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Medical Student Education Update

October, 2019 - Volume V, Issue 2


URSMD Assessment of Professionalism

Assessment plays an essential role in the education of students at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (URSMD). Assuring students' progress toward and coursemeeting the school's overall education objectives, including those relating to professionalism, is an ongoing, dynamic, and critical endeavor that is fundamental to the practice of medicine. With respect to professionalism, the school seeks to foster, teach, and assess attributes that are aligned with the institution's IICARE commitment (Integrity, Inclusion, Compassion, Accountability, Respect, Excellence). Throughout the four-year curriculum, medical school faculty, residents, preceptors, and others assessing medical students, are tasked with providing formative and summative feedback to students regarding their commitment to and demonstration of the core IICARE tenets. To guide such assessment, the school has detailed examples of specific behaviors that are linked to the institution's IICARE tenets of professionalism.


  • Listens to and invites other ideas and perspectives
  • Considers and identifies personal beliefs and biases
  • Is cooperative and open-minded


  • Attends required educational and patient care activities
  • Uses social media responsibly
  • Recognizes colleagues


  • Is courteous
  • Is empathetic, attentive and present
  • Demonstrates curiosity


  • Follows through and ensures completion of tasks
  • Acknowledges mistakes
  • Promotes a culture and environment of physical and emotional safety
  • Recognizes and respects boundaries


  • Treats others equitably
  • Respects other's autonomy
  • Speaks respectfully
  • Provides respectful and constructive feedback


  • Identifies areas for growth
  • Engages in ongoing acquisition of knowledge
  • Meets and exceeds goals
  • Takes responsibility for own well-being

New Course Directors in 2019-2020

The University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry welcomes the following new course directors:

Valerie J. Lang, MD, MHPE
Associate Professor, Medicine
Director, Meliora in Medicine (All four years)

Jaclyn Morrison, MD
Assistant Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Course Director, Women's Health Course (2nd year)

Meghan Train, DO
Assistant Professor, Medicine 
Director, Patient Safety, Quality, and Inter-professional Communication (Second and Third Year) 

Inna Hughes, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Neurology and Pediatrics
Course Director, Mind, Brain, Behavior Basic Science Block (Third Year)

Student News

Congratulations to the Alpha Omega Alpha 
Class of 2020

Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA), founded in 1902, is the national medical honor society. Dedicated to the belief that in the profession of medicine we will improve care for all by recognizing high educational achievement, honoring gifted teaching, encouraging the development of leaders along with supporting the ideals of humanism while promoting service to others.

Election to Alpha Omega Alpha is an honor signifying a lasting commitment to professionalism, leadership, scholarship, research, and community service. A lifelong honor, membership in the society confers recognition for a physician's dedication to the profession and art of healing.

It is with great pride that we announce the election of the following Class of 2020 students into the AOA.

Brian Ayers, Christine Dziwis, Laurence Ge, Ariana Goodman, Ramya Kaushik, Thomas Kearns, Casey Lower, Bryan Merte, Drew Mitchell, Maxwell Modrak, Luis Monterroso, Abigail Ritter, Katherine Stewart, Stephanie Syc-Mazurek, Samuel, Tomlinson, Kwanza Warren, and Rachel Yestrebi

Congratulations to the Gold Humanism Honor Society
Class of 2020

The Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) recognizes students, residents and faculty who are exemplars of compassionate patient care and who serve as role models, mentors, and leaders in medicine. GHHS members are peer nominated and are the ones that others say they want taking care of their own family.

Membership in GHHS goes beyond selection and induction into an honor society. Its members have a responsibility to model, support, and advocate for compassionate, patient-centered care throughout their careers. The creation of a GHHS chapter signifies to the medical community that an institution places high value on the interpersonal skills and attitudes that are essential for the highest level of patient care.

It is with pleasure we announce the Class of 2020 Gold Humanism Honor Society recipients.

Phebe Lore Alley, Bethanne Bartscherer, Monica Brown-Ramos, Armond Collins, Jeffrey Norris Collins, Ellen Embick, Catherine Lyman Harmer, Thomas Hollowed, Henry T. Keenan, Alap Patel, and Sean Paul Schlosser

Congratulations to Noorullah Maqsoodi who has been awarded an AMA Physician of Tomorrow Scholarship

The AMA Foundation Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarship provides $10,000 scholarships to students entering their final year of medical school.

Annual Medical Student Research Poster Session

The poster session will feature summer and year-out students that applied for grant funding through the Offices of Medical Education (or other venues) and completed research to present their findings. 

Date: Monday, October 21

Time: 1:00-3:00 pm.

Location: Flaum Atrium

Faculty News

Congratulations to URSMD Deaf Health Pathway Director and Emergency Medicine physician, Dr. Jason Rotoli whose online video pilot for deaf patients has expanded to affiliate Emergency Departments, Urgent Cares, and Primary Care. Please click here to read the full story. 

Giving Feedback

The following videos, prepared by the Committee on Media Creation for Giving Effective Feedback at URSMD, provide a resource for faculty, residents, preceptors, small group leaders, and tutors in giving feedback to students.

Teaching Opportunities at the University of Rochester School of Medicine

There are many opportunities to teach medical students at URSMD.  Different formats and options include:

  • Clinical teaching in the clerkships
  • Small Group teaching
  • Serving as a Problem Based Learning tutor
  • Serving as preceptor for 1st and 2nd year medical students in primary care offices.

Please contact the Office of Curriculum and Assessment at 275-0827 to discuss the different options available.

School of Medicine & Dentistry Policies 

The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (URSMD) has updated and revised important medical student policies. Students, residents and faculty should be aware of these policies to optimize the learning environment.  Policies and Procedures are located, in full, in the URSMD student handbook. The Teacher-Learner polices can be directly accessed by visiting: