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Sonia ChimientiWelcome to the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and to the Office of Student Affairs!  We are delighted to share this incredible journey with you, providing you with a supportive learning environment and guiding you through your years of medical training. Our team works in partnership with your Learning Communities Mentors and the Office of Undergraduate Medical Education to ensure that you receive the academic and personal support that you need in order to meet your educational goals, and to holistically support your professional development as a physician.

Our office coordinates many events that will be memorable milestones in your career development, including the White Coat Ceremony, the Second Year Oath Ceremony, and of course, Match Day and Graduation! Along the way to each of these events, we are here to assist you with planning your pre-clinical electives, Core Clinical Experiences, Advanced Studies electives both at home and away, transitional experiences throughout your training, and individualized career pathways, including 5th Year Options, and if needed, leaves of absence.  Your well-being and career balance are of paramount importance to our team; as such, we are committed to working with you to support you throughout your training.

Once again, welcome to UMass!  Please do not hesitate to reach out to our team with any questions about student life at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Wishing you well,
Sonia Nagy Chimienti, MD, FIDSA
Associate Dean for Student Affairs
School of Medicine

Latest News

  • UMMS students bring COVID-19 vaccine to underserved downtown Worcester

    Category: Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences,Graduate School of Nursing,School of Medicine,Commonwealth Medicine,Student,Novel Coronavirus

    UMass Medical School students administered COVID-19 vaccinations to the community on Monday, April 19, at the YWCA Central Massachusetts in downtown Worcester.

  • FDA clears investigational new drug application for ALS gene therapy candidate

    Category: Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences,School of Medicine,Faculty,Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis,gene therapy,Rare Diseases,Neurology,Li Weibo Institute for Rare Diseases Research

    Apic Bio, a gene therapy company developing treatment options for patients with rare genetic diseases and co-founded by UMass Medical School’s Robert H. Brown Jr., DPhil, MD, announced that the FDA has cleared its investigational new drug application for APB-102, a gene therapy candidate designed to treat a common cause of familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

  • Robert Finberg: Perception doesn’t match reality of how vaccines work

    Category: School of Medicine,Medicine,Clinician,Faculty,Conversation,Robert W. Finberg,Novel Coronavirus

    Robert Finberg, MD, talks to The Conversation about the common misperception that side effects caused by the COVID-19 vaccine indicate a strong immune response in the recipient

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