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Medical Student Education Update

June 2020 - Volume V, Issue 4


Class of 2020 Match Results

On March 20, 2020, the Class of 2020 learned where they were headed for residency. Our students matched in the following areas:



Orthopaedic Surgery


Child Neurology


Pathology - Anatomic and Clinical






Emergency Medicine


Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation


Family Medicine


Plastic Surgery Integrated


General Surgery




Internal Medicine


Radiology - Diagnostic


Internal Medicine/Pediatrics


Surgery - General


Neurological Surgery


Thoracic Surgery




Transitional Year


Obstetrics & Gynecology







For a complete match list, please click here.

Congratulations to the Class of 2020

A message from faculty and staff

Due to COVID19, the SMD Class of 2020 officially had their degrees conferred on April 8 2020.  In celebration of them, the faculty and staff at the University of Rochester School of Medicine put this special video message together for them.

Virtual SMD Commencement

Sadly, due to the impact of COVID19, we were unable to host in person Commencement Ceremony or Final Class Exercise for the URSMD Class of 2020.

Please see below information about SMD's Virtual Commencement Ceremony that took place at noon on Friday, May 15, 2020 as we came together to celebrate our medical school graduates.

A video message from President Sarah C. Mangelsdorf to all University graduates is featured on the University's Class of 2020 degree conferral website and followed by a message from Rich Handler, chair of the University's Board of Trustees.  In addition, there is a separate School of Medicine and Dentistry celebration page featuring a message from the dean and a link to the SMD Medical Education website where you can view the Class of 2020 Virtual Commencement Ceremony. 

Student News

Second year medical student, Jess Hubert has been elected Chair of the Medical Student Section Officers for the Medical Society of the State of New York. In addition, second year medical student, Leanna Knight has been elected as a delegate to the American Medical Association House of Delegates for the Medical Student Section the Medical Society of the State of New York.

Congratulations to these medical students for taking on regional and national leadership positions!

Faculty News

Ralph Jozefowicz, MDRalph Jozefowicz, MD, Professor of Neurology and Medicine and Associate Chair for Education in the Department of Neurology is the recipient of a Fulbright Teaching Scholar Award for 2021.  This award will allow him to spend five months in Krakow, Poland, teaching neurosciences and clinical neurology at Jagiellonian University Medical College (JUMC).  In addition, Dr. Józefowicz will also assist the JUMC administration with curricular reform and enhancement of clinical teaching as JUMC in light of the recent opening of a new 900+ bed university hospital outside Krakow.

This is the second Fulbright Teaching Scholar award for Dr. Józefowicz, who received his first award in 1992.  That award, also spent at JUMC, resulted in his establishing our medical exchange program between JUMC and the University of Rochester School of Medicine.  Since the program's inception in 1995, 162 UR medical students and 94 UR neurology residents have taught neurology in Krakow, and 198 Jagiellonian University students have participated in clinical electives at UR.  In addition, 12 medical exchange conferences between these institutions have taken place in both Rochester and Krakow. 

Jagiellonian University is the second oldest university in central Europe having been founded in 1364.  Its most famous alumni include Copernicus and Pope John Paul II. In 2003, Dr. Józefowicz was made an Honorary Professor of Jagiellonian University, and in 2014, he received the "Merentibus" Medal from Jagiellonian University "for great services rendered to the Jagiellonian University to a person or institution from both Poland and abroad." 

We congratulate Dr. Józefowicz on his award and look forward to continuing and strengthening this exchange.

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 Phase 1 and Phase 2 medical students in primary care offices.
  • Faculty observation during clinical assessments

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: