101 Ways Campaign

It’s Spring and a great time to celebrate all the positive aspects of our academic medical center!  The Committee on Equal Opportunity and Diversity (CEOD) solicited 101 Ways that we celebrate UMMS. The campaign serves as an effort to recognize some of the many ways we are able to attract, inspire and cultivate the best talent in science, medicine and health care.  Look for the bright yellow posters and banners around the various campuses!    

  1. The UMMS-led Academic Consortium Combating Ebola in Liberia (ACCEL) continues to play a profound role in Ebola relief and prevention efforts in Liberia.
  2. The Worcester Pipeline Collaborative is celebrating 20 years of expanding career opportunities for underrepresented students.
  3. UMMS has a Committee for Equal Opportunity and Diversity that engages employees in positive change.
  4. At UMMS, people actually smile and even open doors for you when they see your hands are full.
  5. World-changing research takes a creative approach to understanding diseases and conditions such as Down syndrome.
  6. Faculty and students alike praise the friendly, collaborative and nurturing environment that thrives at UMMS.
  7. UMMS has for more than 30 years operated summer enrichment programs that give students a chance to experience a dynamic research environment.
  8. Dr. Mattie Castiel and the Latin American Health Alliance opened Café Reyes to provide employment training for Latino men in recovery.
  9. The School of Medicine receives the highest student satisfaction scores among all U.S. medical schools.
  10. Commonwealth Medicine, the health care consulting division of UMMS, was ranked number two on the list of top women-led businesses in Massachusetts.
  11. UMMS is the most affordable medical school in the Northeast region, demonstrating an institutional commitment to accessibility.
  12. It is a privilege to work with dedicated and mission-driven employees striving to make a difference in the lives of the people of the Commonwealth.
  13. The Advancement Office plays a critical role in increasing the number of student scholarships and endowed chairs for outstanding faculty.
  14. There are students, faculty and staff from 90 countries at UMMS.
  15. Everyone at UMMS is willing to share information and help when they can.
  16. UMMS is represented on the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare Board of Directors.
  17. UMMS leaders share the story of their career paths and insights to motivate and inspire colleagues.
  18. UMMS uses best practices and tools to enhance the recruitment of veterans, those in active duty and their families.
  19. Commonwealth Medicine encourages staff and faculty to collaborate on program innovations in health and human services.
  20. The Campus Read initiative provides campus-wide enrichment through reading a book relevant to health care and health sciences education.
  21. Medical students in the Gold Humanism Honor Society improve patient care by participating in national solidarity day efforts.
  22. Medical students piloted a new class, the Healer’s Art, for exploration of the time-honored values of service, reverence for life and compassionate care.
  23. The Power of Presence, a health education program in youth correctional facilities, has student teachers from all three schools reaching hundreds of incarcerated youth.
  24. Professor of Molecular Medicine Victor Ambros was awarded the 2015 Breakthrough Prize for the co-discovery of microRNAs.
  25. The International Festival engages more than a thousand faculty, staff, students and community members in celebrating cultural diversity.
  26. The UMMS culture embraces and promotes collaboration across all disciplines.
  27. LGBTQ educational programs, including the LGBTQ Luncheon during Convocation Week, help build an inclusive culture.
  28. UMMS medical student Waldo Zamor becomes the first student ever to present Medicine Grand Rounds at St. Vincent Hospital.
  29. Lauren Powell, a PhD student in clinical and population health, served as a visiting fellow in the Office of Health Disparities Research at the Mayo Clinic.
  30. Faculty and staff are always willing to share knowledge and expertise with others.
  31. UMMS is opening its first regional campus in Springfield, and the UMMS-Baystate campus will have a unique educational track focused on urban, rural and population health.
  32. UMMS provides many avenues for employees to engage and collaborate with community-based organizations.
  33. There is a willingness to openly discuss issues that help increase the diversity of the institution.
  34. It is an inspiration to work in such a collegial, considerate and collaborative environment.
  35. Colleagues are respected as professionals and cared for as people. That is the UMMS difference!
  36. UMMS educates the future health care and research workforce in Massachusetts. More than 60% of graduates establish their careers in-state.
  37.  UMMS and Worcester’s Department of Public Health leverage the expertise of faculty and staff for the benefit of a healthier region.
  38. Five distinguished faculty are members of the National Academies: Craig C. Mello, PhD, Victor Ambros, PhD, Michael Green, MD, PhD, Robert H. Brown Jr., DPhil, MD, and John Ware, PhD.
  39. Commonwealth Medicine’s Cultural Diversity Committee brings employees together to discuss diversity.
  40. Chancellor’s Awards for diversity, civility, mission and mentoring celebrate individual and group achievements.
  41. Professional development is encouraged at UMMS.
  42. Commonwealth Medicine and MassBiologics are unique divisions that extend the institution’s reach.
  43.  UMMS is one of the most entrepreneurial medical schools in the nation.
  44. Environmental Building Services employees understand the importance of being helpful, collegial, attentive and reliable. 
  45. The five newly established Chancellor’s Scholarships in the School of Medicine will help expand diversity within the medical school student body.
  46. Leadership takes diversity seriously, offering programs for faculty, staff and students.
  47. UMMS’s nurturing and supportive environment allows health equity research to flourish.
  48. The Committee on Equal Opportunity and Diversity is a "force for good" with its diversity education and inclusion programs.
  49. The Diversity and Inclusion Office supports those who make it their mission to stand for diversity and equality.
  50. I have been at UMMS for many years and have formed many lasting friendships.
  51. I love that there is a credit union on site and there are options for dining.
  52. UMMS is recognized with the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification—the first medical school in the nation to be so recognized.
