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Medical Student Education Update - May 2017

May, 2017 Volume III, Issue 2


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.

Class of 2017 Match Results

On March 17, 2017, the Class of 2017 learned where they are headed for residency. Our students matched in the following areas: 


# of students



# of students




Orthopaedic Surgery


Emergency Medicine





Family Medicine





General Surgery





Internal Medicine



Plastic Surgery










Radiology Diagnostic


Child Neurology



Radiation Oncology





Transitional or Preliminary












For a complete match list and to view the Match Day 2017 video, please click here.

URSMD Commencement

School of Medicine commencement exercises will be held on Friday May 19 at 4:00 pm at Eastman Theatre. This year's keynote speaker and recipient of the Charles Force Hutchison and Marjorie Smith Hutchison Medal will be Dr. Carol Cooperman Nadelson, URSMD Class of 1961.  Dr. Nadelson was the first woman president of the American Psychiatric Association, first woman editor-in-chief of the APA Press, and the first director of Partners Office for Women's Careers at Brigham and Women's Hospital.  The faculty speaker will be Dr. Robert Horowitz and the student speaker will be Ayala Danzig.  Please contact Student Services at 275-4537 for more information.

Faculty News

Dr. Adrienne Morgan Named Assistant Dean for Medical Education Diversity and Inclusion

Dr. Adrienne MorganIn this role, Dr. Morgan will be a resource to URMC residents, fellows and faculty, and help identify and address challenges to recruiting and retaining under-represented groups to URMC's 84 residency programs and fellowship programs.  Adrienne will continue as senior director of SMD's Center for Advocacy, Community Health, Education and Diversity (CACHED).

Congratulations to Dr. Morgan on her many contributions to medical education.

Dr. Jason Rotoli, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine Named New Director of the Deaf Health Pathway

Dr. Jason RotoliDr. Rotoli is enthusiastic and dedicated to meeting the health needs of the deaf community. After college, he continued his interest in the deaf community while in graduate school and medical school working part time in residential deaf schools in Philadelphia and Buffalo. Currently, he is involved in a volunteer community deaf health group, Partners in Deaf Health, which is well integrated into the surrounding local deaf community. This organization is designed to disseminate healthy lifestyle and medical information to the deaf community. Through this group, he has presented at the Rochester Club for the Deaf on a variety of health related and emergency care topics. He has been involved with planning, fundraising, and lecturing at regional deaf health fairs as well. He seeks to increase provider awareness of the needs of this underserved population through both local and national residency and medical student education. Dr. Rotoli also hopes to continue to improve deaf patient health care delivery and medical knowledge through providing direct access and communication to a physician while working clinically in the Emergency Department at Strong Memorial Hospital.

G. Edward Vates, MD, PhD has been named the new director of the Rochester Early Medical Scholars (REMS) program

G. Edward Vates, MD, PhD Named New Director of the Rochester Early Medical Scholars (REMS) Program

Dr. Edward VatesDr. Vates has been recognized with teaching awards from the medical school including the Surgery Interest Group's mentorship award and the Marvin J. Hoffman Mentoring Award from UR School of Medicine and Dentistry. Additionally, he has generously volunteered his time to more than 50 high school, college and medical students annually, providing shadowing opportunities in the operating room and clinic

Vates looks forward to making Rochester Early Medical Scholars (REMS) the premier program for training future scholars in the field of medicine while also enriching the unique opportunities provided to REMS students through the best liberal arts education.

To read the full story, click here (Internal Link).

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 and 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: