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P&S New Student Orientation- Class of 2019


Day three of Orientation is almost done!

1. I've attached the EOAA Summary of the PowerPoint from this morning.

2. If anyone is missing the Global Health Program Booklet from their orientation bag, please stop by my office at some point (50 Haven Ave, Bard Hall 106). I have a few extra now available.

3. For Tonight: 
-For those of you who didn't buy a Broadway ticket, a group will be heading down to the Peoples Improv Theater to see some free improv comedy at 7pm. Nicole and Mikey will be in Bard lobby at 5:30pm to meet up with your for a prompt 5:45pm departure. The show will be out by 8pm, at which point the group will go to Shake Shack (a couple blocks away) for dinner. 
-Broadway participants, you should have received an email about dinner plans (totally optional).

4. For Tomorrow:
-Reminder to bring your laptop tomorrow morning for the Portfolio Launch Presentation.
-There isn't a lot of time to change before Field Day, so feel free to wear your outfit for the day or at least bring your change of clothes with you.
-The Boat Cruise will begin boarding at 6pm and we will depart at 7pm. Do not be late! Once you get to Chelsea Piers, follow the path behind the buildings to Pier 61. Here's their website for directions as well:



I’ve updated the schedule – tomorrow’s Financial Aid Presentation is being moved to Hammer 301, instead of Alumni Auditorium.

Also please be prompt tomorrow morning for the 9:15am presentation on Discrimination, Harassment, and Gender Based Misconduct Policies. Attendance is mandatory and will be taken.



I know today has been incredibly busy, but I wanted to make sure you are prepared for tomorrow:
-The schedule is updated (attached and online) to include Tuesday night’s Ice Cream Social and Wednesday’s The People’s Improv Theatre. 
-There will be breakfast served tomorrow morning before 9am, so if you would like to eat please make sure to get there early. The presentation will begin promptly at 9:00am (not like today, sorry about that).
-Please make sure just to bring your scrubs to change into for Gross Anatomy Lab, don’t wear your scrubs.

Hope you and your families have been having a great day!  Happy White Coat Day!

Rosemarie Scilipoti
Director of Student Activities and P&S Club


I’ve attached a more detailed schedule for orientation and it’s also linked on the website. This should help with providing some more information regarding the schedule. Please note some changes include: M2 Gross Anatomy Lab will be from 4:45pm-5:45pm; August 24th P&S/GSAS is canceled; and the P&S Big Sibs Event has been rescheduled to August 30.

As you join the P&S Community, I wanted to bring to your attention a set of expectations we have for during orientation. Please make sure you are on time for all sessions, are ready to pay attention, and communicate with the staff regarding any questions or issues you have. We want to make this the best and most informative week, so please let us know if you need anything. Also even before you sign the Honor Code on Tuesday, please remember that appropriate behavior is expected throughout orientation and during any university sponsored events. We want everyone to enjoy the week, but you are now a representative of the university as well as a future medical professional. 

Just a reminder about the Daniel Noyes Brown Scholars Program, which was briefly mentioned in the Clerkship Letter on your To Do List . This joint venture between the Center for Family and Community Medicine and the Department of Pediatrics, offers a structured longitudinal experience at community-based outpatient sites with supervision by the same group of faculty at that practice over four years. You can find more information about the program, as well as the application on their website. Applications are due on August 14.

We are having an exclusive Free Weight Club sign up for just 2019 P&S and CDM students during the Welcome Expo on Tuesday, August 11 from 10:10am-11:10am at the P&S Club Office- 50 Haven Ave, Bard Hall 106 (directly across from the Welcome Expo). This will allow you early access to the Free Weight Room, as the next opportunity to sign up won’t be until the P&S Club Fair on Tuesday, August 25 at 5:30pm, Bard Hall Ballroom. Just to clarify, this is a paid membership for a specific weight room, this is NOT the Bard Athletic Center, which all students have free access to. If you have questions about the FWC, please email You can complete the waiver in the office, but you can pay online in advance: The fee is $100, which is good from date of sign up until the end of next August. When you pay online, you’ll get a weird red bar, but you should receive an email confirmation of payment. Please bring that with you when you come to the office to sign up.

Thanks and I look forward to meeting all of you on Monday!
Rosemarie Scilipoti
Director of Student Activities and P&S Club



Here are some additional pieces of information and reminders as we approach the beginning of orientation:

Please make sure you have set up your Mail Forwarding, which allows messages sent to to be received in your Exchange account ( I believe this may be the cause of some people not receiving emails. Visit this link for information on how to do that:

Unofficial Student Guide- The newly updated Unofficial Student Guide for Class of 2019 is now available. There is an attached PDF copy, it’s linked on the To Do List AND you’ll get a hard copy in your orientation bag at check in on Monday morning. This is a great resource created by current students for your class. 

White Coat Ceremony Tickets- For quick admittance, please confirm that you’ve printed the valid tickets from Yapsody for your guests (or sent them the valid tickets for them to print themselves). Remember, each student is only allowed 3 tickets (unless an extra ticket was obtained via the lottery).  If a guest's ticket is scanned and Yapsody registers it as invalid, they will not be allowed access to the event.  All tickets must be printed as E-tickets and smartphones cannot be scanned. All tickets will be collected in addition to being scanned. Unfortunately space is limited in the auditorium and ticketing is the only way to ensure a safe and comfortable event for all the participants.  The ceremony is being professionally video recorded and will be posted within days on the P&S YouTube channel.  We will email you the link when it is available for viewing. 

There have been a few small changes to the orientation schedule that I wanted to point out (an updated schedule is posted on the web):

Monday, August 10
White Coat Pick Up at 3:30pm
Student White Coat Line Up from 4:05pm-4:20pm (There will be runners from the Student Lounge to escort you to the line up location beginning at 3:45pm)

Tuesday, August 11
Breakfast will be available from 8:00am-9:00am in the Alumni Auditorium Foyer before the CUMC Administrative Orientation Presentation at 9:00am.

Thursday, August 13
Boat Cruise arrivals begin at 6:00pm. The boat will very promptly depart at 7:00pm, so please do not be late. Due to the cost of this activity, we do not have extra tickets available for guests. 

I hope all  your questions have been answered and it’s been great meeting many of you today for P-SOOP and Bienvenidos check in. I’ll probably send one more email at the end of the week with a few more specific updates about the schedule (rooms, etc.).

Rosemarie Scilipoti
Director of Student Activities and P&S


Less than a week away from the beginning of orientation, so I hope you’re ready to start the new academic year!

1. I’ve attached the Infection Control Quiz file again, since several of you said you didn’t receive it. I hope that covers everyone now! 
2. I've also attached the Clerkship Handbook (which is also on the To Do List), but I wanted to make sure no one had issues accessing the linked file.

I hope everyone is doing well and has generally finished up the To Do List tasks. If any questions come up, please let me know so I can help! *Please email me if you didn't receive this email.

Rosemarie Scilipoti
Director of Student Activities and P&S Club


Less than two weeks before you arrive for orientation! There are a few additions from Student Financial Services on the To Do List, as well as a link to learn about Student Research at the end.

1. If you have a previous Columbia ID, you need to turn it in to the CUMC ID Card Office in order to receive your new one at orientation check in. If you don’t, we will not have your new medical student one upon your arrival.

2. Please make sure that you are regularly checking and using your Columbia Email address in order to communicate with the Columbia Community. You should no longer be using your personal emails to conduct university business.

3. If you’re having any issues completing tasks on the To Do List, please let me know so I can try to help and put you in contact with the correct people at the university. We want to try to solve any issues before you arrive, as opposed to trying to deal with them once you get here.

Hope you’re enjoying the summer and we’ll see you soon!

Rosemarie Scilipoti
Director of Student Activities and P&S Club




We’re getting very close to the start of orientation and the academic year, so please continue to complete the To Do List items (no updates this week). As Orientation week will be extremely busy, I’d recommend finishing items up as early as possible. For example, Daniel Noyes Brown Scholars are still looking for applications, but the deadline isn’t until August 14. I would recommend completing that ASAP, since there will be little time to do it once you get here!

A few other notes:

1. If you haven’t already, it is especially important for you to complete your Pre-Registration Health Requirements ASAP, as that block on your account will prevent your financial aid from being dispersed and from you being registered for your courses.

