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We'd like to officially welcome you to UMass Medical School. This blog is a great place to connect with other new employees and learn more about our culture and community. We will schedule some meetups and lunches during your first few months so you can connect with one another. We invite you to post questions and comments. You are encouraged to help answer questions for others as well. The transition into your new role should be as smooth as possible and we want to set you up for success.

Click here to visit our Onboard at UMMS website that offers a wealth of information during your first few months to help you get acclimated.

For instructions on how to post blog comments, click here.

Pie Day 2017

Posted On: 12/06/17 Posted By: Jennifer Shimer Tags: blog, new employee
Pie
This is the season to give thanks and what better way to give thanks
than by having pie! We invite the UMMS and UMMHC community to gather
as a “thank you” celebration in appreciation for all your hard work
and dedicated effort put forth this past year. We look forward to
seeing you at one of the locations!

To learn more about the upcoming dates, click here to view the calendar
on the Intranet Home Page.
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New Springfield Campus for UMass Medical School

Posted On: 11/29/17 Posted By: Jennifer Shimer Tags: blog, new employee

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UMass Medical School and Baystate Health officials celebrated the opening of the new medical school campus in Springfield on Nov. 20, welcoming the first class of medical students in the Population-based Urban and Rural Community Health track. To read more, click here. For the latest UMass Medical School news, click here.

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UMass Medical School Recognized

Posted On: 11/21/17 Posted By: Jennifer Shimer Tags: blog, new employee

WorcesterThe Worcester District Medical Society has honored two UMass Medical School faculty members. Julia Johnson, MD, received the President’s Award and Giles Whalen, MD, accepted the Career Achievement Award.

To read more, click here.

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Flu Shot Schedule

Posted On: 11/15/17 Posted By: Jennifer Shimer Tags: blog

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Flu Shot Clinics have been scheduled for all campuses. To learn more, click here.

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Beating the Odds

Posted On: 11/08/17 Posted By: Jennifer Shimer Tags: blog, new employee

bookThe history of UMass Medical School has been published in an expanded hardcover edition. Beating the Odds: The University of Massachusetts Medical School, A History 1962-2012 is now available from the publisher and at Amazon.com.

Author Ellen More, PhD, professor emeritus of psychiatry, is a medical historian specializing in the history of the American medical profession, women physicians and medical education. Dr. More is also the founder of the Office of Medical History and Archives at the Lamar Soutter Library, which in 2014 created an illustrated historical timeline of the medical school.

To learn more, click here.

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UMMS Expands

Posted On: 11/02/17 Posted By: Jennifer Shimer Tags: blog, new employee

rare disease

A new institute for rare diseases research at UMass Medical School will build on the school’s already substantial accomplishments in the fields of gene therapy, RNA biology and RNAi technology to accelerate the development of novel therapeutics for a host of disorders, according to an announcement from Chancellor Michael F. Collins.

The Li Weibo (李伟波) Institute for Rare Diseases Research, supported by a $10 million endowment gift from the Li Weibo Charitable Foundation in China, will be home to existing faculty whose expertise has led to profound discoveries related to diseases like ALS, cystic fibrosis, Canavan disease, Rett syndrome, Huntington’s disease, fragile X syndrome, CDKL5 disorder and others.

To read more, click here.

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COMECC Campaign

Posted On: 10/27/17 Posted By: Jennifer Shimer Tags: blog, new employee

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Charitable Campaign begins Nov. 6

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The 2017 Commonwealth of Massachusetts Employees Charitable Campaign (COMECC) will run from Nov. 6 through Nov. 22, Chancellor Michael F. Collins has announced.

“I am asking all faculty, staff and students to once again support the UMass Medical School annual charitable campaign, COMECC,” Chancellor Collins said. Through COMECC, employees of UMMS and other state institutions have the opportunity to choose from 1,000 prescreened charities to which they may direct individual charitable donations. 

