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P&S New Student Orientation- Class of 2020

The P&S Club is the Office of Student Activities for the College of Physicians and Surgeons, and oversees the New Student Orientation Program. Our administrative staff along with a group of current medical students as well as deans, faculty, and other staff plan a 4 day orientation program with a selection of academic and social events to help prepare you for medical school. 

We are excited for you to join us as the Class of 2020 and look forward to corresponding with you throughout the summer, as you prepare for your arrival in August! This website is designed to assist in your transition to P&S and we encourage you to visit it often to obtain the most up to date information regarding Orientation Week, Pre-Orientation To Do Lists, as well as links to important information. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at or call us at 212-304-7025. 

Orientation will take place Monday, August 15 - Thursday, August 18.
The White Coat Ceremony will take place on Monday, August 15. 

We look forward to meeting all of you in August!
Rosemarie Scilipoti, Director of Student Activities and P&S Club




Schedule: Wednesday morning starting at 9:50 now with just the “About SVR (Sexual Violence Response)” presentation.    

Broadway Alternate Activity: 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. Orientation Leaders will be in Bard lobby at 5:30pm to meet up with you for a prompt 5:45 departure!

Welcome Week: We’ve asked our current medical students to host some on and off campus events for your class. This would give you a chance to meet some other students, as well as get to know NYC a bit more. Since some of you are local and knowledgeable, I wanted to give you a chance to host some events of your own. Please visit this link to find out about events and add some of your own (students are still adding):

Brown Scholars: Applications can still be submitted for this! Please check out their website for more info:

Rosemarie Scilipoti
Director of Student Activities and P&S Club



To Do List: At this point, almost all your items should be completed and the rest should be completed in the next week. Please review your list and make sure you’re not missing anything.

Schedule Changes: I’ve uploaded a new version of the schedule on the website. 
-White Coat Pick Up: 3:15pm (Last Name A-L) 3:30pm (Last Name M-Z)
-There have been BALSO and Lambda LGBTQ receptions added to the post-orientation schedule. 

Check In: All students (whether you’ve received your CUMC ID already or not), please come to the check in table on Monday morning. We want to make sure everyone has arrived. Also please remember to bring your photo ID (driver’s license, etc.) in order to receive your CUMC ID Card. If you already have a previous Columbia ID, please make sure to bring it to campus with you, as you will need to turn it into the ID Card Office in order to receive a CUMC version.

Dress Code: This question comes up frequently. For a majority of orientation, we recommend neat casual (jeans are fine). A few exceptions are White Coat Ceremony, Field Day and Boat Cruise. For White Coat Ceremony, business casual is best. Dresses, skirts, or pants are fine. Jackets and ties are not required, but some opt to wear them. Field Day is comfortable clothing, so you might want to bring something to change into (we’ll be providing t-shirts in your orientation bags!). As for boat cruise, most students like to get dressed up. Nothing extremely fancy, but dresses, skirts, button downs, etc. 

Family Orientation RSVP: Please remind your families to sign up.

White Coat Ceremony: 
-Guests: Please remind your guests, that they should bring a printed copy of their ticket as they will be scanned and collected, no smartphone tickets will be scanned. Remember, each student is only allowed 3 tickets (unless you were given an extra ticket by another student).  If a guest's ticket is scanned and it registers it as invalid, they will not be allowed access to the event.  Unfortunately space is limited in the auditorium and ticketing is the only way to ensure a safe and comfortable event for all the participants.  

-Livestream: The ceremony is being live streamed (approximately 4:30pm-6:30pm) and a video will be posted afterwards on the P&S website:

-Class Photo: After the ceremony ends, your class will be dismissed first and orientation leaders will help escort you to the cascading staircase in front of VEC. As the first new class of the new building, you’ll be taking a class photo on the staircase. Please tell your families to meet you after the ceremony at VEC as you’ll be leaving Alumni before they do. This is where the reception will take place, so volunteers will help guide them to the building. 

Boat Cruise: Please begin arriving between 6pm-6:30pm to pick up your tickets and board the boat. You must bring both your CUMC ID AND photo ID with birthdate to board the boat and receive your tickets. Dinner, unlimited non-alcoholic drinks and one alcohol drink ticket (beer and wine only) are included. To purchase any additional alcoholic drinks, please bring cash to pay at the bar. I’ve attached directions for those of you unfamiliar with Chelsea Piers.

