Trainee Handbook Table of Contents Introduction to the School of Medicine and Dentistry Getting Started Policies and Benefits Non-Academic Resources Academic Resources Diversity International Trainee Resources Activities and Organizations Center for Professional Development PhD Program Handbooks Introduction to the School of Medicine and Dentistry General Information Acronyms and Lingo common at the University of Rochester History of the School of Medicine and Dentistry Organizational Structure of the University of Rochester Quick Facts about the University of Rochester and the Medical Center Senior Administration at the University of Rochester Campus Maps Interactive University of Rochester Map (all campuses) Medical Center rooms Contact Information Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs Contacts PhD and Master's Degree Program Contacts Faculty/Staff Directory Getting Started Getting Started for Graduate Students Let us be among the many to congratulate and welcome you to graduate school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry! We’re planning an informative and entertaining orientation program that will introduce you to life as a University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry graduate student. Throughout the fall, you will be faced with many new challenges and decisions. We hope to make your transition to graduate school a smooth one and prepare you for the wealth of exciting opportunities that will come before you. Please be sure to review our Trainee Handbook for information about your transition to the University of Rochester and to Rochester, New York. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us at 585.275.4522 or email us. We are here to help! We look forward to your arrival! Sincerely, Edith M. Lord, PhD Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education and the Office for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs Staff Getting Started Checklist Review the Getting Started Checklist for some of the most important first steps in your graduate school career. For Students Starting in the Spring of 2015 A formal orientation program is not held for students starting in the spring semester. Students may reference the Getting Started Checklist above and also work with the SMD Registrar and the Graduate Program Administrator to get started during the spring semester. For Students Starting in the Fall of 2015 International Student Orientation Program Wednesday | August 19, 2015 School of Medicine and Dentistry Graduate Student Orientation Monday | August 24, 2015 Program-Specific Orientation Schedules PhD and Master's* Degree Orientation Schedule *see below for Marriage and Family Therapy and Master of Public Health Student Services Overview Schedule Marriage and Family Therapy Orientation Schedule Master's of Public Health Orientation Schedule Getting Started for Postdoctoral Appointees Welcome and congratulations on your appointment as a Postdoctoral Appointee at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry! The Office for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs (GEPA) is the central office that supports the postdoctoral community in the School of Medicine and Dentistry. GEPA is here to help you, so please be sure to contact us if you have any questions, concerns, suggestions, etc. While your Departmental Administrator will take care of the vast majority of details that must be attended to in order for you to get started with our institution, we in GEPA would also like to highlight a few important resources and opportunities: Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training Postdoctoral appointees are required to complete RCR education by completing the Ethics and Professional Integrity in Research course. The training must be completed as soon as possible upon the start of your appointment; the course is held during the Fall semester each year. Policy and Waiver Information Health Insurance Postdoctoral Associates (job code 0093) If you have not already done so, please make sure to attend the upcoming Benefits Orientation facilitated by the Office of Human Resources. You must sign up for health insurance within 30 days of hire. Postdoctoral Fellows (job code 0095) and Visiting Postdoctoral Fellows (job code 0094) You have the option of participating in a comprehensive health plan offered by the University Health Service. Visit the University Health Service (UHS) website for detailed information. A dental plan is also available through Eastman Dental and the Strong Memorial Hospital Department of Dentistry. URMC Postdoctoral Association The URMC Postdoctoral Association (PDA) provides career development, networking and professional recognition opportunities. Getting involved in a PDA committee also provides invaluable real-world administrative experience that will look great on your CV! We encourage you to get involved with yoUR PDA; your email address will automatically be added to the PDA distribution list by GEPA. Read the latest PDA Newsletter. Quick Reference Guide to Resources and Services Take a look at the program from our Resources and Services Expo to learn about some of the key resources available to you here at the U of R! Online Trainee Handbook The GEPA online Trainee Handbook contains a wealth of information that will help you get to know the University of Rochester, the School of Medicine and Dentistry and everything we have to offer! Make sure to review this valuable resource.