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P&S New Student Orientation- Class of 2019


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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