Gross Anatomy: Please remember to bring your scrubs for anatomy on Tuesday. You don’t have to change into them before the lecture, as you’ll have time to do so when you start the lab portion. 

Rosemarie Scilipoti
Director of Student Activities and P&S Club



I hope you’re doing well and enjoying your final days before your arrival at P&S! I have a few notes:

OASIS Updates:
-The NYP Clinical Annual Hospital Training is 2015, not 2014. They changed the date, but it’s actually the same training.
-The instructions on how to add your form to the OASIS Academic History are listed in the link “NYP Training Instructions for Students.”
-The Pre-Arrival Tutorial has gone out via email. If you’re having issues, you can refer questions to the Office of University Life
-Since you’re still in the process of being registered for courses, HIPAA Training may not yet have gone out. Just keep an eye out. 

White Coats: Please note that White Coat sizes cannot be changed at this point for the ceremony itself, but any time after you can stop by the CUMC Bookstore and exchange it for the correct size. Please make sure that you don’t put any patches on the coat before returning it, because the Bookstore won’t exchange it if it’s been altered or patched in any way. If your name tag (it will list your legal first and last names only) is spelled incorrectly, please contact Andrea Patterson to replace it, after the ceremony. If you want extra nametags, that will be at your own expense. 



TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2016

1. I am still waiting on the Pre-Arrival Tutorial information, so don't stress about it yet. If I don't get it soon, the deadline for its completion will also be extended as well. You'll have time to get it done.

2. I’ve attached a message from Dr. Elizabeth Shane, Associate Dean for Student Research about the new dual degree MD/Masters in Biomedical Science (MD/MS) program at P&S. There will be an optional session during orientation for anyone that might be interested. 

3. Although we encourage everyone to attend the Orientation Boat Cruise, we understand that some of you may have other obligations which prevent you from attending. If you know right now that you will not be attending the boat cruise, please let us know as soon as possible.

4. On Monday, August 15, we offer an optional Family Orientation Panel and Tour before the White Coat Ceremony. Please visit this form ( to RSVP your guests attendance. It’s not mandatory to RSVP, but we just want to get a sense of how many guests to expect and what questions they may have. 

Rosemarie Scilipoti
Director of Student Activities and P&S Club



A few updates:

1. The Gross Anatomy Information is now posted on your OASIS Check List
2. I’ve added the P&S Student Guide and the Student AV Rep Job Description on the Student Resources Page
3. We still have 9 tickets left for Kinky Boots, so if you’re interested in purchasing, please email me.
4. Please keep checking off items you’ve completed on your OASIS Check List, as I will be reviewing that periodically to see how you’re all doing. 

Please continue to email, your Orientation Leader, your Advisory Dean, or the specific department your question applies to, as well as utilize the Facebook group, with any questions you have! I definitely recommend reviewing the Student Guide, as that also may answer some questions you have. 

Rosemarie Scilipoti
Director of Student Activities and P&S Club



The textbook link is now located on the Student Resources page. The info for “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down” and “The Health Care Handbook” information are listed, so you can purchase those for your Summer Reading Assignment. 

If you use the links listed for CoSMO, your purchase will directly benefit one of our student run clinics, Columbia Student Medical Outreach. Also you can use their link ( for any and all Amazon purchases (along with family and friends) and the clinic will receive a percentage of funds from your everyday purchases. 

As for the other textbooks, many students don’t purchase them immediately and will wait to buy them used once arriving on campus or might not buy it at all (you can ask your orientation leader their opinion). You can also utilize the P&S Student Online Flea Market to see books that might be available on there. 

I’ve also added the Bard Hall Meal Plan Application on both the OASIS Checklist and the Student Resources page, for those of you interested in signing up. 

Rosemarie Scilipoti
Director of Student Activities and P&S Club


ID Card Photo: At this point you should have already done this, but if you have not, please make sure to complete this task immediately! If you have any issues submitting your photo, it’s best if you contact the CUMC ID Card Office directly.

OASIS: There have been some updates to the OASIS Checklist. Please let me know if you have any problems viewing these changes: Summer Reading Assignment I, Summer Reading Assignment II, Clerkship Letter and Handbook, and Portfolio Introduction Letter.

