Congratulations on Your Admission
to the UConn School of Medicine.
Office of Medical Student Affairs and Admissions
Melissa Held, M.D.
Associate Dean for Student Affairs (Interim)
Thomas Regan, M.D.
Assistant Dean of Admissions and Student Affairs
Carla Burns, M.Ed.
Director of Admissions and Student Affairs
Liz Golebieski, M.P.H.
Administrative Program Coordinator
Administrative Program Coordinator
Administrative Program Assistant
Admission to the School of Medicine is quite an accomplishment, and we are very pleased for you. Before the year gets started there is a good deal of information we would like to share with you, and some information that we will need to gather from you as well. This page is the source for that information, so please check it regularly. We will be adding important information over the course of the spring and summer, and will notify you via email when we have made additions. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
PREPARE FOR LAUNCH
Preparatory materials for Orientation/Launch have been posted on HuskyCT. Instructions on how to access these materials are below. You can expect that a significant amount of preparation will be required for a number of sessions during this period. While formal grades will not be issued during the Launch period, the material taught in classes during Launch will be tested on as early as the 1st weeks of September in graded homework assignments and later during the end of Block LEAP examinations. Please note: You will need to check back prior to the start of Launch as some syllabi and preparatory materials will be added in an ongoing basis until the Launch begins. HuskyCT: is our curricular management system, and where you will find information on your courses and assignments. The navigation toolbar on the left is identical for all courses. You will need your NetID in order to log into HuskyCT at lms.uconn.edu.
Schedule & Required Preparation: The schedule for Orientation/Launch has not been finalized yet. However, attached is a list of all of the sessions that have required preparatory assignments IN ADVANCE of the session. You can find the preparation for the August 12, 13, and 14 sessions by following the following instructions after logging into HuskyCT & clicking on Courses in the left menu:
- 1. Launch > Curricular Materials > AITS Introduction > Syllabus. Required ReALM Materials lists the required preparation assignments.
- 2. Launch > Curricular Materials > TBL and How to Succeed > Syllabus. Required ReALM Materials lists the required preparation assignments.
- 3. Launch > Curricular Materials > Becoming a Healthcare Professional > Syllabus. The Recommended ReALMS in this syllabus are the required preparation for the session.
- 4. Launch > Curricular Materials > Delivery of Clinical Care (DoCC) Pre-Sessions/Clinical Skills & Simulation Activities > DoCC 1 (or 2 or 3) > Syllabus. The Recommended ReALMS in these syllabi are the required preparation for the sessions.
WHITE COAT SURVEY
During the White Coat Ceremony, each student will have a moment to briefly introduce themselves. Consider it a tweet, and keep it to 140 characters or less. Don’t overthink it, just say something about yourself, who you are, or what you love. Keep your tweet about YOU (we will be doing a thank-you to all the families for you). We also need to know how to pronounce your name! So use the link below to fill out the white coat survey by Friday, August 10th.
LAUNCH/ORIENTATION BOOK GROUP
There will be a book discussion program during new student orientation. The book selected for this year’s orientation is Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century (2011) by Dorothy Roberts. Originally published in 2011, you can find the book as described below.
Please be prepared to discuss the assigned chapters on August 14th. The educational team at UConn chose this book because it both addresses commonly held misconceptions about “race” and because it will serve as an important foundation for later sessions in Stage 1 of the curriculum.
Our choice of the book and instructions for discussion are adapted from a summer curriculum developed at University of Washington School of Medicine.
By the end of the summer reading program and small group discussions, incoming medical and dental students will be able to:
- 1. Identity that race was created as a social construct and is not a biological risk factor for disease;
- 2. Distinguish how race has been used and misused in medical and dental education, scientific research and clinical care;
- 3. Describe how racism contributes to health inequities.
The plan is to convene several small discussion groups, each with a faculty member facilitator to help foster discussion. This is designed to be a relaxed, informal experience, and we ask that you come ready for a respectful and thoughtful discussion of a topic that is central to understanding health care and health inequities in the twenty-first century.
Assigned reading: Chapters 1, 4, and 6.
Chapter 1 is in Part I of the book: Believing in Race in the Genomic Age
Chapters 4 & 6 are in Part II of the book: The New Racial Science
How to access Fatal Invention:
Faculty and students can access Fatal Invention in several ways. See below.
- 1) E-Book in UConn Health library*: you will need both your UConn Health login in (to get into the library) and your NetID and password, if it is asked for. Library e-book
*Caution, only one person can access the e-book at a time. Good times to try include early in the morning.
- 2) Any local library might have a physical or e-copy.
- 3) Probably the easiest way for many faculty/students is by buying Fatal Invention as a Kindle e-book.** The kindle version costs ~$12.00 on Amazon today. (Amazon) The kindle version allows you to highlight and take notes on the text, as you would on a physical copy.
**Note, users do NOT need to own a Kindle device. Kindle has an app that works on smart phones, tablets and both PCs and Macs (Free Kindle Apps). The app is free. You can add the "audible" version and listen to the assignment for an additional ~ $3-$8.
Welcome to the UConn School of Medicine Clinical Immersion in the Community (CLIC) Program!
Starting in September and continuing for three years, you will spend one half-a-day per week with one of our community faculty members working within their practice. The fundamental goals of the UConn CLIC Program are to expose you to patients in a continuity setting and to allow you to become increasingly involved with patient care as your knowledge and skills develop over time. The UConn CLIC Program is one of the defining features of our medical school curriculum and we like to offer students the opportunity to provide their preferences for site placements. We will do our best to take preferences into account when matching students to sites, but it isn’t always possible to provide student’s top choices due to availability and the schedule. We ask that you complete the brief questionnaire found via the link below by Monday, July 27th to help us in the placement process. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Rasy Mar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please complete the parking form and email it to email@example.com with ‘Student Parking – first name last name’ in the subject line. This form is due by 5 pm (EST) on Friday, July 31st. Under category, check SOM 1st year. The payment type and payroll deduction sections should be left blank.
WHITE COAT CEREMONY
While the specifics of the Orientation and Launch schedule has not yet been finalized (August 12-28), the date and time for the White Coat Ceremony has been set! The School of Medicine’s White Coat Ceremony will take place on Friday, August 21st at 10 am. The current plan (subject to change if COVID-19 restrictions change) is to have a live in-person ceremony in the Academic Rotunda, in a socially distant manner. Due to COIVD-19 restrictions, the ceremony will be limited to students only, no guests. However, there will be a live stream of the ceremony available for family and friends. The attire for the White Coat Ceremony is professional.
TOWN HALL MEETING FOR INCOMING STUDENTS
We are looking forward to meeting and working with you all! We will hold a virtual Town Hall on July 28th starting at 6pm (EST) as a way for you to meet some key faculty and get some information on your first semester. A link will be sent to you for the meeting via email as we get closer.
If you are coming from a state OTHER THAN CT, MA, RI, VT, ME, NH, NY or NJ, you should plan to quarantine 14 days prior to coming to campus. This would mean coming to CT and quarantining here for 14 days prior to our start date of August 12. If you are coming from a community in these states above that also has a high rate of COVID transmission, we would also strongly recommend quarantine.
Obviously this is subject to change based on the current COVID conditions in our state and others. Please continue to monitor the COVID rates in your area and contact us if you have questions.
For more information please review:
Considerations for travel:
The standardized laptop requirement for the School of Medicine for students entering in 2020 is the Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1. You will receive the required laptop when you arrive on campus so you do not need to purchase one in advance. It will be pre-loaded with the required curricular software chosen by the faculty. The Latitude 7400 is a top of the line model equipped with an Intel Core i7 processor technology and 16 GB RAM and meets the strict specifications mandated by the e-testing program used throughout your courses here. The computer comes with a warranty in the event that your laptop needs repairs. The laptop is itemized on your tuition and fee bill. If you receive financial aid, the cost of the laptop is included in the budget prepared by the financial aid office.
WHAT TO BRING TO MEDICAL SCHOOL
- Students need to purchase this textbook which they need for LAUNCH, as well as for DoCC A-E: Bates' Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking (12th ed.)
- Be prepared with plenty of professional clothing (not suits, but business casual).
- You may want to purchase a cheap pair of scrubs for Anatomy Lab.
- During orientation, you will be given a laptop to keep (included in tuition/fees), parking pass for the year, 2-year Boards and Beyond Subscription, as well as a stethoscope (a generous gift from the Alumni Association), a membership to the Wellness Center, and spacious locker.
- Your portrait will be taken on the first day or Orientation, so look sharp (professional dress)!
$2,946 MEDICAL INSURANCE CHARGE
As a student, it is a university requirement that you are insured in a medical insurance plan. ALL UConn Health students are automatically be charged for the university sponsored Wellfleet/Cigna medical insurance plan. The cost of the coverage, for the full plan year (August 1, 2020 to July 31, 2021) is $2,946.00.
All of your program/tuition/charges/fees will be billed via the UConn student administration system. If you haven’t already, you will receive an email notification when your fall 2020 e-bill is available to view. You will not receive a printed/mailed fee bill. The $2,946.00 student insurance charge will be one of the charges posted on your fall 2020 term fee bill.
You do have the option to choose an alternative medical insurance plan – other than the university sponsored Wellfleet/Cigna plan. If you choose to be covered by another insurance plan (including a parent’s insurance plan) you MUST complete an online insurance waiver, to have the $2,946.00 insurance charge removed from your fall 2020 fee bill.
If you are considering enrollment in the Wellfleet/Cigna plan, and the additional dental coverage, you can find an explanation of the plan benefits/coverage in the attached 2020-2021 Medical Coverage Highlights, Medical Benefits at a Glance, and Dental Plan Flyer.
The online waiver, to decline the Wellfleet/Cigna plan, is accessed via the student administration system. You can find the instructions on how to complete the waiver on the Waive UConn Health Insurance page. The online waiver is available until the deadline of September 15, 2020. If you have other alternative medical coverage and do not want to be enrolled in the Wellfleet/Cigna plan – you MUST complete an online waiver, prior to the September 15, 2020 deadline. Failure to complete an online wavier will result in your enrollment in the plan and you will NOT be eligible for a refund of the $2,946.00 premium.
