The 125 medical students in the class of 2015 that arrived on campus this week spent a lot of time learning their way around campus, preparing for the transition to medical school and getting to know one another. They come from undergraduate institutions as far away as North Carolina and as near as Worcester, Fitchburg and Gardner. As always, the best institutions in Massachusetts are represented, including the UMass system, which is the alma mater of 20 percent of the class. Under a tent on the quad on a perfect summer evening, the week was capped by a picnic on Thursday for the class of 2015, their ‘buddies’ from the class of 2014, faculty and campus leadership. In the video below left, a few students talk about why they chose UMass Medical School.
Orientation took place on Wednesday and students were welcomed by a roster of senior leaders. In addition to an overview of what to expect in their first years, students received words of encouragement from the physicians, teachers and administrators that they will come to know over the four years of medical school—eight or nine years for the 10 MD/PhD students.
In the video below right, Chancellor Michael F. Collins opens the orientation session with some reflections on the privilege of becoming a doctor.