Witches Night Out!!!! For those of you that have not gone to this before, you are in for a real treat!! It is sooooo much fun, more fun than I can describe in this email ;) I am trying to get a head count. We will be going on October 27th @ 7:00pm and will go til around 10:30 but you are more than welcome to leave as early as you need. It is $5 per car (free to get in though) so it might be nice to carpool as much as we can, it will be more fun that way anyways :) So if you ladies can email me back if you can make it that would fantastic and also let me know if you are willing to drive. I REALLY hope all of you girls can make it, it will be such a fun getaway from those adorable kids of ours, work and school!!! We love you all so much and hope you are all surviving :) Happy Halloween girls!!!!!!

Love Liz Pratt

Oh....a few girls mentioned wanting to go to dinner before hand, if you are interested in that let me know that too so we can put girls that want to go to dinner in the same cars :)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

October Service Project

We just wanted to let you know that our October service project is coming up. We are going to be working with the Soles4Souls Foundation. For those of you that have not heard of this... it is such a wonderful cause and we are so grateful to be a part of it. We really want to encourage you to bring your families, we are having the children make cards for our soldiers over in Afghanistan and there will also be lots of yummy treats to enjoy!! Everything you need to know about this night is listed below. Hailey and Nicole have done such an amazing job with setting all of this up for all of us to enjoy, we hope you are all able to come out and show your support. We would like to ask each of you to tell as many people as you can. You can simply call and/or email out to family and friends and hopefully we can get as many people to contribute as possible! We rock ladies, let's see how many shoes we can collect and how many smiles we can bring to our soldiers faces :) We love you girls and hope to see you all very soon!!
Love, Liz & Liz
When: October 11th (Thursday)
Time: 5:00pm
Where: University 1st Stake Center
            420 Mario Capecchi Dr.
            Salt Lake City, UT 84112

"Soles4Souls is a Nashville-based charity that collects shoes from the warehouses of footwear companies and the closets of people like you. The charity distributes these shoes to people in need, regardless of race, religion, class, or any other criteria. Since 2005, Soles4Souls has delivered over 19 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes. The shoes have been distributed to people in over 125 countries, including Kenya, Thailand, Nepal and the United States."

Any kind of shoe can be donated, even mismatched pairs. " When we receive the shoes you collect, we will grade them according to the condition. "A" grade shoes are "like new" or "gently worn" and will be delivered to victimes of natural disasters or abject poverty. "B" and "C" grade shoes require clean up or repair and will be sent to developing nations to support people escaping poverty through their own micro-enterprise business."

**If people are unable to make it to our event on the 11th, below are 3 locations were you can stop by and drop them off.
The drop off locations are:

The Little Gym of Sandy
8010 South 1300 E
Sandy, Utah 84094

The Little Gym of Draper
12332 South 450 E 
Draper, Utah 84020

The Little Gym of NE Salt Lake City
1400 South Foothill Drive
Suit 205
Salt Lake City, Utah 84108

Sunday, September 16, 2012

MSA Activities 2012-2013

MSA Activities for 2012-2013

*Tentative dates/activities

-Playgroup: Zoo (Fri. 21st)

-Playgroup: Gardner Village (Wed. 3rd)
-Service: Soles 4 Souls/Notes to soldiers
-Cooking club: Fall Treats (Thurs. 25th)

-Playgroup: Story time & picnic (Thurs. 8th)
-Service: Festival of Trees decorating

-Happy Holidays!

-Playgroup: Taffy Town (Mon. 14th)
-Service: Animal blankets/tie quilts
-Cooking Club: Easy Winter Soups (Wed. 30th)

-Playgroup: Great Harvest Bakery Tour (Tues. 5th)
-Day at the Legislature (Thurs. 7th)
-Service: "I Spy" bottles for kids at PCMC
-Medical Marriages Night

-Playgroup: Clark Planetarium (Wed. 13th)
-Service: Pillowcases for PCMC
-Cooking Club: Quick delicious appetizers (Tues. 26th)

-Playgroup: Easter Egg Hunt (Fri. 5th)
-Service: Coloring packets for kids at PCMC
-Closing Social

Friday, September 14, 2012

About the MSA

The MSA is part of the national service organization called the American Medical Association (AMA) Alliance.  This alliance, a sister organization to the AMA, is broken down into state and county alliances. In Utah, we also have a Resident branch and a Medical Student branch (that's us). We work with the state and national organizations to promote good legislation for physicians and patients, to encourage and present community health programs and service, and so forth. As spouses/significant others of medical students, we also take this time to lift up, serve, and support each other and our medical students through this challenging time. We hold enlightening and helpful lectures/panel discussions, worthwhile service projects, fun interest groups, and even a free date night here and there.  The MSA gives members a small introduction to an organization that is available to be part of the rest of your life. Through all of these things, we hope to promote healthy and happy medical families now and for the future.

