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We'd like to officially welcome you to UMass Chan Medical School. This blog is a great place to connect with other new employees and learn more about our culture and community. We will schedule some meetups and lunches during your first few months so you can connect with one another. We invite you to post questions and comments. You are encouraged to help answer questions for others as well. The transition into your new role should be as smooth as possible and we want to set you up for success.

Click here to visit our Onboard at UMass Chan website that offers a wealth of information during your first few months to help you get acclimated.

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Registration is Open for the 21st Annual Cancer Walk & Run

Posted On: 02/01/19

Cancer WalkRegistration is now open for the 21st Annual UMass Cancer Walk & Run. Start your team today.

Teams can be any size from 3 people to 50 (or more!).

When you support the UMass Cancer Walk & Run, you make vital cancer trials and research possible. You give hope. You make a difference. Register today by clicking here.

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John Erwin appointed vice chancellor for government relations

Posted On: 12/05/18

ErwinJohn Erwin, a widely known and highly regarded government affairs leader, who for 13 years has served as executive director of the Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals, will join UMass Chan Medical School in early January as vice chancellor for government relations, Chancellor Michael F. Collins has announced.

To learn more, click here.

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Robert Finberg on what to expect and how to prepare for this flu season

Posted On: 10/31/18

Flu ShotAmericans were taken aback by last year’s record-breaking flu season, which saw the highest number of deaths and hospitalizations from influenza in decades. As the new flu season arrives, many have questions about what to expect in the coming months.

Robert Finberg, MD, the Richard M. Haidack Professor of Medicine, chair and professor of medicine, researches how to better prevent and treat influenza. He answers some of the most frequently asked questions in this Expert’s Corner Q&A. To learn more, click here.

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UMass Chan Medical School recognized with national award for opioid safe-prescribing curriculum

Posted On: 10/18/18

Opiod CurriculumUMass Chan Medical School has been selected as one of four recipients of the American Association of Medical Colleges Curricular Innovation Award for its Opioid Safe-prescribing Training Immersion (OSTI) program. To read more, click here.

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LISTEN: Steven Hatch recounts working in Ebola treatment unit in Liberia

Posted On: 09/05/18
Steven Hatch

In 2014, Steven Hatch, MD, associate professor of medicine, flew into a Liberian airport in the middle of the world’s largest Ebola outbreak to help treat patients on the frontlines. The virus claimed the lives of more than 11,000 people across West Africa. Now, there’s a new outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In the latest episode of Voices of UMassMed, Dr. Hatch describes the complexities of treating the deadly virus.

“As scared as people were in the United States of watching people walk around in space suits, these people were watching people walk up to them in spacesuits,” said Hatch, of the protective gear that doctors wore to keep from contracting the virus. “That induced terrible fear but also depression that they were going to come to the end of their lives, and in the case of half of the patients, that was correct.” 

Listen to the full podcast at Listen and subscribe to the podcast on SoundCloud and iTunes by searching Voices of UMassMed. To share feedback and ideas for future episodes, e-mail the Office of Communications at


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UMass Chan Medical School to launch ‘Voices of UMassMed’ podcast

Posted On: 08/03/18

UMass Chan Medical School is launching the Voices of UMassMed podcast series that will examine the stories behind the pioneering science, health care and education at UMMS.

The first podcast will debut on Aug. 6, the first day of the new academic year, with an interview with Chancellor Michael F. Collins, in which he welcomes the Class of 2022, shares advice and stories from his own medical education, and touches on issues important to academic medicine such as diversity, immigration and the recent signing of the Life Science Bond Bill in Massachusetts. Each episode of Voices of UMassMed is produced by the Office of Communications. The series seeks to provide rich discussions with UMMS faculty so that listeners have the opportunity to learn about who they are and about their ongoing contributions to science, medicine, education and public service.

To learn more about the podcast and upcoming episodes, click here.

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Exploring Religion and Culture in the Workplace

Posted On: 07/25/18

Understanding the differences between religion and culture, as well as how they work together to shape our experiences is important in developing an inclusive workplace. By learning more about others through cultural and religious sensitivity, we can better understand serve our own communities and workplaces. This event is hosted by the Interfaith Employee Resource Group. This will take place from 12:00pm -1:00pm at the University Campus, Worcester, S2-351 and 352 2nd floor.

To learn more about this event click here.

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UMass Chan Going Green

Posted On: 07/19/18

As part of the university’s commitment to sustainability and energy efficiency, UMMS has established a thirty year agreement to pay for up to 12 megawatts of solar-generated power from arrays being developed by First Wind, Major Energy, Greenhouse Solar and Hecate Solar in Massachusetts. The first of the three projects, a 2.5-megawatt facility in Palmer, started producing electricity in December. This commitment to sustainability is projected to save a third of its current energy costs, an equivalent of $715,000 annually.

To learn more about the initiative, click here.

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Monday Mindfulness

Posted On: 07/12/18

Monday Mindfulness is a program that is part of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), which has been implemented at UMASS since 1979, that provides instruction and opportunities for: reflection, mindfulness practice, dialogue, conceptual and experiential learning. Monday Mindfulness is held every Monday from 12:10-12:30 PM and you can even join from your desk.

To learn more, click here.

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Conversational Spanish for the halls of UMass: Lunch & Learn

Posted On: 06/27/18

On July 12, 2018 from 12 PM to 1 PM the Language of Healthcare Employee Resource Group is offering the opportunity learn a few words in Spanish at the UMass Chan Medical School Worcester campus in the Faculty Conference Room. This service promotes the inclusion of people who speak multiple languages and will help to connect and engage the UMASS community. Max Grecchi, Education Director for Interpreter Services, will be there to help understand the context of when an interpreter is needed in a clinical setting. This event will also introduce other languages as well.

To learn more, click here.

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