If you have questions related to the plan, benefits or waiver process, please contact Tresca Smith, the University of Connecticut, Insurance Coordinator at Tresca.firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-486-4535.
Download Medical Coverage Highlights
Download Medical Benefits at a Glance
Download Dental Plan Flyer
You must visibly wear your ID badge at all times in the Health Center. The ID Office will prepare your badges in advance, and they will be provided to you on the first day of orientation. In order to do this, you need to provide a “head shot” photo of yourself, and email it to email@example.com by Monday, July 20th. In the subject line of your email, write your Last name, First name, student photo.
Your photo must be:
- Against a solid background
- A shoulders & up head shot (not a selfie)
- In jpg format
- Facing forward
As a student, you will have a free membership to the Wellness Center, as well as access to free wellness classes. Located in LM-034 (around the corner from the Financial Aid Office), you will have 24/7 badge access. For questions, email the Wellness Center firstname.lastname@example.org. In order to gain access, register for the Wellness Center and click submit. After you submit your registration, your student ID badge will be activated and you will be able to swipe it for access to the Center.
WHITE COAT ORDERING
All students will receive a white coat at the White Coat Ceremony. Place your white coat order and select your size and how you want your name to appear by filling out this survey . These coats use men’s sizing, please refer to the size chart below. Please be sure to submit your answers by June 26th. We want to make sure that we have enough time to order a white coat for everyone!
Men's Chest Measurement
XS = 32"
S = 34 or 36"
M = 38 or 40"
L = 42 or 44"
XL = 46 or 48"
2XL = 50 or 52"
This calendar refers to important dates that pertain only to incoming students in 2020-2021.
Launch, which includes orientation and curricular activities, (August 12-28) is a required event for all new students. Launch events will be a combination of in-person and virtual activities. Please plan on being engaged, either in-person or online, from 8 am – 5 pm on those weekdays. To comply with COVID-19 restrictions, students will often rotate in small group experiences, and to accommodate the schedule, there will also be some evening sessions that will require your participation. The Orientation/Launch period consists of a combination of activities to help familiarize you with the Health Center, meet your classmates, continue your “on-boarding” to the School of Medicine, and begin the foundational coursework that you will build upon in Block A courses. In other words, you will be attending classes during the Launch.
Preparatory materials for Orientation/Launch will be made available prior to August 12. Instructions on how to access these materials will be provided. You can expect that a significant amount of preparation will be required for a number of sessions during this period.
Urban Service Track/AHEC Scholars Program Application
Please review the information on the Urban Service Track/AHEC Scholars program, an opportunity to work with urban under-served patient populations. The information includes a link to an on-line application for those who would like to be considered for this enrichment opportunity. The on-line application is available now and will remain open until July 1, 2020.
UST Information Letter
Housing at UConn School of Medicine
Our current students developed this information to guide you in finding housing during your time at UConn School of Medicine. One great place to start is the UConn SoM 2024 Facebook group.
View Housing Document
Stage 1 students will be placed in one of three learning communities. Each learning community follows their own weekly schedule, consisting of 22 required contact hours per week. Classes will begin in August with a combination of in-person (small group) settings and virtual classes. As the situation with COVID-19 becomes clearer, we expect to transition from virtual to in-person classes, but the schedule and curriculum have the flexibility to respond to the environment as needed. Learning communities (and weekly schedules) will be announced during Orientation/Launch. Students can expect to spend 60 hours each week between the contact hours and preparation/study time for classes.
You used your NetID to make your enrollment deposit. You will need your NetID to access curricular information on HuskyCT (instructions on that later). If you have forgotten your NetID, or need to change the password, you can retrieve it or reset your password at https://netid.uconn.edu/. If you have questions, please contact UITS at 860-486-4357 or email@example.com.
New student network accounts have been created! Please use the UConn Health information in the attached list to log in to http://itowa.uchc.edu. You will be prompted to change your temporary password.
The initial password is set to First Initial First Name Uppercased + First Initial Last Name Lowercase + DOB (formatted YYYYMMDD). For example, John Doe with DOB 12/31/1999 would have an initial password of Jd19991231. You must enter leading zeros. For example, if John Doe were born on May 6, 1989 it would be: Jd19890506
After you change your temporary password you can access your UConn Health email by visiting http://itowa.uchc.edu with your new password. As a student, it is your responsibility to check this account on a daily basis.
You will also see your uconn.edu “Storrs” email account on the list. You will need this information during Launch for when you use Office 360. All email sent to your uconn.edu email will be automatically forwarded to your uchc.edu account.
Incoming students must have a physical exam with Student Health Services. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 860-679-2893. Do not make an appointment that conflicts with new student orientation and launch, as your attendance is mandatory. You will need to bring the completed Health Questionnaire for Incoming Students, the Respirator Medical Evaluation Questionnaire, any available immunization documentation, and the signed Immunization Documentation Form to your appointment.
Download Health Letter
Download Health Questionnaire
Download Respirator Questionnaire
Download Immunization Form
More information to come on…
New Student Orientation
Health History Forms
Student Health Insurance
White Coat Ordering