UMMS Student Handbook 2012/13
Section TEN: Additional Services
Admissions |Alumni/Parents Relations | Colleges of the Worcester Consortium | Communications | Continuing Medical Education | MASS AHEC Program | NEATC | Summer Services Learning Assistantship Program
2012/13 UMass Medical School Student Handbook: first posted date: 08/27/12.
* Revisions approved after this date will be noted in RED.
Location: S1-112, First Floor, Student Wing
Mariann Manno, MD, Interim Associate Dean for Admissions
Karen Lawton, MBA, Director of Admissions
Anne Butkiewicz, Administrative Assistant
Brenda Fusaro, Administrative Assistant
The University of Massachusetts Medical School accepts applications from residents of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for the first year and advanced standing regular M.D. program positions. Application to the MD/PhD program is not restricted
to residents of Massachusetts. All applications are reviewed by the Admissions Committee, which is composed of 22 faculty and two student members. Applicants who are invited for an interview are given a tour of the Medical School by students. Students who are interested in giving tours or serving on the admissions committee may contact their student representatives or Karen Lawton, Admissions Office.
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The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations works to strengthen lifelong relationships between alumni and their alma mater and cultivate more meaningful personal and financial commitments to UMass Medical School. The office creates, promotes,
and encourages opportunities for School of Medicine alumni to connect with each other and UMass Medical School. The office also fosters an engaged exchange of information and sentiment between alumni and the medical school, and enhances alumni collaboration and involvement that furthers the mission of UMass Medical School.
The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations maintains a database on alumni of the School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Graduate Medical Education. Students wishing to contact alumni for assistance in identifying housing during internships, interviews and clerkships, or to make inquiries about residency programs should contact the Alumni Office. The office also sponsors various programs and events for alumni and student throughout
the year. Class representatives from each of the graduated classes are selected to serve as liaisons for reunions and alumni class events.
The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations also coordinates the activities of the UMMS Parents Association, established to support medical school students, educate parents and nurture the relationship between parents and the school. The Association is a vital link between parents and the Medical School. It enables parents to both actively participate in the life of their son/daughter and interact with and lend support to other parents. The office organizes and participates in activities such as the First-Year Parents Orientation, Second-Year Class Oath Ceremony, Mom and Pop Med School Lecture Series and the Annual Parents Dinner. All parents are invited to become involved with the Association.
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Colleges of Worcester Consortium
UMass Worcester is a member of the Colleges of Worcester Consortium, which consists of 12 colleges and universities in the greater Worcester area. Cross-registration is an arrangement among all Consortium member colleges and universities that allows full-time, undergraduate day students at these institutions to take courses at others.
Generally, courses are open subject to space availability and prerequisites. Cross-registration is a no-charge arrangement. Exceptions to this are additional fees charged for special programs, laboratory materials and supplies, and the determination of a course overload whereby students may be required to pay a course fee to their home institution.
Course Availability Information
Cross-registration is available only during fall and spring semesters. A list of all courses offered each semester is available in the Master Course Database. Check with host institution for the most up-to-date course information.
Full-time undergraduate day students may cross-register for courses at host institutions. The standard cross-registration load is one course per student per semester. Cross-registration privileges are not extended to evening students, summer students, continuing education students, or part-time students. Exceptions to these guidelines may be made from time-to-time by the academic deans at the home and host institutions. Arrangements for graduate students are made by mutual agreement of the institutions involved.
How to Cross-Register:
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- Review Consortium catalogue on-line
- URL: www.cowc.org/
- Cross-registration forms are in the Registrar’s Office.
- The student completes the cross-registration form and obtains signatures of the appropriate officials in their school, and a final signature by the Registrar, verifying enrollment.
- The student brings the completed cross-registration form, with signatures, to the Registrar’s Office of the host college in the Consortium where the course is being offered.
- The host school Registrar signs off and mails the cross-registration form back to the UMass Registrar.
- The student is enrolled in the selected course.
- The course and final grade will appear on the student’s transcript.
