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Medical Student Education Update

September, 2018 - Volume IV, Issue 3


msed-2 Welcome to the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry's medical student education update. This quarterly newsletter is a way to keep you connected to medical student education. In this and future newsletters, you will learn about important medical student policies, curriculum updates and innovations, and student and faculty happenings. We greatly appreciate your dedication to medical education and hope that this newsletter will improve the way that we connect to and inform our community.

Welcome Class of 2022!

On August 17, we officially welcomed the medical school's Class of 2022 with the Annual White Coat Ceremony.  Click here to read about this unique class of medical students.

Harper's Magazine and @Rochester features SMD's Deaf Strong Hospital

On August 24, 2018 the first year medical students participated in an education activity entitled Deaf Strong Hospital.   During this four-hour session, students navigated through a mock health care system in which the primary language is American Sign Language (ASL).  In addition to a lecture and a small group debriefing, students also participated in a patient simulation in the Flaum Atrium.

Deaf Strong Hospital was featured in the September edition of Harper's Magazine and the August 28th edition of @Rochester.

SMD Opening Convocation

The School of Medicine and Dentistry welcomed the beginning of the new academic year with its annual Convocation ceremony. This formal academic ceremony highlighted our superb teaching and mentoring, top-notch research, outstanding academic performances, and excellence in patient care and community service.

Click here to view the award recipients.

Medical Education - Wellness and Resilience

As part of the URSMD's efforts to further promote student wellness and resilience, the school launched a Wellness and Resilience website. This website directs medical students to school and community resources that span several wellness categories: Physical, Mental and Emotional, Spiritual, Intellectual, Social, and Financial. The website is part of a larger effort of wellness and resilience activities overseen by the URSMD Wellness and Resilience Committee, chaired by Dr. Kathryn Castle (Assistant Dean for Student Affairs) and Dr. Tressa Newton (Wellness Administrator). The Wellness and Resilience Committee will meet throughout the academic year and gather feedback from faculty and the student body. This is an exciting step towards further supporting the wellness and resilience of our medical students. 

Please click here to visit the website. 

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 Polices

Students, residents and faculty should be aware of the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry 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: