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P&S New Student Orientation- Class of 2021


Orientation and P-SOOP Registration are now open!

The links can be found on the Orientation website under “Registration” on the left panel and the P-SOOP website under “Register.” 

It is mandatory to register for Orientation and on that link you can also register for your 4 FREE White Coat Ceremony passes, purchase your optional ticket to see “Come From Away” for Tuesday, August 15, and RSVP for your FREE Orientation Boat Cruise ticket for Thursday, August 17. Please contact me if you have any questions. 

For P-SOOP, the cost is $175 (plus Eventbrite fees) and you can contact with any specific questions. This is first come, first serve, so please don’t delay if you’re interested!  

Also a reminder that the Dígame Bienvenidos application is due on Saturday, June 24 and it can be found on the Student Resources website.


MONDAY, JUNE 19, 2017 

P&S Class of 2021,

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 Lisa Mellman last week through Stephanie Autenrieth.

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 Sunday, August 13 - Thursday, August 17, and you should also prepare yourself for your moving plans as needed in advance of orientation itself. Remember orientation check in begins at 2:00pm on Sunday, so make sure to plan adequate moving/unpacking time for yourself.

Registration: Orientation Online Registration will open on Wednesday, June 21 at 12:00pm and closes Friday, July 7 at 2:00pm. The link will be available on the left panel of the Orientation website. Here you will be able to reserve your FREE General Orientation Pass, register for your 4 FREE White Coat Ceremony guest tickets, RSVP for your FREE Orientation Boat Cruise ticket, as well as pay for your Broadway ticket (optional) to see Tony nominated "Come From Away" on Tuesday, August 15 at 7:00pm. There will not be any additional tickets available for the White Coat Ceremony through my office.

Pre-Orientation Programs: There are two exciting pre-orientation options being offered from August 8 -11: Digame Bienvenidos (through IFAP Global Health Program) and P&S Outdoor Orientation Program (P-SOOP). Digame 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 Digame Bienvenidos, please find the application on the Orientation Student Resources website, which is due 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 Wednesday, June 21 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 opt to move into your Bard Hall room early.

UNI and Email Activation: Your UNIs are available and should be activated immediately by visiting this link: You will be notified when your P&S exchange email accounts are ready. Until your exchange accounts are created and you've been notified, all emails will go to the preferred email address you used in the admissions process. Once that happens, you are expected to solely use that official Columbia exchange email address.

New Student Electronic Checklist: You will have access to a very detailed checklist through OASIS later this month, but until then, please focus on the following tasks:

Pre-Registration Health Requirements: Deadline Thursday, June 29. Please review your Pre-Registration Health Requirements. 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 Online 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 ASAP. 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 14 (earlier than the previously listed July 23 date) Unfortunately the system does not 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 a new photo at that time.

You should expect to hear from me on a weekly basis with updates on preparing for orientation and your arrival in August. Please look over the website and I encourage you to join the 2021 Facebook page to get questions answered and get to know your new classmates. 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



Please note the following email went out yesterday evening to your preferred email through admissions.

P&S Class of 2021,

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 2021.

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 any 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



Please do not forget these three important tasks for Pre-Orientation, before the full electronic checklist is released later this month. The one I want to especially remind you of is the Student Health deadline, which is Thursday, June 29 and always ends up requiring more time to get completed than you'd expect!


MONDAY, APRIL 17, 2017

We hope you all enjoyed Revisit and we look forward to meeting you all in the fall. Just a reminder to refer to the links listed in your offer of admission email regarding housing, student health, and financial aid. These links are included on the orientation website for your convenience until the final online checklist is available:



The P&S Club is the Office of Student Activities for the Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, and oversees the New Medical Student Orientation Program. Our administrative staff along with a group of current medical students as well as deans, faculty, and staff plan a 5 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 2021 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 other 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 Sunday, August 13 - Thursday, August 17, 2017. 

The White Coat Ceremony will take place on Monday, August 14, 2017 at 4:30pm at The Armory, located at 216 Fort Washington Avenue. The reception will immediately follow the ceremony in The Armory. Four guest tickets for each incoming student will be distributed through Orientation Registration later in June.  

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

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