College of Medicine and Life Sciences - MD Orientation

MD Orientation Schedule - all sessions are mandatory

  Orientation will begin Tuesday, July 27, 2021 

Please note: The health and safety of our campus community is our priority. We will continue to follow the advice and guidance of our local, state and federal officials, as well as our own infectious disease experts. This may affect plans for our Orientation events. 

*Schedule subject to change.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Virtual and In Person (COB1000B)

 9:00 – 9:15 am

VIRTUAL: My Med & OSA Career Advising CAE:2025
Jackie Wilkinson, M.Ed., Assistant Director for Student Affairs

 9:15 – 10:15 am

VIRTUAL: Financial Aid Entrance Interview
Anne Yeager, M.Ed., Associate Director, Rocket Solution Central 

10:15  11:00 am 

VIRTUAL: Student Resource Offices
Disability Services:  Heather Vennekotter
Student Conduct and Community Standards:  Alex Lewin

11:00 am  12:00 pm

Lunch on your own
Check-in on campus begins promptly at 12:30 pm and ends at 1:10 pm

12:30  1:10 pm

Collier Building (COB), Room 1000B


1:15  1:45 pm 

Office of Student Affairs Staff Welcome
Rande Worth, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Deepa Mukundan, M.D., Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
Obi Ekwenna, M.D.,  Assistant Dean for Student Affairs

1:45 – 2:00 pm

Welcome from UTCOMLS Medical Student Council (MSC) 

Student Org Involvement and MSC Introductions:
Jean Llenos, MSC President 

2:00 – 2:15 pm

UTCOMLS BINGO Scavenger Hunt Overview

2:15 – 3:15 pm

CommunityCare Clinics (CCC)
Vaishnavi Aradhyula and Claire Stoll

3:15 – 4:00 pm 

Academic Enrichment Center (AEC)
Jessica Faber, M.Ed, AEC Director
Stacie Nowak, M.Ed, Learning Specialist
“Stu“ McCarthy, Peer Leader Coordinator
Sarah Cullum, M.Ed., M.A., Wellness Coach 

4:00 – 5:30/6:00 pm 

Dean’s BBQ – attendance required 

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

In Person (COB1000A)

 8:30 – 9:30 am

Welcome from the Deans

  • Christopher Cooper, M.D., Dean, College of Medicine & Life Sciences  
  • Rande Worth, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs                                                   
  • Deepa Mukundan, M.D., Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
  • Obi Ekwenna, M.D.,  Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
  • Jeremy J. Laukka, PhD, Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education
  • Stephanie Mann, MD, MS, HPEd, Associate Dean for Clinical Undergraduate Medical Education
  • Coral D. Matus, MD, FAAFP, Associate Dean for Foundational Sciences

9:30  10:15 am

Dr. Worth

10:15 – 10:30 am

Alumni Introduction
Donna Woodson, M.D., FAAFP 

10:30  11:00 am 

Career Planning & Advising Services 
Dr. Mukundan and Kristi Roberts Hoffman, M.Ed., Career Advising Coordinator

11:00  11:20 am 

Social Media/ Honor Code Introduction
Victoria Soerwarna and Rebecca Asher

11:20 – 11:30 am Student Wellness

Madison Feeley, Andrew Slembarski, and Victoria Soewarna

 11:30 – 11:45 am OSR Rep

Dilpreet Kaeley

11:45 am – 12:00 pm 

Montse Quintana and Mirlinda Elmazi

12:00 – 1:00 pm

Boxed lunch & bottled water provided

1:00 – 2:00 pm

Title IX and Compliance
Katrina Nottke

2:00 – 3:15 pm

Cultural Competency and Diversity
Kimberly D. Jenkins, M.D.

3:15 – 3:30 pm

Health Equity Task Force Infographic
Ameisha Tutwiler

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Thursday, July 29, 2021

In Person (COB1000A)

 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Introduction to the Curriculum 
Jeremy Laukka, Ph.D.

  •  8:30-9:00  Icebreaker for Learning Pods
  •  9:00-9:30  Introduction to DME, faculty and staff, and The Preclinical Curriculum:  Dr. Coral Matus
  •  9:30-9:50  Principles of Clinical Medicine:  Dr. Shirley Bodi
  •  9:50-10:10  The Clinical Curriculum:  Dr. Stephanie Mann
  • 10:10-10:30  BREAK and chat with TBL teams
  • 10:30-10:50  Evaluation and Assessment:  Dr. Lori DeShetler
  • 10:50-11:10  Becoming a Professional:  Dr. Jeremy Laukka
  • 11:10-11:20  “Oh, The Things You’ll Get To Do:”  Dr. Coral Matus
  • 11:20-11:30  Words of wisdom from a M3
  • 11:30-12:00 Breakout Sessions with faculty (system directors and leadership)

12:00 – 12:15 pm

Welcome:  SSG Johnston

12:15 – 1:00 pm

Pizza & bottled water provided

1:00 – 2:00 pm

Student Advocacy and Support
Ben Weiner

 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Student Panel Q&A

  • M4:  Nithya Raya, Shailen Shah
  • M3:  Karen Bach, Blair Baumle
  • M2:  Ganiru Anunike, Sean Halloran

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Friday, July 30, 2021

White Coat Ceremony

White Coat Ceremony graphic

The White Coat Ceremony welcomes medical students to the College, and prepares them for the undertaking they are about to begin.

The 2021 White Coat Ceremony will be held on Friday, July 30, 2021 off campus at the Stranahan Theater and Great Hall. Attendance for the ceremony is limited and tickets are required.

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*Schedule subject to change.

Last Updated: 7/22/21