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Medical Student Education Update

July, 2019 - Volume V, Issue 1


msed-2Transition to the new curriculum:
Double Helix Curriculum: Translations and Transitions

DHC LogoOver four years, the "Double Helix Curriculum-Translations and Transitions" teaches the scientific foundations and clinical medicine and how they translate to exceptional care. The scientific foundations of medicine over the four phases of the DHC-TT include basic, social, and informational sciences. Earlier in the curriculum the basic sciences are emphasized and as the curriculum progresses, the social and informational sciences become the more prominent scientific foundations content.
Students develop communication and clinical skills quickly with our early clinical exposure. Drawing upon the University motto of "Meliora-ever better", Meliora in Medicine is a curriculum thread across the four years that includes our Medical Humanities and three content pillars: Collaborative Practice, Technology in Medicine, and Professional Identity Formation. Ample elective time enables each student to tailor their experiences to meet educational and career goals.

For additional information on the new curriculum, please click here

Class of 2019 Match Results & Commencement

On March 15, 2019, the Class of 2019 learned where they are headed for residency. Our students matched in the following areas: 


# of students



# of students




Pathology 1
Dermatology 1   Pediatrics 9

Emergency Medicine



Plastic Surgery (Integrated) 1
Family Medicine 4   Psychiatry 9
Internal Medicine 23


Radiology Diagnostic 3




Radiation Oncology 2



Radiology-Internentional 1
Neurosurgery 1   Surgery, General 4




Thoracic Surgery 1
Ophthalmology 2


Transitional or Preliminary 1




Urology 1
Orthopaedic Surgery 3



For a complete match list and to view the Match Day 2019 video, please click here.

URSMD Commencement took place on Friday, May 17 at the Eastman Theatre.  Congratulations to the Class of 2019!  We wish them well as they begin their next chapter. To view photos from the Univeristy of Rochester's Commencement Weekend, please click here.

Student News

Congratulations to fourth year medical student, Armond Collins who has been selected as a recipient of the 2019 Physicians of Tomorrow Underrepresented in Medicine Scholarship.  The scholarship is provided by the American Medical Association Foundation rewards academic achievement and financial need by providing tuition assistance assistance to extraordinary medical students entering their fourth year of studies.  The selection committee was impressed by Armond's scholastic, personal, and professional accomplishments.

The AMA Foundation advances public health and medical scholarship through philanthropic support of physician-directed initiatives. Some of the Foundation's current programs include scholarships, healthy lifestyles grants, and grants to support free clinics. To learn more about the Foundation, visit

Faculty News

New Latino Health Pathway Director

Dr. Jimena Cubillos has stepped down as the Director of the Latino Health Pathway. Dr. Cubillos worked to strengthen the pathway through clarification of objectives and requirements including experiences with interpreters and assessments with standardized patients. We thank her for her years of dedication.

We would like to welcome Daniel Yawman MD MPH FAAP as the new Director of the Latino Health Pathway. Dr. Yawman graduated from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Buffalo School of Medicine. He subsequently returned to his hometown of Rochester to complete his residency in pediatrics and subsequent MPH studies at the University of Rochester. He has received several teaching awards including an Alpha Omega Alpha award in 2013. Dr. Yawman is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics who works in primary care pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine and he has had a long-standing interest in serving the Latino population. For the past 14 years he has taught the Latino Culture, Health, and Language course through the Division of Medical Humanities and Bioethics. Although he is a native of Rochester, he has family roots in Costa Rica and has worked clinically in Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Belize, and Costa Rica. He has sponsored over 30 international electives for medical students and residents at the University of Rochester.

Clerkship and Sub-Internship Directors

Instruction for the 3rd and 4th year medical students began on July 8, 2019.  As we usher in the 2019-2020 Academic Year, please see the Clerkship and Sub-Internship Directors below.


Internal Medicine Clerkship
Director: Dr. Amy Blatt
Associate Director: Dr. Jennifer Pascoe

General Surgery Clerkship
Director: Dr. Roan Glocker

OB/GYN Clerkship
Director: Dr. Colby Previte

Pediatrics Clerkship
Director: Dr. Christina Sollinger
Associate Director: Dr. Megan Rashid
Associate Director: Dr. Cynthia Christy

Psychiatry Clerkship
Director: Dr. Laura S. Cardella
Assistant Director: Dr. Aspen Ainsworth

Neurology Clerkship
Director: Dr. Robert Stone
Co-Director: Dr. Ralph Jozefowicz

Emergency Medicine Clerkship
Director: Dr. Julie Pasternack


Medicine Sub-Internship
Director: Dr. Jennifer Readlynn

OB/GYN Sub-Internship 
Director: Dr. Kristen Burhans

Pediatrics Sub-Internship
Director: Dr. Jake J. Deines

Surgery Sub-Internship 
Director: Dr. Nicole Stassen

Neurology Sub-Internship
Director: Dr. Robert Stone
Co-Director: Dr. Ralph Jozefowicz

Urology Sub-Internship
Director: Dr. Thomas Frye

Family Medicine Sub-Internship
Director: Dr. Elizabeth Brown

ENT Sub-Internship
Director: Dr. Glenn Schneider

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: