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Medical Student Education Update

May 2022 - Volume VlI, Issue 3


University of Rochester 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 beMeliora 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:

Double Helix Curriculum

SMD Educational Objectives  

SMD Launches Self-Study as Part of M.D. Program Reaccreditation Process

The Self-Study Task Force will define priority areas and implement changes before we submit our institutional self-study summary report to the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) in June 2023. LCME conducts a peer-review process every eight years in which a survey team makes a recommendation on the medical school's performance. The LCME reviews the team's report and makes final decisions about performance and accreditation.

To learn more, click here.

Student News

School of Medicine & Dentistry Diploma Ceremony

Congratulations to the Class of 2022 who had their MD degrees conferred at University Commencement on May 13, 2022 at Fauver Stadium. This was followed by the School of Medicine & Dentistry's diploma ceremony on Saturday, May 14 at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

Click here view the SMD Diploma Ceremony and other events that took place throughout commencement weekend


Congratulations to medical student, Megan Betancourt whose article entitled "Consejos para Bajar y Prevenir la Presion Alta de Sangre" (Tips to Lower and Prevent High Blood Pressure) was published in the May, 2022 edition of CNY Latino.


Congratulations to medical student, Hashim Shaikh who was awarded the AΩA Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship. Hashim's research project focuses on 'Novel Use of a Health Integrated Knee Brace Device for Remote Rehabilitation Following Total Knee Arthroplasty'

Faculty News

Congratulations to Catherine Cerulli, JD, PhD who has been recognized as the senior faculty awardee for the Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Award. Established in 2010, these awards recognize URMC faculty and staff for significant contributions to the health of our communities through research, teaching, practice and/or service programs.

The awards reflect the mission of the Center for Community Health & Prevention and URMC to develop and expand community-university partnerships that support community-engaged research and interventions that reduce health inequities and improve communities' health. Awards are based on work done in the greater Rochester area and Finger Lakes region.

Click here to view information on all of the recipients.

Emergency Resources

AlertUR is the University's emergency notification system. In the event of an emergency, alerts are sent to the University community by phone call, text message, or email. All students and employees are automatically enrolled with their University email address. You can opt to provide other contact information by logging in to the system with your NetID.

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 URSMD

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.