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Medical Student Education Update

May, 2018 - Volume IV, Issue 2


msed-2 Welcome to the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry's medical student education update. This quarterly newsletter is a way to keep you connected to medical student education. In this and future newsletters, you will learn about important medical student policies, curriculum updates and innovations, and student and faculty happenings. We greatly appreciate your dedication to medical education and hope that this newsletter will improve the way that we connect to and inform our community.

Class of 2018 Match Results

On March 18, 2018, the Class of 2018 learned where they are headed for residency. Our students matched in the following areas:  

Specialty # of students    Specialty # of students
Anesthesiology 3   Ophthalmology 3
Dermatology 6   Otolaryngology 1
Emergency Medicine 4   Pathology 1
Emergency Medicine-Internal Medicine 1   Pediatrics 8
Family Medicine 11   Physical Medicine & Rehab 1
General Surgery 3   Plastic Surgery 3
Internal Medicine 19   Psychiatry 8
Medicine-Pediatrics 3   Radiology Diagnostic 3
Neurology 5   Radiation Oncology 1
Child Neurology 3   Transitional or Preliminary 1
Neurosurgery 2   Urology 1
Obstetrics-Gynecology 9      

For a complete match list and to view the Match Day 2018 video, please click here.


URSMD Commencement

School of Medicine commencement exercises will be held on Friday May 18 at 4:00 pm at Eastman Theatre. This year's Commencement Address will be given by URSMD alumnus, David B. Nash, MD, MBA.  The faculty speaker will be Dr. John Hansen and the student speaker will be Samuel Donovan.  Please contact Student Services at 275-4537 for more information. 

Student News

Tiffany Mark and Ryan Latulipe with their two Malawian friends in the village.Fourth year medical students, Tiffany Mark and Ryan Latulipe attended the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Conference where they won the Lancet-CUGH student poster competition for "Higher food insecurity scores associated with depressive symptoms in post-partum women with 4 and 5 month old infants in Malawi".  This work, and the two associated manuscripts in progress, were supported through URSMD's International Research Year Out program and built upon their prior work in Malawi, funded through URSMD's International Research Summer Out Program.  Tiffany and Ryan's mentors for their project were David H. Adler, MD, MPH and PhD candidate, Martina Anto-Ocrah. 

Faculty News - Primary Care Clerkship Transitions

Drs. Caren Gellin and Amy Potter will be stepping down as Assistant Directors of the Primary Care Clerkship as of July 1, 2018.
Dr. Gellin became an assistant director of PCC in 2012 and has been instrumental in updating all the course components that relate to pediatrics. She will become the pediatrics residency program director just in time to welcome the new intern class in June. Dr. Potter joined the PCC team in 2016 and has embraced all aspects of the position, teaching on women's health, pain management and health behavior guidelines among others. Following her passion for women's health, she will be transitioning to a larger role at Planned Parenthood. Both Dr. Potter and Dr. Gellin have been wonderful colleagues, role models, and teachers. We are so grateful for their contributions, and happy to say they'll both still teach medical students in their new roles.
We will be welcoming Dr. Marybeth Jones and Dr. Holly Russell as the new Assistant Directors in PCC.

Dr. Jones Dr. Jones received her MD from Temple University and completed a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency at the University of Pittsburgh, before coming to Rochester for a fellowship in general academic Pediatrics. During her fellowship she also completed a master's degree in Health Professions Education at UR. She has clinical practices at Strong Pediatrics and Culver Medical Group, and has a particular interest in systems to help young patients with chronic illness transition from pediatric to adult care settings. She has a longstanding interest in teaching medical students; has been engaged in PCC small group teaching, precepting, and served as an advisor to the Pediatrics interest group.

Dr. RusselDr. Russell received her MD from the University of Rochester School of Medicine (Class of 2007). She went on to complete a  Family Medicine residency at Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster PA, before returning to Rochester for a faculty development fellowship in Family Medicine and a master's degree in Clinical Investigation at UR. Holly has her clinical practice at Highland Family Medicine, and will leave her role as the Assistant Residency Program Director in Family Medicine to join us in PCC. She has interests in research, group visits, nutrition and exercise to help patients with weight loss, and primary care-based treatment of opioid use disorders. She has been teaching on some of these topics in PCC in recent years.


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 and 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: