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UMass Medical Student Musicians Displaying Musical Talents in Arts, Caregiving, and Humanism Symposium

UMass has had a long tradition of cultivating students with musical and artistic interests. This April 29th, former and current UMass students are participating in a first ever city-wide symposium exploring the arts, caregiving and humanism. Organized in conjunction with St. Vincent Hospital, Reliant Medical Group, Music Worcester, Worcester District Medical Society, and the Worcester Art Museum, the symposium will feature music by current 2nd year medical students, Margaret Xu, Alyse Wheelock, and Hazel Briner. Former and current UMass MD/PhD students Cindy Lai and Amy Cheung have also been involved in organizing the symposium.

Artistic expression is a vital and constant characteristic of humanity. This symposium will explore the effects on art in healing through lectures, demonstrations, and participation in three areas: literature, music, and visual arts. Featuring lectures by music therapist, Kayla Daly; writer and English professor, Lucia Knoles; director emeritus of the Worcester Art Museum, James Welu; and UMass’s own Dr. Frank Domino as well as others, participants will learn about the power of art in providing comfort, healing, and remedy for those in need and those who provide the vital service of care.

Located at the beautiful and historic WAMSWorks building at 6 Institute road, this symposium is free for students and medical residents and open to the public. For more information and registration, please visit: www.musicworcester.org/MW/symposium.

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Massachusetts Medical Society honors five UMass Medical School students

The Massachusetts Medical Society has named UMass Medical School students Jorge Finke, Jessica Long, Michael Noujaim and Courtney Temple 2017 Massachusetts Medical Society Scholars; all are members of the School of Medicine Class of 2017. They are among the 16 students, four chosen from each medical school in Massachusetts, who will receive a $10,000 scholarship. Since the inception of the program in 1993, nearly $2 million has been granted to more than 200 students from Massachusetts medical schools. Additionally, the medical society selected Colleen Flanagan, SOM ’20, as the winner of its 2017 History Essay Contest. Read the full article here. 

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    Robert M. Califf, MD, MACC, former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, presented the Melvin S. Cutler Lecture at UMass Medical School, entitled, “An American Approach to Medical Evidence Generation,” on Thursday, April 27.

  • Annual education ceremony unites cherished UMMS traditions

    The Educational Recognition Awards, The Last Lecture and the Second Year Oath took place at UMass Medical School on April 25. Michael Ennis, MD, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring and David Hatem, MD, delivered the lecture.

  • UMass Medical School reunion weekend is May 5-6

    UMass Medical School is holding a reunion weekend on Friday, May 5, and Saturday, May 6, for graduates of the School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the Graduate School of Nursing.

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




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