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P&S New Student Orientation- Class of 2018

TUESDAY, JULY 22, 2014

Just a reminder about 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 Friday, August 15.


MONDAY, JULY 21, 2014

Class of 2018-

Below is a letter from Dr. Jonathan Amiel, Associate Dean for Curricular Affairs regarding the equipment you’ll need during medical school:

Dear Students:
As part of your training, you are required to purchase and use a number of medical diagnostic tools. Please see attached for the equipment you will need during your four years at P&S and beyond and some tips from the faculty. We recognize that the equipment is expensive and have included it in the student budget and financial aid calculations.

Your P&S American Medical Student Association (AMSA) chapter will organize an equipment sale through their preferred vendor Welch Allyn to streamline your equipment purchases and to raise funds for the chapter.

Alternatively, you may purchase the equipment on your own. Students often purchase equipment from graduating seniors or online. If you purchase used equipment, we strongly encourage you to test it before you buy it. The Columbia Medical Bookstore (212-932-2149) also sells some of the smaller items (pen lights, reflex hammers, eye charts, tuning forks).

We very much look forward to welcoming you to P&S in just a few short weeks!

Jonathan Amiel, MD
Associate Dean for Curricular Affairs

The P&S Equipment Guide is listed on the To Do List, as well as a link to the optional AMSA ordering information, which includes a letter from the P&S AMSA Representatives, Welch Allyn Order Form, and Promotional Flyer.

Rosemarie Scilipoti
Director of Student Activities and P&S Club

FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2014

We’re down to 22 days to Orientation!! Here’s some new updates, reminders, and details:

1. There are a limited number of Broadway tickets left. You can use these individual links to purchase tickets as long as you’ve registered for orientation (Wicked is sold out): Matilda (won 4 Tony Awards), A Gentleman’s Guide To Love and Murder (only 1 ticket left), or Once (won 8 Tony Awards).

2. For those students who are not interested in the Broadway shows, we are trying to put together a bowling night at Bowlmor Lanes in Times Square. The cost will be about $25/person, which includes unlimited games for 2 ½ hours and shoe rental. Based on interest, food and drink tickets might be available (at an additional cost). Please complete this link ASAP if you’re interested in this option. Please note, you’re not obligated to go bowling or to Broadway, so if you want a night to yourself that’s ok!!

3. There are THREE spots still left for P-SOOP. Here’s the individual link to register for P-SOOP and if you’ve already registered, please remember to fill out the forms located on the website.

4. I’ve now posted the Summer Reading Assignment and Fall 2014 Textbook List on the Pre-Academic Orientation page. I know you’re all excited now! The Clerkship Handbook and Equipment List information will be coming next week.

5. I’ve received emails from several of you regarding where to send the certificates for HIPAA training. I am waiting to hear back from someone about where to send them, so I’ll get back to you next week.

6. Please don’t forget to submit your t-shirt size through this link. The t-shirts are going to be awesome (the orientation leaders are super excited)!

7. If you have any questions regarding on-campus housing, feel free to contact the P&S 2017 Housing Representatives, Adam Butensky and Manish Mehta. They’re happy to help answer your questions and also put you in touch with staff at the Office of Housing Services, if you need extra assistance.


Rosemarie Scilipoti
Director of Student Activities and P&S Club

FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2014

We’re a month away from orientation and I have some information to share:

1. Some of you might have missed the sizing chart on the White Coat Ceremony website before you registered for orientation. If you need to change your white coat size, please email me by Monday, July 14 at 9:00am, as I need to submit the sizes that day.

2. To accommodate those of you that have been out of the country or just been accepted from the waiting list (congrats!), I’ve extended the deadline for orientation registration to Friday, July 18. If for some reason you’re unable to register, please at least email me the following information ASAP:
Full Name, Fall Housing Plan (On Campus or Off Campus), Food Restrictions/Allergies, White Coat Size, and # of White Coat Ceremony Guests (there are no tickets or official limit). I’ve requested for the deadline to be extended, but I haven’t heard back from the Ticket Information Center yet.

3. I’ve made several updates on the Pre-Academic Orientation page:
                     a. HIPAA, Safety and Infection Control Training
                     b. Hippocratic Oath Reading
                     c. Gross Anatomy Welcome Letter and Welcome Video
                     d. Introduction Letter for the P&S Portfolio
                     e. P&S Honor Code and Suitability for the Practice of Medicine documents
                     f. P&S Academic Calendar 2014-2015
                     g. Fall 2014 Exam Schedule

4. Please make sure to submit your ID card photo ASAP. If you have a previous Columbia ID, you will need to turn in the old ID to the ID Card Office in order to get your new one. If you’d like a new picture, they can take a new photo on site when you turn the old ID in.

5. I’ve added some Laptop/Computer Hardware Specifications and documents from the Office of Student Financial Planning to the To Do List

6. Find out more information about the Daniel Noyes Brown Scholars Program- applications due August 15.

7. Just a reminder from my last email that I need everyone to submit their t-shirt size (standard men’s):

8. There are still six P-SOOP spots available, so please sign up if you’re interested!

I hope you’re all enjoying your summer!
Rosemarie Scilipoti
Director of Student Activities and P&S Club


If you have White Coat sizing questions, please check out the sizing chart we have on the White Coat Ceremony website.



A few updates for you:

1. Please make sure to register for New Student Orientation and submit your ID Card Photo by this Friday, July 11. The links are posted on the website.

2. I've sent via email and will post in the Facebook page, a PDF document (alphabetized by your last name) with your Advisory Dean and Orientation Leader assignment. Please note, I am not posting this on the website for privacy reason. Both your Advisory Dean and Orientation Leader should be in touch within the next week via email (if they haven’t been already).

3. In preparation for orientation, I need everyone to enter their t-shirt size (standard men’s): It’s a quick survey monkey link, so please complete it ASAP. You’ll receive the shirt at check in on Sunday, August 10.

4. The tentative schedule is now up on the website. Please note there may still be some changes, but it should give you an idea of what your week will look like.

5. There are only 6 spots left for P-SOOP, so if you’re interested in attending, I recommend signing up ASAP!

6. There are limited tickets left for Wicked and Gentleman’s Guide, but still plenty for Once and Matilda (both fantastic shows that I have seen). Again don’t delay in signing up for this if you want to attend.

7. If you are not interested in going to a Broadway show, we are looking into an alternate activity. Stay tuned for more information on that!

8. I am still updating the links on the Pre-Academic Orientation page, so please check it regularly. I will highlight the updated links in pink with the date, so you know it’s been recently updated.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me, your orientation leader, or your Advisory Dean. We’re all here to help!

Rosemarie Scilipoti
Director of Student Activities and P&S Club


FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2014- PART 2

Hello Class of 2018!

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 Dr. Mellman earlier today.

1. Please make sure you regularly check the Orientation website. I will usually send an email along with any important posts, but it is your responsibility to check the website as well. The schedule will be posted on the website next week (on the left panel), but please be aware it is still subject to changes. Friday, August 15 should continue to stay open at this point, so make sure you are prepared for Orientation from Sunday, August 10 – Thursday, August 14.

2. Orientation Registration is now open! This means you can purchase your orientation pass, as well as optional Broadway tickets and a spot for P&S Outdoor Orientation Program (P-SOOP). You must register for orientation by Friday, July 11 through our website. You will see a link on the left “Registration: NOW LIVE!” for you to sign up. Through this registration, you’ll provide us some individual information, white coat size, and notify us of any major food allergies/issues. Please keep in mind that you must have already purchased or have the orientation pass in your cart in order to purchase Broadway tickets and/or the P-SOOP pass. Although the Broadway and P-SOOP tickets will technically be available past the July 11 deadline, I would recommend purchasing those early as there is limited space (110 Broadway tickets and 32 P-SOOP spots) and they have sold out early in the past. 

3. Make sure to find and activate your UNI as well as university email through Right now you’ll just be using CubMail, but the Exchange accounts will be created and distributed very soon. All future emails will go to your university email address, so you should begin checking it regularly after you set up your account.

4. 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. The Pre-Academic Orientation page is especially important for you to look at and complete important tasks. I am still working on updating the information posted, and will let you know when it’s ready (hopefully next week).

5. If you will be living on campus (particularly in Bard Hall), please make sure that you contact the Office of Housing Services to confirm your move in date. P&S Orientation begins on Sunday, August 10, so I strongly advise you move in by at least Saturday, August 9. They are prepared for move in on Friday, August 8 or Saturday, August 9, but you must let them know by calling them at 212-304-7000. You definitely want time to settle in whether you will be living on or off campus, as orientation is an extremely busy week!

6. Submit your ID card photo by the P&S deadline of Friday, July 11. We want to make sure everyone has their ID ready at check in, so please help us in managing the process. If you already have a Columbia ID, you may need to turn the old one into the ID Card Office to get a new CUMC student one. If you were previously affiliated with Columbia, you may already have a photo on file. You’re welcome to continue to use that one or if you contact the ID card office they can reset it, so you can submit a new photo.

7. You will all be assigned an Advisory Dean and an Orientation Leader. I will probably send that out next week, so keep an eye out for my next email!

I think that should give you plenty of info for now, but expect to hear from me throughout the rest of the summer. Feel free to join the 2018 Facebook page, because 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, as well as send emails to you/post on the website if they are important. Please email me or any department that involves your question- we’re all here to help and make sure you’re ready to join us in the Fall!

Thank you and I look forward to meeting all of you in August!

Rosemarie Scilipoti
Director of Student Activities and P&S Club


FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2014- PART 1

Welcome P&S Class of 2018!
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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