Get ready to have a great year with MSA...helping your life and others!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

UMAA Conference

The day after the MSA Opening Social, there is the Utah Medical Association Alliance (UMAA) Conference.  The UMAA is a group of physician's spouses dedicated to the healthcare and families in Utah.  It is a chapter of the American Medical Association Alliance (AMAA).  Some of your husbands may be part of AMA.    

The conference takes place on Friday September 14th at the Salt Lake Hilton Hotel.  Basically there will be lots of physician's spouses there celebrating the past 80 years of the UMAA and talking about our future.  There are some recently proposed changes meant to simplify the state organization in order to better serve and support medical families.  That is us, we are the upcoming medical families!  Sariah Hillam is the incoming UMAA president.  A few of us have met her.  She is awesome, young, has four young children, and is very much connected with our age group.  Sariah is a great mentor and friend.  It is awesome to know someone who has been through the journey alongside her husband of med school, residency, and now practicing medicine.      

The conference agenda is as follows:

8:30 am  Registration
9:00 am  State Alliance Business (They will discuss changes mentioned above.  Some UMAA members filled out a survey last spring.  Results and board recommendations can be found on the UMAA website by scrolling down past the dates to remember on the Calendar of Events here.)
10:30 am  Speaker Jonathan Boone (national presenter on family/work/service life balance)
11:30 am Luncheon

The UMAA has graciously offered to pay for each medical student spouse that is interested in going.  The lunch will be salad, oregano chicken, summer berry sabayon. 

Please RSVP by Monday September 10th if you would like to attend.  There are some ladies that cannot attend, but have offered to watch other people's kids.  If that applies to you, please let us know.  Have a great day!

Liz, Kate, and Liz
MSA Presidency

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

MSA Opening Social


If you answered yes, MSA is a perfect way to help your SPOUSE have a positive experience during medical school.

Who we are:
A group of spouses/significant others of University of Utah medical students. We are a chapter of the American Medical Association Alliance (AMAA), a national organization for physician’s spouses.

What we provide:
- New friends and support for the spouses of medical students
- Social events
- Health-related community service
- Interest groups (cooking club, playgroup, etc.)
- Opportunities to promote good legislation for health care

Come meet others who understand what it’s like being married to a medical student
at the

Date: Thursday, September 13, 2012
Time: 6-8pm
Place: Health Science Education Building (HSEB), Alumni Hall
-Babysitters provided-

Questions?  Please call or email:

Liz Pratt                                                      Kate Stoker
Co-President                                            Co-President
435-851-6832                                       801-687-5283               

MSA email:
MSA blog:

2012 Theme: “Bee active…Bee there”

Thank you!

All School Picnic

Greetings UUSOM Classes of 2013, 2014, and 2015!

You are all invited to the 2012 All School Picnic at the Fairmont Park
Main Grove Pavilion (2163 S. 900 E.) on Wednesday, August 15 at 5pm!
Come and enjoy all the food, fun, and socializing. The menu includes
burgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, watermelon, and Creamies. For fun
there will be a rock wall to climb, games like ultimate Frisbee, and
there is even a playground for all the kids. A good time will be had
by all! Above is a reminder flier for your viewing pleasure.

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Class of 2015 Leadership

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Reminder: Auction Donations

Hello Ladies,

Just a reminder to bring your donations with you to cooking club on Thursday. Hope to see you there and thank you for all you've done to gather donations for MSA.

-Michelle Chestnut

Cooking Club TONIGHT (Jan19th)

Hi Everyone again!
Just reminding you that Cooking Club is this coming Thursday at 7:30pm.  The theme is soups, salads, and breads. It is at my house (Michelle Schmidt). I will plan on making a soup.  You don't have to feel like you need to bring a whole pot of soup or a whole batch of rolls or breadsticks etc., just bring some left after you feed your family dinner.  If you don't want or have time to make stuff come anyway to just get out and chat.  Don't feel like you have to bring something.  We would love if you all brought (or preferably e-mailed Lynnae Hymas to put in the the recipe you make or your favorite soup and bread recipes. You can include as many as you would like.  Hope to see lots of you!

My address:
2965 S. (3200 E.)  Gloria St Salt Lake City, UT 84109.  Coming from foothill take the 3300 S. exit off of I-215 and head westbound. Turn right (North) at Valley Street or 3300 E.  This is the street that runs between Smith's Marketplace, McDonald's and REI.  Head north on that street until Joyce Drive and turn left, then right on to Gloria St.  It is the third house on the right.  It is gray with a big window in front.  Michelle's cell is 801-674-6554 if you have any questions.


***Also, let me know if any of you are planning on bringing your kids. You are absolutely more than welcome to but I just wanted to know so I would know if I should keep my kids up to play with them or not.