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Medical Student Education Update

January 2021 - Volume VI, Issue 2


Class of 2021 Alpha Omega Alpha Virtual Lecture and Induction Ceremony

You have been invited to participate in the Class of 2021 Alpha Omega Alpha Virtual Lecture and Induction Ceremony at 4 p.m. on Monday, February 8.

Live Stream Link:

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.

Keynote Speaker: Timothy E. Quill, MD, Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry, Medical Humanities and Nursing, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.  The title of Dr. Quill's talk is: "Ten Considerations as You Move to the Next Level of Training".

It is with great pride that we welcome the following students, residents and faculty as members of Alpha Omega Alpha.

Student Inductees

Fatima Bawany

Hayley Martin

Thais Calderon

Kevin McGann

Margaret Fennell

Tianna Negron

Joshua Geiger

Claire Porterfield

Jason Hwang

Rebecca Royzer

Catherine Jay

Hannah Silva

Allison Li

Victor Wang

Michelle Liu

Michelle Woodcock

Resident Inductees
Michele Sainvil, MD
Marika Toscano, MD

Faculty Inductees
Wunnie Brima, MD, PhD
Addisu Mesfin, MD

Alumnae Inductee
Harvey J. Alter, MD

Volunteer Clinical Faculty Inductee
Natercia R. Rodrigues, MD

Student News

Congratulations to 4th year medical student, Mary Buswell who received a 2021 STFM Foundation Student Scholarship from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM).

This scholarship is awarded to select students with a strong commitment to academic family medicine through scholastic, volunteer, and leadership pursuits. This award acknowledges the recipient's strong potential for a career in academic medicine.

STFM is a national community of academic leaders committed to developing a family medicine workforce prepared to serve as the foundation of America's health care system. STFM members include physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, behavioral health specialists, researchers, nurses, health system executives, administrators, fellows, residents, students, and others involved in the education of family physicians.


Congratulations to 3rd year medical student, Ramya Sampath who had a paper recently published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).  The opinion piece entitled "Always more to be done" was published in December.

Emergency Resources

Public Safety
(585) 275-3333 or x13 at any Blue Light Phone

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 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: