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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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How to Bring Your Authentic Self to the Workplace

Posted On: 01/10/18 Posted By: Jennifer Shimer Tags: blog, new employee

Authentic Self

How to Bring your Authentic Self to the Workplace

In a professional work setting, many people feel that they have to hide aspects of themselves in order to fit in or to be taken seriously. People of diverse backgrounds can especially feel that they have to conceal aspects of themselves at work.

If we are a system that strives for diversity and inclusion of diverse perspectives how do we assess, explore and share our authentic self? During our dialogue, we will explore the concept of authentic self and how we bring our authentic self to the workplace. 

Location: South Street
Date: Friday, January 19th
Place: 4th Floor Amphitheater
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
RSVP Today

Location: Schrafft Center
Date: Friday, January 26th
Place: 7th Floor Conference Room
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
RSVP Today

Space is limited and RSVP required.
Please feel free to bring a friend and your lunch!
Call Devon Spicknall, the CWM CDC Coordinator, at X65314 with any questions In collaboration and support from the UMMS Diversity and Inclusion Office

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UMMS Ranks High for Primary Care

Posted On: 01/03/18 Posted By: Jennifer Shimer Tags: blog, new employee

Primary CareThe annual U.S. News & World Report rankings of the best graduate schools names UMass Medical School the best for primary care education in all of New England. UMMS ranks in the top 10 percent nationwide in primary care, coming in 14th among 140 medical schools and 30 schools of osteopathic medicine surveyed by the weekly news magazine in its 2018 edition of the “Best Graduate Schools.” The 2018 U.S. News report marks a rise of two spots for UMMS in both primary care and research, which was ranked 50th. To read more, click here.

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Residents to deploy mindfulness during hospital rounds to improve focus on patient

Posted On: 12/20/17 Posted By: Jennifer Shimer Tags: blog, new employee

Emily Chen and Emily Levoy awarded Back to Bedside grant from American Council of Graduate Medical Education

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Pie Day 2017

Posted On: 12/06/17 Posted By: Jennifer Shimer Tags: blog, new employee
This is the season to give thanks and what better way to give thanks
than by having pie! We invite the UMMS and UMMHC community to gather
as a “thank you” celebration in appreciation for all your hard work
and dedicated effort put forth this past year. We look forward to
seeing you at one of the locations!

To learn more about the upcoming dates, click here to view the calendar
on the Intranet Home Page.
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New Springfield Campus for UMass Medical School

Posted On: 11/29/17 Posted By: Jennifer Shimer Tags: blog, new employee


UMass Medical School and Baystate Health officials celebrated the opening of the new medical school campus in Springfield on Nov. 20, welcoming the first class of medical students in the Population-based Urban and Rural Community Health track. To read more, click here. For the latest UMass Medical School news, click here.

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UMass Medical School Recognized

Posted On: 11/21/17 Posted By: Jennifer Shimer Tags: blog, new employee

WorcesterThe Worcester District Medical Society has honored two UMass Medical School faculty members. Julia Johnson, MD, received the President’s Award and Giles Whalen, MD, accepted the Career Achievement Award.

To read more, click here.

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Flu Shot Schedule

Posted On: 11/15/17 Posted By: Jennifer Shimer Tags: blog


Flu Shot Clinics have been scheduled for all campuses. To learn more, click here.

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Beating the Odds

Posted On: 11/08/17 Posted By: Jennifer Shimer Tags: blog, new employee

bookThe history of UMass Medical School has been published in an expanded hardcover edition. Beating the Odds: The University of Massachusetts Medical School, A History 1962-2012 is now available from the publisher and at

Author Ellen More, PhD, professor emeritus of psychiatry, is a medical historian specializing in the history of the American medical profession, women physicians and medical education. Dr. More is also the founder of the Office of Medical History and Archives at the Lamar Soutter Library, which in 2014 created an illustrated historical timeline of the medical school.

To learn more, click here.

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UMMS Expands

Posted On: 11/02/17 Posted By: Jennifer Shimer Tags: blog, new employee

rare disease

A new institute for rare diseases research at UMass Medical School will build on the school’s already substantial accomplishments in the fields of gene therapy, RNA biology and RNAi technology to accelerate the development of novel therapeutics for a host of disorders, according to an announcement from Chancellor Michael F. Collins.

The Li Weibo (李伟波) Institute for Rare Diseases Research, supported by a $10 million endowment gift from the Li Weibo Charitable Foundation in China, will be home to existing faculty whose expertise has led to profound discoveries related to diseases like ALS, cystic fibrosis, Canavan disease, Rett syndrome, Huntington’s disease, fragile X syndrome, CDKL5 disorder and others.

To read more, click here.

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COMECC Campaign

Posted On: 10/27/17 Posted By: Jennifer Shimer Tags: blog, new employee

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Charitable Campaign begins Nov. 6



The 2017 Commonwealth of Massachusetts Employees Charitable Campaign (COMECC) will run from Nov. 6 through Nov. 22, Chancellor Michael F. Collins has announced.

“I am asking all faculty, staff and students to once again support the UMass Medical School annual charitable campaign, COMECC,” Chancellor Collins said. Through COMECC, employees of UMMS and other state institutions have the opportunity to choose from 1,000 prescreened charities to which they may direct individual charitable donations. 

“I am proud and humbled each year by the incredible generosity of UMMS employees,” Collins said. “Collectively, you are the single most generous group of employees in the statewide campaign and account for nearly 40 percent of the total funds raised.”This year, UMMS launched a new initiative, called the North Quadrant Support Services, which builds on the highly successful 21-year academic partnership between the medical school and the North Quadrant of the Worcester Public Schools. This initiative aims to address some of the socioeconomic barriers to academic success faced by some students in the North Quadrant of the Worcester Public Schools. The North Quadrant includes some of the most economically challenged neighborhoods in Worcester; students face issues ranging from food insecurity to homelessness.

With the support of the Remillard Family Community Service Fund, UMMS has started to help address some of these needs, building and stocking a food pantry at North High School to supply nutritiously balanced food to families identified by the school as being unable to afford it; supplying washers and dryers to four schools in the quadrant identified by the Worcester Public Schools superintendent as having populations of children whose families are unable to afford laundry services; and distributing nearly 700 backpacks filled with school supplies to elementary school kids, ensuring they were able to start off the school year with the tools needed to succeed.

“To sustain these efforts and address other unmet needs, we are providing an option through COMECC for employees to donate to an internal UMMS fund that will directly support the North Quadrant Support Services initiative,” said Collins. “You can be assured that 100 percent of your donations to this fund will go directly to services that benefit students and families of the North Quadrant.”

Collins also announced that two UMMS leaders will serve as honorary co-chairs of the annual COMECC campaign: Deborah L. Harnois, MS, MBA, JD, associate vice chancellor and chief human resources officer; and Robert Layne, MEd, assistant dean of outreach programs.

“Deborah has been exceptionally devoted to supporting her local community. In addition to the lasting positive impact she has had through her professional work, she has dedicated enormous time and energy to volunteering at a local level,” said Collins.

“And for more than 20 years, Robert has educated, mentored and trained students in the North Quadrant of the Worcester Public Schools for careers in biotechnology, life sciences and health care. As we launch the new fund this COMECC season to support the North Quadrant Support Services, it’s fitting that Robert will help lead this year’s campaign.”

The 2017 campaign officially opens on Nov. 6. Additional updates, including a link to donate online, will be provided. 

To learn more, click here.

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