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Medical Student Education Update

May 2021 - Volume VI, Issue 3


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:

Class of 2021 Match Results

On March 19, 2021, the Class of 2021 learned where they were headed for residency. Some interesting facts: 23 out of 93 students are completing their residency at URMC; 1 student will pursue research at URMC; 30 will complete their residency in New York; 29 states will receive SMD graduates, with California being the most (13), outside of New York.

See the specialties that students matched in below:

4 - Anesthesiology
1 - Child Neurology
2 - Dermatology
7 - Emergency Medicine
10 - Family Medicine
6 - General Surgery
9 - Internal Medicine
1 - Medicine-Emergency Medicine
7 - Medicine-Pediatrics
7 - Neurology
1 - Neurosurgery
5 - Obstetrics-Gynecology
1 - Ophthalmology
4 - Orthopaedic Surgery
1 - Otolaryngology
1 - Pathology
6 - Pediatrics
1 - Physical Medicine / Rehabilitation
2 - Plastic Surgery
7 - Psychiatry
3 - Radiology Diagnostic
3 - Transitional or Preliminary
3 - Vascular Surgery

School of Medicine & Dentistry Commencement

The URSMD Commencement Ceremony for the URSMD Class of 2021 was held on Friday, May 14 at 10:00 a.m. The students attended the in-person ceremony and it was live streamed for family, friends, and the community.

View the SMD Commencement Ceremony.

View the Class of 2021 Awards and Honors

Student News

Congratulations to upcoming Phase 3 medical student, Marissa LoCastro who was selected for the American Society of Hematology (ASH) Honors Award. Marissa has worked with Dr. Jason Mendler and Dr. Melissa Loh, looking at end of life care in patients with acute myeloid leukemia and myelodysplastic syndrome at Wilmot. In addition, a manuscript will be published soon. 

The ASH Honors Award contributes to the development of the next generation of hematologists by providing research funding for talented first-, second-, and third-year medical students as well as first- and second-year medical residents. 


Congratulations to Davina Ran-Moseley, third year medical student who has been selected as a recipient of a Women in Medicine (WIM) Leadership Scholarship for 2021.

Through its annual retreats, WIM engages a national community of lesbian, sexual minority women and gender expansive physicians & medical students and our families. WIM values cross-specialty continuing medical education, family-oriented community building activities, and professional mentorship.

Emergency Resources

RESTORE/Rape Crisis
(585) 546-2777

University Health Service
(585) 275-2662

University Counseling Center
(585) 275-3113

River Campus ID Office
(585) 275-3975

Medical Center ID Office
(585) 273-2000

University Parking
(585) 275-4524

(585) 273-4567

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 Phase 1 and Phase 2 medical students in primary care offices.

Please contact the Office of Curriculum and Assessment at (585) 275-0827 to discuss the different options available.