The UMass Medical School Department of Facilities will be performing a scheduled UMass Alerts Test on Sept, 26, 2017 from 12–12:30pm.



Associate Dean for Student Affairs Office Hours

MS1 Drop-In Office Hours Dates/Times

MS4 Drop-In Office Hours Dates/Times
On this page, you can also find a form to submit 4th year career planning questions to Dr. Chimienti!


DACA Statement
Please see the statement from the President and the Chancellors of the five UMass campuses on the Trump administration’s directive in regard to the DACA program.

UMass Leadership Statement on Administration’s Decision on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program:
On behalf of the five-campus University of Massachusetts system comprising 100,000 students, faculty and staff, we stand in solidarity with Dreamers in opposing the Administration’s decision to sunset the DACA program. The decision is an affront to our core values and undermines our mission to provide access and opportunity and support social and economic mobility for all underrepresented populations.

We are committed to working with our peers in higher education, membership associations, and federal and state legislative delegations to advocate for policies that ensure that our students can pursue their education, achieve their potential and continue to contribute to our society and economy. We will also continue to provide dedicated support staff and other resources to DACA students during this period of extreme anxiety and uncertainty.
UMass will adhere to all applicable laws and university policies and guidelines, including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which applies to all students, regardless of immigration status. We reaffirm that we will not release information from student education records to outside parties without permission from the student, a judicial warrant or subpoena, or as otherwise compelled by law. Our campus police departments will not voluntarily partner with law enforcement agencies to enforce non-criminal, non-terrorism related immigration actions.
UMass President Marty Meehan
UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy
UMass Boston Interim Chancellor Barry Mills
UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Robert Johnson
UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney
UMass Medical School Chancellor Michael F. Collins

Student Highlights

Students Embracing Mindfulness

On August 28, a group of 25 medical students visited the Center for Mindfulness (CFM) to participate in the CFM's weekly meditation class. This weekly course draws on the principles of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) to help participants reduce the stress of their daily lives.  The session was comprised of 30 minutes of silent meditation, followed by an open discussion facilitated by the center’s Director of Research, Judson Brewer, MD, PhD.
This group of first and second year medical students represented all six Learning Community Houses and a wide range of experiences with Mindfulness. The group contained both seasoned practitioners of meditation and newcomers to the concept of "Mindful." A handful of students had intensive experiences in this field, such as traveling to Myanmar for meditation retreats or working in a neuroscience lab studying the cognitive and physical benefits of Mindfulness.
The event coincided with an increased interest in the student body to pursue Mindfulness personally and professionally, as well as a desire to build stronger connects with the Center for Mindfulness. Currently, members of the first year class are hosting weekly guided meditation sessions on campus and hope to return to the Center for Mindfulness soon.

Latest News

Welcome Message

Chimienti imageWelcome 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

Mindfulness & Wellness

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