Staff: I’ve posted photos/bios of the orientation staff, so you can get to know everyone before arriving next month. Also you should begin hearing from your Advisory Dean this week (photo/bios also on that website). If you haven’t heard from your AD yet it’s fine, some might reach out next week. 

Broadway: There are still several tickets available if anyone is interested in buying. 

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer! Please continue to email, call or post on Facebook with any questions you have!

Rosemarie Scilipoti
Director of Student Activities and P&S Club



OASIS: I hope that you've all been able to access OASIS. I realized that I never included the OASIS Student Guide/Instructions, which I attached in the email I sent and is also linked on the Student Resources page. Also in order to "check off" on your To Do List, you should click on the item on the check list and then you'll see an "Add Entry" link in the upper right corner. You will click on that, verify the date, select yes the requirement is complete, and then click submit.

Registration: Thanks to most of you for already completing your orientation registration! For those of you that have not, please do so by Friday, July 8. We need information from you in order to prepare for your arrival (like your white coat size), so please make sure you get this done. If you’re having any issues completing it, please contact me ASAP. 

P-SOOP: We’ve extended the deadline for P-SOOP to TOMORROW Thursday, July 7 at 12:00pm. There is still space, so if you’re interested, please sign up ASAP!

Student Health: I know some people have not yet completed this because they’re out of the country. Please make sure you immediately schedule your doctor appointments for when you return, as it can be difficult to get appointments in July and you also need a second appointment several days later in order to have the tests read. Plus once you submit the paperwork to student health, it needs time to be reviewed to make sure everything is correct. Without having this submitted by your arrival in August, you cannot be registered for classes, cannot access your courses, and it can negatively impact your financial aid. This is extremely important!

Daniel Noyes Brown Scholarship: Please visit to find out about participating in this 4-year program in Primary Care. The goals are to teach students the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that are at the core of longitudinal patient care and community health; provide one to one mentoring; and provide students with a home base during the four years of medical school. Students in this program will have a structured longitudinal four-year experience at a community-based clinic, with supervision by the same group of faculty at that practice. 

Rosemarie Scilipoti
Director of Student Activities and P&S Club


FRIDAY, JULY 1, 2016

You should have OASIS ( access for your Orientation Course as of today, which means you can view and use the official check list. This is the first time we're using an OASIS check list for orientation, so please let me know if you have any problems, and I will get it fixed ASAP. The university will be closed on Monday for the holiday, but I'll be back on Tuesday morning.

Rosemarie Scilipoti
Director of Student Activities and P&S Club


TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2016

I hope you’ve been enjoying your summer! A few notes as we continue to prepare for your arrival in August.

-After this email, all future emails from me will begin going to your university email account. You should all have activated your UNIs and exchange accounts by this date. If you’ve encountered any difficulties that the help desk still has not resolved, please contact Stephanie Autenrieth

-Tomorrow is the deadline for the Mandatory Preregistration Health Requirements. At this point you should have completed this, but if you have not, I strongly suggest that you schedule immediately any necessary doctor appointments as soon as possible to complete it. This is critical in order for it to be reviewed before you begin in August as a student and you must have it completed before you arrive, as this can negatively impact your financial aid and course registration/access.

-I am finalizing your OASIS access and you should be able to log in by the end of the week to access your official to do list. To allow you to begin completing items, I’ve posted a simplified PDF version for you to use in the meantime. Several items are still pending instructions/materials/information and I will let you know when those are added. Until then, please focus on completing the items that have information attached. 

-I’ve posted a draft copy of the schedule. There are possible changes to be made, as well as descriptions to add.

-You should have heard from your orientation leader at this point, so please feel free to ask them any questions you might have. Your Advisory Dean assignments will be coming by mid-July. 

-Just a reminder that Orientation Registration is due Friday, July 8 and P-SOOP still has spaces if you are interested in signing up. P-SOOP’s deadline is this Friday, July 1, so don’t delay!

-If you have not yet applied for CUMC Housing, please do so IMMEDIATELY, as the deadline has passed. Please see the information on the To Do List for the links. 

Continue to email with any questions and definitely keep using Facebook for more student specific questions. There are lots of people around to answer!

Looking forward to meeting you in August!
Rosemarie Scilipoti
Director of Student Activities and P&S Club


MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2016

Orientation Registration and P-SOOP Registration are now open!

