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Medical Student Education Update

October 2020 - Volume VI, Issue 1


Congratulations to the Alpha Omega Alpha Class of 2021


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 2021 students into the AOA.

Fatima Bawany, Thais Calderon. Margaret Fennell, Joshua Geiger, Jason Hwang, Catherine Jay, Allison Li, Michelle Liu, Hayley Martin, Kevin McGann, Tianna Negron, Claire Porterfield, Rebecca Royzer, Hannah Silva, Victor Wang, Michelle Woodcock.

Double Helix Curriculum

SMD Educational Objectives

Medical Student Education Policies  

Congratulations to the Gold Humanism Honor Society Class of 2021

The Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) recognizes students, residents and faculty who are exemplars of compassionate patient care and who serve as role models, mentors, and leaders in medicine. GHHS members are peer nominated and are the ones that others say they want taking care of their own family.

Membership in GHHS goes beyond selection and induction into an honor society. Its members have a responsibility to model, support, and advocate for compassionate, patient-centered care throughout their careers. The creation of a GHHS chapter signifies to the medical community that an institution places high value on the interpersonal skills and attitudes that are essential for the highest level of patient care.

It is with pleasure we announce the Class of 2021 Gold Humanism Honor Society recipients.

Michaela Barry, **Anna Bowen, 
Mary Buswell, **Scott Echternacht, 
Blythe Fiscella, **Celia Fung, **Susan Greenman, 
Mahima Iyengar, Catherine Jay, 
Michelle Liu, *Jessica Meyer, 
Chance Najera, Michelle Prong, 
Neel l Rana, David Tay, **Giap Vu, 
Angelina Winbush, *Veronica Yu

*elected by the class of 2021 - inducted with the class of 2022

**elected by the class of 2020 - inducted with the class of 2021

SMD Medical Student Virtual Research Poster Session

Our Annual Medical Student Research Poster Session will take place virtually this year and is scheduled for November 2-17, 2020. Come see what our medical students have accomplished during their summer and year-out research projects. Each student has worked very hard and would love to share their newfound knowledge with you.

Date: November 2 - 17, 2020


Contact Diane Frank with questions at  or 275-7923

New Course Directors in 2020-2021

The University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry welcomes the following new course directors:

Sarah Betstadt, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Course Director, Women's Health Course (Phase 2)

Marybeth Jones, MD, MS
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
Director, Primary Care Clerkship (Phase 2) 

Natasha Vadera, MD
Instructor, Family Medicine
Assistant Director, Primary Care Clerkship (Phase 2) 

Suzanne Karan, MD
Professor, Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
Director, Process of Discovery (Year 4) 

Jennifer Readlynn, MD
Assistant Professor, Hospital Medicine

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: