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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. We are currently working on preparing this information, so the website won't be up to date until late May/early June.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at or call us at 212-304-7025. As we are still preparing information, please expect to receive an email from Dr. Lisa Mellman, Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs around early June, which will also be available on this website. 

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


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


MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2016

Please note the 2016-2017 Academic Calendar and Fall 2016 Exam Schedules have been posted



As the Class of 2016 graduates and we prepare to welcome the P&S Class of 2020, there are a lot of opportunities for a good deal! Please visit this link for the P&S Student Online Flea Market to find out about items current students are selling as you prepare to move to NYC/Columbia this spring, summer or fall!



New Student Orientation Information for the Class of 2020 will be coming soon! We look forward to meeting all the accepted students at P&S Revisit in April! All the currently listed information is from Class of 2019 and will be updated by June 2016. Class of 2020's Orientation will take place Monday, August 15 - Thursday, August 18, 2016. The White Coat Ceremony will be on Monday, August 15. 

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