MONDAY, AUGUST 12, 2013
In case you're interested in using the Intercampus Shuttle, I wanted to post the link with the route map, schedule, and also a very handy app that you can use to track the shuttles. Many of the students take advantage of the shuttle during Major Clinical Year as well as during finals time for studying at the Morningside Library.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 10, 2013
The Orientation Leaders and I are looking forward to meeting you all tomorrow! Here are the top 10 things to know about orientation this week:
1. You can check in anytime between 9am-12pm tomorrow, so don't feel obligated to show at 9am, but don't wait until exactly 12pm either. We’ll be starting promptly at noon.
2. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes tomorrow for the scavenger hunt. You'll have time to change before the Welcome Dinner at 6pm.
3. If you're planning to grab breakfast Monday morning at the Deans' Welcome, please arrive around 8:50am, as to plan a little extra time to eat. We’ll have bagels, yogurt, fruit, and of course coffee!
4. On Monday, you'll have a little bit of time between the White Coat Rehearsal and the Hippocratic Oath Lunch to change, visit an office, etc.
5. You don't need to wear your anatomy scrubs to the orientation session in Alumni on Tuesday. Just bring them with you, and you'll have the opportunity to change before lab.
6. Note that when your section isn't in Gross Anatomy Lab, you're free. This is another opportunity to visit offices on campus.
7. You only need to attend the Financial Aid presentation on Wednesday if you're receiving any type of aid. If you're unsure, contact the Office of Student Financial Planning to find out 212-305-4100. Also obviously the MD/PhD session on Wednesday is only for those students. If you don't fit into either group of receiving aid or MD/PhD, then you're free until the Advisory Dean Lunch at 12:30pm. Use that opportunity to run errands, etc.
8. Please bring your laptop to the Portfolio Launch Session on Thursday morning.
9. Again dress comfortably on Thursday for Field Day. Your Orientation Leader will talk to you about wearing any other clothing/accessories, etc. in line with your group’s theme.
10. Please be prompt for boarding the boat on Thursday. If you're not there by 7pm, we will leave without you! Don't be that person!! Also make sure to bring both your CUMC ID and State Photo ID w/ birthdate with you. Although alcohol will be served, please remember this is a university sponsored event, and you should behave appropriately. Take note of the lessons learned during the “Honor Code: Is A Doctor Ever Off Duty?” session.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 2013
With the Health Sciences Library new mobile applications page you can find an app to access your favorite journal articles, ebooks and clinical care tools and learn how to authenticate using your Columbia University credentials. The app list includes: PubMed for Handhelds, PubMed on Tap, UptoDate, and Read by QxMD. Access the entire Mobile Applications at http://library.cumc.columbia.edu/mobile-applications.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2013
Here's some clarification about move in this weekend to help you plan:
1. The Office of Housing Services is located at 50 Haven Avenue, Bard Hall 105 (down the hall from the P&S Club Office). You can also enter through 60 Haven Avenue (usually the easier entrance for moving stuff into Bard Hall). Check out this CUMC map to help you get around the campus.
2. They will be open from 9:00am-12:00pm on both Saturday, August 10 and Sunday, August 11 for you to pick up your key. After those hours, you can pick up your key at the 60 Haven Ave Security Desk (50 Haven/Bard Hall and 60 Haven/Tower 1 are connected). If you move in on Friday, they'll be open regular business hours 9:00am-5:00pm.
3. There will be charges for the additional days you move in before Monday, August 12. We're fixing this for next year, but unfortunately this is leftover from when we used to start orientation on Monday.
4. Many of you have asked questions about unloading your vehicles. I can tell you right now there are "No Parking" signs outside the front of Bard Hall and 60 Haven Ave for Saturday and Sunday, so you should be able to pull up and unload your cars/vans/trucks, etc. As for parking, there is just local street parking available- your best bet for finding spots is probably up towards the West 170s or down in the West 150s.
5. For any other move in questions, I'd refer to Housing's "Moving Into Your Dorm" website.
6. You will not be able to pick up your CUMC ID from Orientation Check In until Sunday, August 11 from 9:00am-12:00pm. Remember that orientation activities begin at 12:00pm.
The Orientation Leaders and I are excited to meet you all on Sunday morning!
TUESDAY, AUGUST 6, 2013
A couple MS2's are looking to organize a bike trip around the city - to share some of their favorite bike paths and streets, explore a bit, and mostly just have fun. They're just trying to gauge interest now, so fill out the link if you're interested. More details to follow. Feel free to email Daniel w/ any questions.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 2013
I just posted an electronic copy of the Unofficial Orientation Guide created by members of 2016 for the Class of 2017. This guide (you'll also receive a hard copy at orientation) is filled with advice from students of several classes to help you manage the next few years at P&S. I hope you find it helpful!
Also new to the website is an Introduction Letter to the P&S Portfolio, which can be found on the Pre-Academic Orientation page. This should be read prior to the Portfolio Launch session on Thursday, August 15.
If you have a moment, please register your guests planning to attend the Family Orientation Panel and Tour. It's not mandatory to register, but just for our knowledge in planning.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 1, 2013
Please remember that you received the following info from your initial welcome letter:
"... Please note that the University does not permit students, staff, and faculty to automatically forward Columbia email to non-Columbia addresses such as Gmail or Yahoo or to send any communications to members of the CUMC community from these non-Columbia email addresses. All incoming students will be set-up with CUMC Exchange e-mail accounts with extended storage capacity..."
Make sure that you forward your Cubmail to your Exchange account ONLY (cumc.columbia.edu, not mail.cumc.columbia.edu) and you should only be using your official university email to contact administrators and faculty at Columbia University. If you forward your Cubmail to non-Columbia Email addresses, you will miss important information being sent to you.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 2013
Good news- I just posted the link for your textbooks! Please remember to use these Amazon links, as they have been created to benefit the CoSMO clinic, without any additional cost to you. Don't forget you can use CoSMO's general Amazon link for all your purchases, so proceeds can go to support the clinic.
TUESDAY, JULY 30, 2013
11 days until orientation begins!
I wanted to let you know the Clerkship Handbook and Matching Form has been added to the Pre-Academic Orientation Website, as well as instructions on how to create an account to begin your HIPAA, Safety and Infection Control Training. I should be adding the textbook list sometime this week, but don’t stress too much about that yet. For example, there is still the used textbook sale on Monday, August 26 once the upperclassmen return.
I’ve also posted some information from Student Financial Planning that might be handy for some of the questions you have on the To Do List. There will be a presentation from Student Financial Planning during orientation for those receiving aid, but it’s always good to review everything now and be better prepared with your questions (or get them answered earlier).
I’ve received a lot of emails in the last few days, so if I haven’t responded to your email yet, I promise I will get to it. Any questions that are more student experience specific should first be directed to your orientation leader, and then to me if they don’t have that information. There is a good chance your orientation leader can answer those questions better than I can!
WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, 2013
The Faculty Club has released information for the Bard Meal Plan this Fall 2013 semester. You can find the application here. The Enrollment Deadline for this semester is September 4th, 2013. We will begin meal plan service on September 5th, 2013. Bard Student Dinner Plan includes Hot Buffet, Salad Bar, Bread Station w/ Toaster, Dessert Station, and Assorted Beverages.
***Dinner is served on Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays From 5:00pm- 7:15pm in the Bard Ballroom****
Should you have any questions please send an email to email@example.com.
TUESDAY, JULY 23, 2013
Dear Class of 2017,
I want to again welcome you to P&S. I look forward to seeing you in just three short weeks!
In preparation for the White Coat Ceremony, I want to make sure that I have the correct pronunciation of your name. If the pronunciation is not self-evident, please email me by Wednesday, August 7 a phonetic pronunciation and include the syllable that has the accent, e.g. LEE suh MEHL mun.
I also want to let you know that I have office hours daily, Monday and Wednesday from 12-1 p.m. and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 1-2 p.m. in P&S 3-401 (just off the elevators on the 3rd floor). I encourage you to utilize them, even if it’s to stop by and say hello. Your Advisory Dean is also available to meet with you anytime.
I hope you are as excited as we are to begin the year. Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy this last bit of summer before school starts.
With best wishes for the year,
Lisa A. Mellman, M.D.
Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons
FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2013
Interested in Primary Care? Consider applying to the Daniel Noyes Brown Scholars Program. 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 15.
Please take a moment to find out more about what type of programs the P&S Alumni Association has available for you. They're here to support and connect P&S Alumni with P&S students through programs, outreach and financial support. You'll get to meet them when you stop by their office beginning Tuesday, August 13 to pick up your alumni sponsored stethoscope!
WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 2013
I know several of you have been experiencing issues with Exchange. Please note that the CUMC IT Help Desk can do a remote session if necessary, and they have been told this. If the remote session does not help, then you may need to get the laptop to the front desk. Also the support techs are being instructed to tell you to log on to Web Outlook first, if you're having issues to configure software.
Please make sure when using myPassword, that you're using your UNI and Columbia UNI account password (see below).
If you continue to have problems and are not getting help from CUMC IT, please email me a detailed description of the situation and conversation, so I can follow up and get the problem fixed.
Make sure to check out the CUMC IT Exchange and Outlook website on how to set up Macs and iPhones. The instructions are pretty easy, as I have used them myself to get access to my Exchange email through Apple Mail.
FRIDAY, JULY 12, 2013