2. I’ve updated the orientation schedule a bit, but there no additions to Friday, August 14 or any other new days.

3. The lottery for extra White Coat Tickets is complete and those recipients should have received the email yesterday. Unfortunately, there are no more tickets available to be distributed.

4. There are still a decent amount of Broadway tickets available. As of Wednesday, July 29, I will be opening up ticket sales to the rest of P&S. So if you still want to buy one, this is the time to do it.

If you have any concerns or issues, continue to communicate with me so I can make sure the correct people/departments are notified and we can help. If you’ve emailed me, I promised I will get back to you. I just have a lot of emails!

Rosemarie Scilipoti
Director of Student Activities and P&S Club



We’re less than a month away from orientation and we’ve been busy preparing everything for your arrival.

1. There are a few updates on the “To Do List” and I apologize for links randomly not working. Keep letting me know if you’re having issues with links and I will send them to you directly. Also try copying and pasting the link into your browser, as opposed to just clicking on the hyperlink. I have NO idea why there have been all these issues with the links.

I’ve attached (to the email sent on 7/15) one of the items from the “To Do List,” which is the FCM Infection Control PowerPoint Quiz. Please open it from the email, as it doesn’t work properly if I try to link it.

Student Audio Visual Rep Jobs: There is a brief job description and application listed on the “To Do List.” The Student Audio/Visual Representative (SAVR) is employed to support technical systems during lectures and small group sessions. If you have any questions regarding this position please email Sarita Martinez,

2. A spot has opened up for participation in P-SOOP, Columbia's outdoor pre-orientation program! The cost of the trip is $175. Please email and cc if you would like to participate.

Rosemarie Scilipoti
Director of Student Activities and P&S Club



Tomorrow is the deadline for Orientation Registration, White Coat Registration, and ID Card Photo Submission. Please continue to keep in mind any deadlines listed on the To Do List. Please note all future emails from me will be sent to your Columbia Emails, so please make sure you are regularly checking your new accounts!

Just a reminder about the Daniel Noyes Brown Scholars Program, which was briefly mentioned in the Clerkship Letter on your To Do List . This joint venture between the Center for Family and Community Medicine and the Department of Pediatrics, offers a structured longitudinal experience at community-based outpatient sites with supervision by the same group of faculty at that practice over four years. You can find more information about the program, as well as the application on their website. Applications are due on August 14.

Rosemarie Scilipoti
Director of Student Activities and P&S Club



A few pieces of information and reminders:

1. The Orientation Registration deadline is this Friday, July 10. If you have not yet registered, you must do so by this date. This is critical for planning and especially to make sure your white coat is ordered!

2. You should have received emails to your personal email accounts from CUMC IT notifying you that your Columbia Exchange Email accounts are ready to activate and use. Please make sure to do this immediately, as all future emails will go to your Columbia accounts, beginning Friday, July 10. Instructions are available on the “To Do List” and please contact CUMC IT for any additional concerns.

3. There were some issues with the orientation registration form regarding food restrictions and allergies, so we need you to complete this form separately regarding that as well as for t-shirt sizes:  This link is also listed on the “To Do List,” along with a few new updates.

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Rosemarie Scilipoti
Director of Student Activities and P&S Club



Thank you for your patience while we fixed the "To Do List" links that weren't working. They should all now be active, but please let me know if you continue to have issues. I have attached them to this email and updated them on the website.

Also I have been told by CUMC IT that Exchange Email Accounts are still being worked on, so in the meantime you don’t have to do anything or request anything (that was already done for you). I will email you when they are ready, so just continue to expect emails at this email address. I know some of you have told me you’ve been able to use them, but as a whole they are not ready. I know there is confusion with Email Account vs. Exchange Account- they are the same thing.

For those of you who emailed me while I was on vacation, I am working through my emails and I promise to get back to all of you. Also I know some Advisory Deans and Orientation Leaders have emailed, but some have not. If by Friday, July 10 you still haven’t heard anything, please let me know.

Rosemarie Scilipoti
Director of Student Activities and P&S Club



Please note the "To Do List" is now posted, in both PDF and excel formats. Copies of these were also sent to you via email. This should help you in preparing everything this summer and hopefully answers any additional questions you have. There will be additional pieces added as updates come in.


FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2015

Orientation Registration is now OPEN! This includes P-SOOP, Broadway Ticket purchases, and getting your THREE White Coat Ceremony guest passes.



Hello Class of 2019!

My name is Rosemarie Scilipoti, and I am the Director of Student Activities and P&S Club, as well as New Student Orientation. I’m excited to welcome you to P&S and provide you with information regarding what you need to do this summer before you arrive, as well as when you get here in August. Please read this email in full as it elaborates on the email you should have received from Dean Mellman last week. 

1. Please regularly check the Orientation website: I will send an email along with any new website posts (as well as utilize the Facebook group), so please make sure you are checking that as well. The final schedule is still pending, but will be posted on the website very soon (on the left panel). Friday, August 14 should continue to stay open at this point, so just make sure you are prepared for Orientation from Monday, August 10 – Thursday, August 13. There will be an optional pizza social on the evening of Sunday, August 9, but like I said it is optional and just an opportunity to meet your classmates before orientation begins.

2. Orientation Registration will open tomorrow, Friday, June 12 at 12:00pm. This means you can purchase your general orientation pass, register for your THREE White Coat Ceremony and Reception guest passes, as well pay for optional Broadway tickets and participation in the P&S Outdoor Orientation Program (P-SOOP). You must register by Friday, July 10 for your general pass. As we have increase the White Coat Ticket allocation to 3 passes, there is very limited chance for any waitlisted tickets and we cannot guarantee there will be any additional availability. 

Broadway tickets and P-SOOP are both first come, first served, so I recommend signing up for those soon after your general registration. You’ll find all the links on our registration page: You must first purchase your general orientation pass, otherwise your Broadway, White Coat, and P-SOOP registrations/purchases will be invalid. 

3. Make sure to find and activate your UNI: Your University Exchange Email accounts are not yet ready, so don’t worry about activating that yet. All emails will go to the email address you used in the admissions process until the exchange accounts have been created and you’ve been given a chance to activate them.

4. As your university email address is not active, please use an ACTIVE email address when signing up in the Student Health Services Portal. You can register with your UNI as your username, but must use another email address that is currently active, not your Columbia email.  If you already entered this email address, please contact to reset your access.

5. Your “To Do List” will provide you with a list of items you MUST complete before orientation, as well as some other helpful resources for you to review. I am still in the process of updating this, so please just make sure to complete the items listed on your acceptance letter as well as the email instructions from Dean Mellman. 

6. If you will be living on campus, please make sure that you contact the Office of Housing Services at 212-304-7000 to confirm your move in date. P&S Orientation begins on Monday, August 10, and they are prepared for you to begin moving in no earlier than Friday, August 7.  

7. Submit your ID card photo by the P&S deadline of Friday, July 10: We want to make sure everyone has their ID ready at check in on Monday, August 10, so please help us in managing the process. Unfortunately the system will no longer allow the ID card staff to reset photos for those with previous ones in the system. If you do not want to use that photo, you can visit at any time over the summer and take a new one at their office. If you won’t be back in the area until orientation begins, you can take your new photo at that time. 

8. You have all been assigned an Advisory Dean and an Orientation Leader, so keep an eye out for messages from them in the coming weeks!

I think that should give you plenty for now, so until you hear from me again, remember to keep checking the website and also feel free to join the 2019 Facebook page. Many of your classmates are asking great questions and getting answers from current students. We will take a lot of these and use them on our FAQ page and will send emails to you/post on the main page if they are particularly important. Please email me if you have any questions or are having difficulty finding any information. Your Advisory Dean and Orientation Leader will also be excellent resources for the summer as well! We’re all here to help and make sure you’re ready to join us in the Fall! 

Thank you, 
Rosemarie Scilipoti
Director of Student Activities and P&S Club




Welcome P&S Class of 2019!

Congratulations on your acceptance to the College of Physicians and Surgeons. We are excited to have you join us! 

Attached, please find a welcome letter from Lisa Mellman, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs. Please read this document carefully, as it includes important details and information on activating your Columbia email, preparing for Orientation, and getting ready for your upcoming transition to P&S.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding these items, and be sure to visit our Orientation website ( regularly for updates, a To-Do list, and other helpful resources.

Congratulations again. We look forward to seeing you at Orientation!


Adetoro Adegbola
Director of Student Services 


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