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Medical Student Education Update

September 2023 - Volume IX, Issue 1


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  

Student News

Alpha Omega Alpha Class of 2024


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 2024 students into the AOA.

Shreya Bhasin
Chavy Chiang
Devon Clark
John Cliburn
Sarah Crowe
Kevin Dillon
Carly Eiduson
Samuel Florentino
  Macy Goldbach
Patricia (Tricia) Jacobson
Japsimran Kaur
Howard (Mark) Kenney
Kathleen Krieg
Caroline Maretz
Dennis Phan
Malavika (Malu) Satheesh
William Serratelli
Shalini Shah
Hashim Shaikh
Anna (Ania) Stolarczyk
Tiffany (Tiff) Ting




Phase 4 student, Edgar I. Alaniz-Cantu has been selected as a recipient of the 2023 American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation Underrepresented in Medicine Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarship.

Phase 4 student, Kevin Dillon received the Medical Society of the State of New York/Dr. Duane and Joyce Cady Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarship.

Phase 4 student, Jonnby LaGuardia has been selected as a recipient of the 2023 American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarship.

Medical School Reaccreditation


The onsite LCME survey visit is October 16th-18th. The LCME team will be meeting with members of the medical school community. Thank you to everyone for their contributions in serving on committees, reviewing drafts, completing surveys, and meeting with the accreditation team.

Faculty News


New Course Directors


The University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry welcomes the following new course, clerkship, and acting-internship directors:

Amit S. Dhamoon, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Department of Medicine, Hospital Medicine
Assistant Director, Primary Care Clerkship (Phase 2)

Caroline Donohue, MD
Senior Instructor, Department of Family Medicine
Director, Family Medicine Acting-Internship (Phase 4)

Katlyn McBride, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Geriatrics/Aging
Assistant Director, Foundations of Biopsychosocial Practice (Phase 1)

Meghan Train, DO
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Hospital Medicine
Assistant Director, Meliora in Medicine (Phase 1 & 2)

Natalie Whaley, MD
Assistant Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Director, Obstetrics & Gynecology Clerkship (Phase 3)

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.

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 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.