“I am proud and humbled each year by the incredible generosity of UMMS employees,” Collins said. “Collectively, you are the single most generous group of employees in the statewide campaign and account for nearly 40 percent of the total funds raised.”This year, UMMS launched a new initiative, called the North Quadrant Support Services, which builds on the highly successful 21-year academic partnership between the medical school and the North Quadrant of the Worcester Public Schools. This initiative aims to address some of the socioeconomic barriers to academic success faced by some students in the North Quadrant of the Worcester Public Schools. The North Quadrant includes some of the most economically challenged neighborhoods in Worcester; students face issues ranging from food insecurity to homelessness.

With the support of the Remillard Family Community Service Fund, UMMS has started to help address some of these needs, building and stocking a food pantry at North High School to supply nutritiously balanced food to families identified by the school as being unable to afford it; supplying washers and dryers to four schools in the quadrant identified by the Worcester Public Schools superintendent as having populations of children whose families are unable to afford laundry services; and distributing nearly 700 backpacks filled with school supplies to elementary school kids, ensuring they were able to start off the school year with the tools needed to succeed.

“To sustain these efforts and address other unmet needs, we are providing an option through COMECC for employees to donate to an internal UMMS fund that will directly support the North Quadrant Support Services initiative,” said Collins. “You can be assured that 100 percent of your donations to this fund will go directly to services that benefit students and families of the North Quadrant.”

Collins also announced that two UMMS leaders will serve as honorary co-chairs of the annual COMECC campaign: Deborah L. Harnois, MS, MBA, JD, associate vice chancellor and chief human resources officer; and Robert Layne, MEd, assistant dean of outreach programs.

“Deborah has been exceptionally devoted to supporting her local community. In addition to the lasting positive impact she has had through her professional work, she has dedicated enormous time and energy to volunteering at a local level,” said Collins.

“And for more than 20 years, Robert has educated, mentored and trained students in the North Quadrant of the Worcester Public Schools for careers in biotechnology, life sciences and health care. As we launch the new fund this COMECC season to support the North Quadrant Support Services, it’s fitting that Robert will help lead this year’s campaign.”

The 2017 campaign officially opens on Nov. 6. Additional updates, including a link to donate online, will be provided. 

To learn more, click here.

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UMass Run 4 Vets - Nov. 4

Posted On: 10/20/17 Posted By: Jennifer Shimer Tags: blog, new employee

Support our Veterans; Sign Up for the Run4Veterans 5K Road Race/Walk

Show your support for our UMass Memorial Health Care  veterans and raise awareness for Veterans Day by joining the Veterans Employee Resource Group team in signing up for the Run4Veterans 5K Road Race/Walk on Saturday, November 4, 9 am at Veterans Inc., 69 Grove Street, Worcester. Visit the website to register and select UMass Runs 4 Vets from the dropdown menu to join the UMass Memorial team. Cost of registration is $32 and includes a T-shirt. All proceeds support Veterans Inc. and benefit veterans and their families in need. Join us on November 4 to show your support for our veterans!

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New Course Offerings for Employees

Posted On: 10/03/17 Posted By: Jennifer Shimer Tags: blog, new employee

photoNew employee training courses are being offered throughout the rest of the year.

The next training is called "Conflict in the Workplace: Transforming Conflict into Collaboration." The training is open to all employees and is scheduled at all campuses. To learn more, click here.

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Campus Read 2017

Posted On: 09/28/17 Posted By: Jennifer Shimer Tags: blog, new employee

BookOur annual Campus Read Program promotes academic discourse and critical thinking on a topic that is both timely and important for our campus community and our mission areas. The book discussion promotes academic discourse and critical thinking on a topic that is both timely and important for our campus community and our mission areas.

One doctor's passionate and profound memoir of his experience grappling with race, bias, and the unique health problems of black Americans. Black Man in a White Coat examines the complex ways in which both black doctors and patients must navigate the difficult and often contradictory terrain of race and medicine.

 


 

 

Campus Read Event: A Conversation With Damon Tweedy, MD

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
12:00 Noon
Faculty Conference Room
(Lunch Provided @ 11:30 AM)
University Campus

RSVP TODAY

 

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