Incoming Student Information - Class of 2021

Congratulations on your decision to attend UMass Medical School! We are all eagerly awaiting your arrival on campus later this summer. In anticipation of your arrival, we would like to share with you some important dates and advance information about what to expect when you join the UMMS community this August. Please make note of the important dates/information below and feel free to reach out if you have any questions at all!

Matriculating Student Questionnaire – The Association of American Medical Colleges will be sending a Matriculating Student Questionnaire your way this summer. This questionnaire seeks to understand the personal characteristics of medical students with the aim of using it to improve your medical education. Please keep an eye out for this! We encourage you to complete it at your earliest convenience.

M.O.E. [Massachusetts Outdoor Experience]
July 27th – July 30th  
Coordinated by the rising second year medical students, M.O.E. is a 4-day event including camping, hiking, white water rafting, MOElympics, and fun times by the campfire. It's a great way to get to know your classmates before school starts and is always a lot of fun. M.O.E. takes place from Thursday, July 27th through Sunday, July 30th in The Forks, Maine. See the attached flyer for more information. Be sure sign up for M.O.E. as soon as possible - you won't want to miss out! If you have questions, or concerns about participating in any of the events, please email the M.O.E. leaders at Please note:

  • You must be a registered student in order to participate in M.O.E.  All steps required as part of the registration process must be completed before departing for M.O.E.
  • You are not eligible to participate in MOE unless all Student Health Clearance requirements are met.  If you haven’t submitted this information already, please submit A.S.A.P.  Do not wait until walk through registration.
  • Each participating student must sign the M.O.E. waiver and return it to the M.O.E. leaders before departure.

Transition to Medical School 

July 31st & August 1st

Technology Orientation & Laptop Setup – This is a 1-hour mandatory session hosted by Information Technology. You will find the list of available sessions and sign up for the session that best suits your schedule in the email sent out to you mid-June. Each session can only accommodate 25 students, so please sign up ASAP to ensure you are scheduled for a session that works best for you. If you have not signed up for a session by July 10th, a session will be assigned to you. We will follow up to confirm the date and time for which you are scheduled. In addition to this, you will be receiving an email from the Academic Technology and Curriculum Innovation team with information on technology requirements and software downloads for your laptop. Keep an eye out for this information!

August 2nd – August 4th, August 11th
Curriculum Sessions – This is the program that formally introduces key people and resources to you as you begin your medical school journey. Check-in will begin on Wednesday, August 2nd at 8:00 am and the program will start promptly at 9:00 am. We will follow up with an agenda later this summer, but mark this date on your calendar in the meantime! As noted above, you will be required to attend one of the Information Technology Orientation and Laptop Setup sessions prior to the formal start of your curriculum. These sessions are mandatory and are considered part of the Transition to Medical School curriculum.

If you have any questions please email us at or call the Office of Student Affairs at 508-856-2285. We hope you have a wonderful summer and we look forward to welcoming you to the UMass Medical School community very soon!

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