Through General Orientation Registration, you can pay your mandatory $85 fee (plus Eventbrite fees), register for your 3 free White Coat Ceremony Passes, and purchase your optional ticket to see “Kinky Boots” on Broadway. If you have any questions, please contact

You’ll find the link to register for the optional pre-orientation program, P-SOOP (P&S Outdoor Orientation Program). The cost is $175 (plus Eventbrite fees). Please contact with any questions about the program. Remember this is first come, first serve, so please don’t delay on registering!



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. 

Website: Please regularly check the Orientation website: I will send an email along with any new posts (as well as utilize the Facebook group), so it gives you multiple ways to stay informed. The final schedule is still pending, but will be posted on the website very soon (on the left panel). Remember Orientation will take place Monday, August 15 – Thursday, August 18, and you should also prepare yourself for your moving plans as needed in advance of orientation itself. There will be a Meet and Greet on Sunday evening, August 14, but this is optional and just an informal opportunity to meet your classmates and the Orientation leaders.

Registration: Orientation Registration will open on Monday, June 20 at 12:00pm and closes Friday, July 8 at 2:00pm. The link will be available on the left panel of the Orientation website. Here you will be able to purchase your general orientation pass, register for your 3 free White Coat Ceremony guest tickets, as well as pay for your Broadway ticket (optional) to see “Kinky Boots” on Wednesday, August 17. Unfortunately there are no additional tickets available for the White Coat Ceremony through my office, as space is very limited in Alumni Auditorium.

Pre-Orientation Programs: There are two exciting pre-orientation options being offered from August 9-12: Dígame Bienvenidos (through IFAP Global Health Program) and P&S Outdoor Orientation Program (P-SOOP). Dígame will give you a truly unique exposure to the local Washington Heights culture as you explore relevant history and delve into themes of social justice. Or, take an adventure with P-SOOP and experience the Catskill mountains, cook your own s’mores over campfire, and hike with your new classmates. Either program is a wonderful opportunity to meet incoming students, get to know upperclassmen, and learn about P&S. If you’re interested in Dígame Bienvenidos, please email to request an application, which is due Friday, June 24 at 5:00pm and there is no cost to participate in the program (all meals and activities are covered). P-SOOP registration will open on Monday, June 20 at 12:00pm and is first come, first serve with a limited number of spaces (no application process), but there is $175 registration fee to cover meals and transportation. For both programs, you’ll be responsible for the cost of housing if you move into your Bard Hall room early.

UNI Activation: Your UNIs are available and should be activated immediately by visiting this link: 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 notified.

To Do List: You will have access to a very detailed To Do List through OASIS beginning next week, which will prepare you for your arrival to campus. Until then, please make sure to complete the tasks listed in your acceptance letter and Dean Mellman’s letter:

Student Health: Deadline Wednesday, June 29, 2016. Completed health forms can be uploaded securely to the secure Web Portal at: and you can download pre-registration forms here: Please make sure you plan for this as it takes time to not only get doctor appointments, but also to have your titers read, etc. Submitting these forms is critical for you to be a registered student, as it will prevent you from being registered for classes, have access to your courses, and receive your financial aid. Also since your university email address is not active yet, please make sure to use an ACTIVE email address when signing up in the Student Health Services Portal. You can register with your UNI as your username, but you must use another email address that is currently active. If you already entered the wrong email address, please contact to reset your access.

Housing: If you plan to live on campus in Bard Hall, please make sure to complete your Housing Application by Friday, June 17. If you have questions, please contact the Office of Housing Services at 212-304-7000.

ID Card: Submit your ID card photo by Friday, July 8 at 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 the CUMC ID Card Office 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. 

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 2020 Facebook page. Many of your classmates are asking great questions and getting answers from current students. Please email if you have any questions or are having difficulty finding any information. 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


FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 2016

P&S Class of 2020,

Congratulations again on your acceptance to the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University. We are very excited you have decided to join us in August as a member of the class of 2020. 

Attached is your Welcome Letter from Dr. Lisa Mellman, Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs. Please read this document carefully, as it includes important information regarding your upcoming transition to P&S.

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions regarding these items, and be sure to visit our Orientation website ( regularly throughout the coming weeks. 

Congratulations again. We look forward to seeing you at New Student Orientation.

Stephanie Autenrieth
Director of Student Services

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