  53. UMMS cancer biologist Lucio Castilla, PhD is supported by the Hyundai Motors America “Hope on Wheels” campaign for research into pediatric blood cancers.
  54. Students continue Dr. King’s legacy of service with MLK Semester of Service awards.
  55. UMMS is improving health services for area veterans by partnering with the VA of Central and Western Massachusetts.
  56. UMMS is creating a correctional health practice collaborative focused on substance use disorders and hepatitis C in state prison systems.
  57. MassBiologics modernized its vaccine manufacturing operations and expanded its production in Mattapan and Fall River.
  58. The New England AIDS Education and Training Center at UMMS is creating specialized training programs that improve HIV/AIDS care.
  59. Joyce A. Murphy, MPA, executive vice chancellor of Commonwealth Medicine, was honored as one of six Outstanding Women in Business.
  60. The UMMS Health and Criminal Justice Program was recognized for its efforts in improving the health outcomes of the incarcerated by the AAMC.
  61. A new survey developed by researchers at UMMS and the AAMC measures an institution’s capacity and capability to include diverse groups as fully engaged members.
  62. The innovative and far-reaching public sector work UMMS undertakes on behalf of the Commonwealth is a source of great pride.
  63. A new vibration-based prevention technology developed at UMMS helps prematurely born infants breathe.
  64. A federally funded project to improve Vermont’s health care system is succeeding with support from Commonwealth Medicine.
  65. UMMS co-created one of 39 collaborative networks in the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative.
  66. Researchers at UMMS have discovered a pathway that triggers regeneration of beta cells, which may aid in the development of diabetes treatments.
  67. Medical students in the Gold Humanism Honor Society host a memorial service for students and staff to honor patients who have passed away.
  68. Paul L. Jeffrey of Commonwealth Medicine serves on the Massachusetts Opioid Drug Formulary Commission.
  69. UMMS’s Work Without Limits program educates employers about hiring people with disabilities.
  70. “Bullying: Beyond Finger-Pointing to a Culture of Respect,” has engaged the entire academic medical center in creating a culture of respect.
  71. UMMS-Baystate will focus on improving access to clinical trials and health care delivery for the people of western Massachusetts.
  72. Melody Rush, a lab technician in the UMMS New England Newborn Screening Program, was honored as an Unsung Heroine for helping save a newborn's life.
  73. UMMS students are conducting health disparities research in Gujarat, India, to improve health care in the region.
  74. UMMS and MassHealth are helping new mothers improve their postpartum care through text messages.
  75. John Rochford, an IT expert at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, is improving web access for people with cognitive disabilities around the world.
  76. Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center projects are training dentists to care for individuals with developmental disabilities.
  77. The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences received a five-year grant to bolster the success of underrepresented students in science.
  78. The American Society for Cell Biology honored Deborah Harmon Hines, PhD, with the 2015 Bruce Alberts Award for Excellence in Science Education.
  79. A smartphone application to help people with diabetes manage their disease is entering a pilot clinical phase at UMMS.
  80. Scientists at MassBiologics are developing a pre-exposure prophylaxis that prevents tick-transmitted infection of Lyme disease.
  81. UMMS is by far the largest contributor to COMECC among all state agencies.
  82. Abraham L. Brass, MD, PhD, identified a new life cycle stage in HIV infection, thanks to a novel technique developed in his lab.
  83. Dr. Deborah Plummer was recognized by Becker Hospital Review as one of 15 “chief diversity officers to know” at hospitals and health systems in the U.S.
  84. Nobel Laureate Craig C. Mello, PhD presented serious science with a side of laughter as a guest on WBUR’s ‘You're the Expert.’
  85. Neuroscientists at UMMS discovered a molecular braking mechanism for dopamine, a discovery that may lead to treatments for mental health disorders.
  86. UMMS scientists are researching new strategies to predict drug resistance and susceptibility in the flu.
  87. The School of Medicine and the Graduate School of Nursing have incorporated specific training for the prevention and management of prescription drug misuse into the curriculum.
  88. David McManus, MD, and colleagues are working on ways to remotely and non-invasively monitor patients with serious cardiac disease.
  89. Dean Terence R. Flotte was appointed editor-in-chief of the scientific journal Human Gene Therapy.
  90. Department of Psychiatry faculty received a grant to help teens with psychiatric disabilities become successful adults.
  91. More than $420,000 was raised for the UMass Cancer Center to support research and patient care at the 2015 Cancer Walk/Run.
  92. UMMS is building a culture of health through mindfulness practice and learning
  93. Inspired by the late Governor Cellucci's struggle with ALS, a grateful alumna and her husband have pledged $1M to the UMMS ALS fund.
  94. MassBiologics created an intern program that encourages those in the local community to join the MassBiologics team.
  95. The School of Medicine is perennially ranked in the top ten percent of medical schools for primary care education.
  96. The Baccalaureate MD Pathway Program identifies qualified undergraduates at UMass campuses who aspire to careers in the health sciences.
  97. UMMS faculty and staff volunteer in hundreds of community organizations across the state and around the world.
  98. School of Medicine student Christopher Libby was elected to the governing council of the AMA Student Section, one of the highest leadership positions in the AMA.
  99. The Graduate School of Nursing is creating a community of health, discovery and human dignity under its new dean, Joan Vitello-Cicciu, PhD.
  100. More than 30 medical and nursing students work collaboratively with the Worcester Department of Public Health on the Community Health Improvement Plan.
  101. UMMS is reaching new audiences interested in research and clinical trials through its Community Engagement initiatives.