Communications (Office of)
| Location:||S3-416, Third Floor|
| Personnel:||Edward Keohane, Vice Chancellor, Communications |
Mark Shelton, MFA, Associate Vice Chancellor, Communications
Kristen O’Reilly, Managing Editor
Donald St. John, Senior Web Editor
Malorye Branca, Senior Writer
Ellie Castano, Content Producer
James Fessenden, News Media Producer
Bryan Goodchild, Videographer/Editor
Sandra Gray, Content Producer
Lisa Larson, News Media Producer
Lisa Barry, Administrative Coordinator
Paula MacDonald, Executive Assistant
The The Office of Communications is the official source of news and information at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
The OC is committed to keeping our colleagues, students, alumni and donors connected to the institution. We embrace a newsroom philosophy and develop original written, video and other multimedia story content that showcases the breadth and depth of UMMS. OC staffers identify and produce compelling stories relating to our world-class academic, research, clinical and community work. Those stories are told online daily @ UMassMedNow (umassmed.edu/news) and in the magazine UMass
Our expert media relations team works closely with journalists and bloggers to bring UMMS’ impressive people, stories and discoveries to audiences down the street, across the country and around the world. The OC media team strives to place faculty experts and UMMS news in top print, broadcast and online media markets. Our team members are former print and broadcast journalists skilled at making the pitch and interview process easy on faculty and reporters alike.
The OC media team manages the communication process during campus emergencies. We are the main distribution channel for leadership and institutional messages.
The OC manages the official identity of UMass Medical School. We offer links to official logos and language about UMMS plus our PowerPoint template. In our Help Library you can find an overview PowerPoint presentation on UMMS plus stock photography to complement your own projects and presentations. If you require assistance with printing, writing or website creation we are happy to connect you with reliable vendors.
The office reports to Edward Keohane, Vice Chancellor for Communications.
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| Location:|| Worcester Foundation Campus|
222 Maple Avenue
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
| Telephone: || 508-856-3041|
| Fax:|| 508-856-6838|
| URL|| www.umassmed.edu/cme|
| Personnel:||Michael D. Kneeland, MD, Interim Associate Dean |
Denise Leary, Manager, Business Operations
The primary objective of this department is the provision of quality educational opportunities to medical school faculty, students, and graduates as well as physicians and other health care professionals. This office, in conjunction with UMMS faculty, develops professional meetings, conferences and symposia for local, regional and national audiences. As part of their required curriculum, students are provided with certificate level emergency courses (e.g.: BLS, ACLS, ATLS) through this department. Students may also audit any other programs offered by Continuing Education throughout the year.
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|Location: ||333 South St. Shrewsbury, MA 01545|
| Telephone:|| 508-856-4305|
| Personnel:|| Linda Cragin, MS, Director|
Shelly Yarnie, MPH, Associate Director
Mary Philbin, MEd. Director, Education and Training
Joanne Dombrowski, Project Coordinator
Among the many programs and people that will contribute to your education over the next four years, is the MassAHEC Network. AHEC, which stands for Area Health Education Center, is a federally funded program that is available nationally
and collaborates with the National Health Service Corps and other programs focused on improving access to care for underserved populations.
The MassAHEC Network includes six community based agencies located in medically underserved communities across the state. These centers are active partners in the Population Health Clerkship several Inter-Clerkships, as well as the Rural Health Scholars and Pathways programs. MassAHEC also supports community based primary care clinical rotations.
Rotations and learning experiences in other states are made possible through partnerships with other AHEC centers across the country. Students have gone to AHEC centers outside of Massachusetts, including Montana, Vermont, Indiana, Maryland and Colorado.
MassAHEC will also contribute to your experiences in less visible ways. As a physician, you will work with other members of the health care team. MassAHEC has a long standing commitment to support the effectiveness of the health care team, particularly
by improving access to health care for culturally/linguistically diverse populations. When you work with a medical interpreter or a community health worker, they were probably trained by MassAHEC. If you need help drafting patient education materials or a flyer for community work, MassAHEC can help with ensuring that those materials will be understood by the people working with, written in clear language and translated as needed into the language or languages spoken in the community.
