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Sonia ChimientiWelcome to the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and to the Office of Student Affairs!  We are delighted to share this incredible journey with you, providing you with a supportive learning environment and guiding you through your years of medical training. Our team works in partnership with your Learning Communities Mentors and the Office of Undergraduate Medical Education to ensure that you receive the academic and personal support that you need in order to meet your educational goals, and to holistically support your professional development as a physician.

Our office coordinates many events that will be memorable milestones in your career development, including the White Coat Ceremony, the Second Year Oath Ceremony, and of course, Match Day and Graduation! Along the way to each of these events, we are here to assist you with planning your pre-clinical electives, Core Clinical Experiences, Advanced Studies electives both at home and away, transitional experiences throughout your training, and individualized career pathways, including 5th Year Options, and if needed, leaves of absence.  Your well-being and career balance are of paramount importance to our team; as such, we are committed to working with you to support you throughout your training.

Once again, welcome to UMass!  Please do not hesitate to reach out to our team with any questions about student life at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Wishing you well,
Sonia Nagy Chimienti, MD
Associate Dean for Student Affairs
School of Medicine

Latest News

  • UMMS researchers forging new understanding of BRCA cancer gene function with NCI grant

    Category: Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences,School of Medicine,Cancer Center,Faculty,Sharon Cantor,Cancer Genetics,Molecular, Cell and Cancer Biology

    A UMass Medical School research team has been awarded a National Cancer Institute grant to advance understanding of how hereditary breast and ovarian cancer genes work, and why tumors lacking these genes are sensitive to chemotherapy.

  • Arthur Pappas honored as an AOA ‘Pillar of the Orthopaedic Profession’

    The late Arthur M. Pappas, MD, has been recognized as an American Orthopaedic Association Pillar of the Orthopaedic Profession for his role as a pioneering visionary and tireless founding architect of the UMass Medical School Department of Orthopedics & Physical Rehabilitation.

  • Silencing of an ALS gene safely delivered to patients in UMass Medical School study

    Category: Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences,School of Medicine,Mueller Lab,Clinician,Faculty,Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis,Rare Disease,gene therapy,Neurology,Pediatrics

    UMass Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital are the first to safely treat two research participants with a synthetic microRNA, delivered into the spinal fluid, designed to silence a human disease-causing gene. Details of the treatment appear in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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