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  • MATCH DAY 1

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Students Embracing Mindfulness

On August 28, a group of 25 medical students visited the Center for Mindfulness (CFM) to participate in the CFM's weekly meditation class. This weekly course draws on the principles of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) to help participants reduce the stress of their daily lives.  The session was comprised of 30 minutes of silent meditation, followed by an open discussion facilitated by the center’s Director of Research, Judson Brewer, MD, PhD.
 
This group of first and second year medical students represented all six Learning Community Houses and a wide range of experiences with Mindfulness. The group contained both seasoned practitioners of meditation and newcomers to the concept of "Mindful." A handful of students had intensive experiences in this field, such as traveling to Myanmar for meditation retreats or working in a neuroscience lab studying the cognitive and physical benefits of Mindfulness.
 
The event coincided with an increased interest in the student body to pursue Mindfulness personally and professionally, as well as a desire to build stronger connects with the Center for Mindfulness. Currently, members of the first year class are hosting weekly guided meditation sessions on campus and hope to return to the Center for Mindfulness soon.

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Chimienti imageWelcome 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
Associate Dean for Student Affairs
School of Medicine

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