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| Location: || Central Office: 23 Miner Street Boston, MA 02215|
| URL:|| http://www.neaetc.org|
| Telephone: || 617- 262-5657/ fax 617-262-5667|
| Personnel:|| Donna Gallagher, RNCS, MS, ANP, FAAN, MAPI/Director NEAETC a program of Commonwealth Medicine|
The New England AIDS Education and Training Center (NEAETC), a federallyfunded program, offers HIV/AIDS education for healthcare providers, residents, and students throughout the six New England States. The goal of NEAETC programs is to educate and train healthcare providers to be more effective as they counsel, diagnose, treat and manage individuals living with HIV/AIDS, as well as assist in prevention efforts. The NEAETC maintains an active Web site as well as a library of curricula, resource materials and CD’s/DVD’s on HIV. These are all available for student use. This website also provides links to the nationwide network of AIDS Education and Training Centers(AETC’s).
NEAETC is the only major health professions education program that educates the six New England states’ workforce about the most up to date approaches to caring for HIV and AIDS patients. In 2007, this program served over 10,000 caregivers; it remains one of the 11 such centers nationally that has been supported by the federal government (Health Resources Services Administration) for over to 20 years.
In addition, NEAETC supports The New England HIV Education Consortium (NEHEC),a HRSA, Minority AIDS Initiative (MIA) program, is a training and education
program serving all six states in the New England region. The principal goal of NEHEC is to address the HIV-related training, educational, and support needs of the full, spectrum of providers as they provide state-of-the-art, quality and compassionate care to individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Innovative training formats emphasize the needs of minority providers, providers serving racial/ethnic/linguistic minorities and communities of color, and those working in settings funded by the Ryan White CARE Act. NEHEC is a collaborative project, featuring a consortium of community-based AIDS-service organizations, multicultural training agencies, community health centers, and peer-led agencies. NEHEC activities include several levels of training opportunities, information dissemination, and support, in a variety of formats, targeting health care workers with different levels of experience and expertise, in different geographic and workplace settings, and with varying access to HIV-related training opportunities.opportunities.Back to Top
| Location: || Department of Family Medicine and Community Health/ 3rd Floor, Benedict Building|
| Telephone:|| 774-422-2930|
| Personnel:|| Suzanne Cashman ScD|
Heather-Lyn Haley, PhD
Background: The Summer Service-Learning Assistantship Program offers medical students who are just completing their first year of medical school the opportunity to work in a variety of community-based health, education and human service organizations for
up to six weeks during the summer months after the first year of medical school.
The main goals of the program are to:
- Provide unique service-learning experiences for future physicians.
- Help students understand the connection between an individual’s health and a community’s health.
- Enhance students’ understanding of the community healthcare problems and needs of underserved populations as well as resources and programs to meet those needs.
- Offer employment opportunities for medical students.
- Provide community based organizations with needed staffing and services.
Through this program, the University of Massachusetts Medical School, establishes and/or strengthens relationships with community-based health, education and human service organizations that work with underserved populations across the state. Financial support is provided by the Office of Undergraduate Medical Education, the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, the Massachusetts Area Health Education Network, and the Center for the Advancement of Primary Care.
The Summer 2011 Service-Learning Assistantship Program proved to be highly successful in terms of community agencies expressing interest in participating as host community sites as well as in terms of medical students applying to the program.
Students were placed in agencies that were located in Worcester, Boston, New Bedford, and Cape Cod. Their experiences ranged from working as a Medical Assistant in a community health center, to functioning as a medical advisor for an environmental camp, to contributing to advancing a site’s work to develop the patient centered medical home.. Three times during the course of the six-week experience, students met with the UMMS faculty coordinators to discuss and reflect upon their
experiences using a semi-structured discussion format. As a means of enhancing the learning experience, students kept journals and presented posters at the conclusion of the summer.
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