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Medical Student Education Update

January, 2019 - Volume V, Issue 1


msed-2Congratulations to the Class of 2019 Alpha Omega Alpha inductees!

Alpha Omega Alpha, founded in 1902, is the national medical honor society. 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.


Double Helix Curriculum

SMD Educational Objectives

Course/Clerkship Objectives

Medical Student Education Policies

Students: Naba Ali, Avionna Baldwin, Mariah Blegen (co-president), Clayton Buback, Taylor D'Amore, Anisha Gundewar, Katherine Herman, Alexandra Huttler (co-president), Michelle Lawson, Joseph Lee, Nguyen Mai, Benjamin Plog, Michelle Shankar, Daniel Underberg, Kathleen Vaughan, Carla Velarde, Holden Wagstaff

Residents: Matthew R. Leach, MD (Neurology) and Kathleen Munger, MD (Neurology)

Faculty: Martha J. Gdowski, PhD (Neuroscience) and Justin L. Hopkin, MD (Medicine)

Alumnus: Carolyn E. Jones, MD (Surgery)

Volunteer Clinical Faculty: Patrick Gibbons, MD (Psychiatry)

You are invited to attend the annual AOA lecture on Thursday, February 12 from 4:00-5:00 pm in the Class of '62 Auditorium. The keynote speaker is Dr. Judith F. Baumhauer, Professor of Orthopaedics at URSMD. For additional information, please contact Diane Frank, Director of Student Services at 275-7923.

Gold Humanism Honor Society Class of 2019

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.

It is with pleasure we announce the Class of 2019 Gold Humanism Honor Society recipients: 

Rohini Bhatia, Mariah Blegen, Clayton Buback, Abigail Clarkson-During, Justin Graf, Kiera Hayes, Jamal Jefferson, Peter Juviler, Jennifer Luong, Jordan Powell, Matthew Rasmussen, Michelle Shankar, Katherine Wegman

URSMD Commencement

School of Medicine commencement exercises will be held on Friday, May 17 at 4:00 pm at the Eastman Theater.

This year's keynote commencement speaker is Elizabeth R. "Lissa" McAnarney, M.D., Professor and Chair Emerita of Pediatrics at URMC. In 2018 she was named a Distinguished University Professor - the highest title that the university bestows on its faculty. Dr. McAnarney served as pediatrician-in-chief at UR Medicine's Golisano Children's Hospital from 1993 to 2006, she is only the 13th recipient of the title in university's history, and is the first woman to receive the honor.

Please contact Student Services at 275-4537 for more information.

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

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: