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May 2017

OSA News
New OSA Staff Member
OSA has welcomed a new staff member, Reetta Gach, to the OSA team. She is in the front office and will be managing OSA events and communications! Be sure to come to the OSA main office and introduce yourself‌

Graduation Volunteers
Would you like to come to graduation and help out? Graduation will take place on May 18, 2017. We need volunteers between 8:45 am and 1:00 pm! You will receive FREE breakfast and lunch. Email the Office of Student Affairs if you would like to help!

OSA Insider
Please visit the OSA Insider website to hear our latest episode on burnout.

Navigating FDA Regulations Workshop
May 10, 2017
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Hosick Hall - Bressler Research Building
Entrepreneurship Innovation Network (EIN) is hosting a workshop on navigating the regulatory landscape of a therapeutic, device, diagnostic or product. This workshop will explore the pathways to a successful product or company launch. Speakers will include an expert in FDA regulatory affairs. The event is co-sponsored by USGA, BHI and EAGB. Food will be served.
For more information and to RSVP, please visit: EIN: Navigating FDA Regulations

School News & Events
For a listing of all news and events for the School of Medicine, please visit:

UMBrella Scholarship Opportunity For Students
The National Conference for College Women Student Leaders will host its annual leadership conference for female undergraduate and graduate students, to provide a robust experience for the next generation of women leaders. The conference will take place May 31 - June 3, 2017, at University of Maryland, College Park. To register for the event, please visit: UMB and UMBrella are sponsoring this year’s event, and as part of our sponsorship, UMBrella will offer two scholarships for current UMB students to attend the four-day conference. For more information about the scholarship, please visit:

MedChi is the only society representing all physicians in Maryland. Maryland’s medical association is comprised of health practitioners from more than 50 medical specialties and continues to grow with over 8,000 members including private practitioners, academic physicians, retired physicians, residents, and medical students. For information on membership, please visit:

MedChi's Medical Ethics and Judicial Affairs Committee Presents: Non-Compete Clauses
Special Guest Presenter: Kathleen Cahill, Esq.
May 17, 2017
Dinner at 6:30 pm, Program at 7:00 pm
1211 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
Free parking located at 1204 Maryland Avenue, first come, first served
For more information or to RSVP, please e-mail Erin Krell.

2017 Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program (BHWET)
The purpose of the BHWET Program is to develop and expand the behavioral health workforce serving populations across the lifespan, including in rural and medically underserved areas. The BHWET Program places special emphasis on establishing or expanding internships or field placement programs in behavioral health that include interdisciplinary training for: 1) students/interns, 2) faculty, and 3) field supervisors to provide quality behavioral health services to communities in need. For more information, please visit: 2017 Behavioral Health Workforce Education Training Program

2017 Technology Showcase – NCI & Frederick National Laboratory For Cancer Research
This inaugural event will showcase technologies being developed at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Bethesda and Frederick, and Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (FNLCR) to encourage startup formation, technology licensing, and collaborations. It will introduce the local scientific community to the regional technology development stakeholders and highlight available resources. For more information and to register, please visit:

National Medical Fellowship (NMF) Scholarship
NMF has eight scholarship programs accepting applications for minority medical and students. There are six scholarships open until June 23, 2017: Dr. David K. McDonogh Scholarship in Ophthalmology/ENT; Gerber Scholarship in Pediatrics Program; Hugh J. Andersen Memorial Scholarship Program; Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Scholarship; Mary Ball Carrera Scholarship; and the NMF National Alumni Council Scholarship Program. For more information, please visit:

Class of 2017

The graduation ceremony will take place between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 18, 2017, at the Hippodrome Baltimore located at 12 N. Eutaw St. Baltimore, MD 21201. Students should arrive in the M&T Pavilion (which is part of the Hippodrome) no later than 9:00 a.m. to line up with their class. Our procession will start promptly at 9:30 a.m., so it is important for you to be in line and in your appropriate order. There will be a light lunch following the ceremony.

Tickets: Graduation tickets are available for pick-up in the Office of Students Affairs. The maximum is 9 total tickets. (Don’t forget that one of the tickets is for you.) Please leave the tickets you will not be using for your classmates. Waitlist tickets will be released as they become available. Please remember that you MUST have a ticket for yourself.  

Wheelchairs: Please let the Office of Student Affairs know if you will need wheelchair seating for your guests. Wheelchair seating is limited and must be reserved.

Universitywide Commencement: UMB will hold its Universitywide Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 19, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at the Royal Farms Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. Join Dr. Perman for a Party in the Park before the ceremony from 11:30 am to around 1:00 pm The procession starts at 1:00 pm Look for the ‘MEDICINE’ banner. Please see the UMB Commencement website for more information.

Graduation Questionnaire: If your class has 80% completion of the graduation questionnaire, each of you will get a wonderful gift, which has been donated by the Medical Alumni Association. Look for the email message from to get started or email for the link!

Diploma: Students may pick up diplomas at the end of the campus Universitywide Commencement ceremony. Diplomas not claimed at the campus commencement ceremony may be claimed for a period of two weeks from the Office of the Registrar (2nd floor, HSL) with a valid photo ID during normal business hours. Beginning the week of June 5, they will mail any remaining diplomas to address provided on the diploma application

Other: If you will NOT be attending the University of Maryland School of Medicine graduation on Thursday, May 18, 2017, please let the Office of Student Affairs know.

Class of 2018

Residency Applications
There will be an Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) Tutorial that will take place on May 5, 2017, at 1:00 pm in the Taylor Lecture Hall. Please plan to attend to find out about the residency application service and the National Residency Matching Program. Please be sure to look over the Residency Application Manual. This website has a lot of tips and tricks that will help you during this process. As you have seen in a recent e-mail from ERAS, the season will open on June 6, 2017, at 9:00 am. 

CV and Unique Characteristics
Please send your CV to in PDF format in a file named ‘LastName, FirstName’ by May 15, 2017. A sample CV can be found in the Residency Application Manual. Please complete your unique characteristics bullet points by May 15, 2017. To access your unique characteristics, click on the ‘career’ tab on MedScope. A sample in the Residency Application Manual - Writing the MSPE. We suggest that you create your bullet points in word and copy and paste into MedScope. Only ‘‚óŹ’ or numbers can be used. No other special characters can be used.

4th Year Photos
To get your complimentary VSAS/ERAS photo taken, you should report to the Photo and Graphics Group.

Photo and Graphics Group
Bressler Research Building
1st floor, Room 1-009
(Beyond Hosick Lecture Hall)
Phone x6-7808 (410-706-7808)
9:30 am – 3:00 pm 
Monday – Friday (Closed between12:00 pm and 1:00 pm)

Call the day you plan to have your shoot to confirm the photographers are available.
Remember to dress professionally. Wear what you would wear to a residency interview.

Your potential, future program directors will be viewing these photos. The background is usually white.

Guys: Please arrive at the photo shoot prepared. Wear your jacket and tie. Shave/get haircuts etc. before the photo shoot.

Ladies: Please dress appropriately for the photo shoot. Most students wear shirts (not low-cut) and jackets. The photographers can’t completely re-touch your hairstyle, so come with your hair looking very nice.
Everyone: Scrubs are not appropriate.

Also, the photographers are very busy…No re-shoots!

Don’t wait until the last minute!

Mask Fit Testing
If an away rotation requires a mask fit test, please contact Regina Hogan at Employee Health. The number is 410-328-1788.

Reminders and Events

May 5, 2017
Class of 2018
ERAS Tutorial
1:00 pm
Taylor Lecture Hall

May 10, 2017
Navigating FDA Regulations Workshop
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Hosick Hall - Bressler Research Building

May 15, 2017
Class of 2018
CV and Unique Characteristics Deadline

May 17, 2017
MedChi's Medical Ethics and Judicial Affairs Committee Presents: Non-Compete Clauses
Dinner at 6:30 pm, Program at 7:00 pm
1211 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

May 18, 2017
Class of 2017 Graduation
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hippodrome Theatre
12 N. Eutaw Street
Baltimore, MD 21201