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We'd like to officially welcome you to UMass 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 UMMS website that offers a wealth of information during your first few months to help you get acclimated.

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

Posted On: 10/18/18 Posted By: Jennifer Shimer Tags: blog, new employee

Opiod CurriculumUMass 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 Posted By: Jennifer Shimer Tags: blog, new employee
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 https://www.umassmed.edu/news/voices. 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 UMMSCommunications@umassmed.edu

 

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UMass Medical School to launch ‘Voices of UMassMed’ podcast

Posted On: 08/03/18 Posted By: Jennifer Shimer Tags: blog, new employee

UMass 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 Posted By: Jennifer Shimer Tags: blog, new employee

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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UMMS Going Green

Posted On: 07/19/18 Posted By: Jennifer Shimer Tags: blog, new employee

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 Posted By: Jennifer Shimer Tags: new employee

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 Posted By: Jennifer Shimer Tags: blog, new employee

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 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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Chancellor Collins calls for country to support children separated from parents at the border

Posted On: 06/25/18 Posted By: Jennifer Shimer Tags: blog, new employee

CollinsChancellor Michael F. Collins believes the nation should unite around the children separated from their parents at the United States’ border, calling for Americans to send nurses, physicians and mental health specialists as well as clothing and food to their aid, according to his June 22 op-ed in theWorcester Telegram & Gazette.

To learn more, click here.

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Expression of You

Posted On: 06/14/18 Posted By: Jennifer Shimer Tags: blog, new employee

UMass Cancer WalkOn Friday June 15th, from 9 am – 2 pm expressions of you will be at UMass Medical School South Street Campus in Shrewsbury, MA. Expressions of you has an extensive collection of amazing jewelry, accessories and gifts. Also, 20% of every purchase will benefit the 20th annual UMass Cancer Walk.

The UMass Cancer Walk will occur on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018 at the UMass Medical School Worcester campus. The UMass Cancer Walk has collectively raised more than $11 million to support the UMass Cancer Center.

To learn more, click here.

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Farmers Market returns to Worcester Campus

Posted On: 06/08/18 Posted By: Jennifer Shimer Tags: blog, new employee

Farmers MarketA welcome Summer tradition returns to Umass Medical School Worcester campus - the annual farmers market. Every Tuesday through October (except July 4th week), from noon to 5 p.m., vendors from around the area will set up near the campus green to sell their goods, including fruit, vegetables, honey, meat, bread and so much more! The market will be small in the first few weeks and it will have more vendors through July.

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