|The Second-Year Oath Ceremony is traditionally held in March at Mechanics Hall in Worcester.|
Mark the dates for several important celebratory academic events this spring. All of them are integral to the life of UMass Medical School as they enrich our campus and enliven our academic community.
Second-Year Oath Ceremony
The Second-Year Oath Ceremony will be held on Thursday, March 8, at Mechanics Hall in downtown Worcester, beginning at 5:30 p.m. At the event, second-year School of Medicine students formally mark their transition from the classroom to the clinic by reciting an oath that they have written emphasizing and affirming their commitment to uphold the principles of their profession. The Outstanding Medical Educator Awards will also be presented at the ceremony. Faculty are invited to process and sit on the stage.
Fourth-year students will find out where they will spend the next phase of their training during Match Day, which takes place at the same time at medical schools around the country—which this year is March 16. According to the National Resident Matching Program, which has been matching residency applicants to programs since its inception in 1952, approximately 16,000 U.S. medical school students participate in the main residency match.
The UMMS ceremony will start at 11:30 a.m. in the Faculty Conference Room with a reception and remarks from campus and school leaderships. Match envelopes will be distributed starting a noon, but students traditionally wait to open them at the same time as a class.
Educational Recognition Awards
The annual Educational Recognition Awards Ceremony will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10, in the Faculty Conference Room. This event celebrates the educational achievements of faculty from all three schools. The Last Lecture, incorporated into this ceremony for the first time last year, will be presented by William A. (Jerry) Durbin, MD, professor of pediatrics and medicine, the 2011 recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Teaching. A reception will follow in the Medical School new lobby.