Today is Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018

Medical Student Admissions

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Congratulations and welcome to Cincinnati Medicine’s Class of 2022!  You are embarking on one of the most exciting and demanding times of your educational career, and we want you to have a seamless transition. So, without further delay, please read-on to learn more about what you can expect as part of the #MedCat2022 Orientation!

Before August Arrives:

  • If you’re interested in connecting with your future classmates between now and the beginning of classes, check-out the UCCOM Class of 2022 Facebook page that has been created for incoming and current MedCats only.
  • Mandatory Orientation Week is Monday, August 6th- Friday, August 10th 2018.
    • During this entire week, you should plan to be on-site every day from 8AM through 5PM.
    • All activities are required unless denoted otherwise in the following table.





Parking Information:

To purchase an on-campus parking pass to use during the school year, please follow the steps below.  Fall passes may be purchased at any time and will be active beginning Sunday, August 5th.  In addition, parking services will make a special visit to the College of Medicine on your first day of Orientation (Monday, August 6th!) to sell on-campus parking passes for the year. 

Please DO NOT visit the parking office on the morning of Orientation.  It is imperative that you come directly to the College of Medicine at 8AM on Monday, August 6th to formally check-in.  Otherwise, you will be in danger of forfeiting your seat in the incoming class.  You will have the opportunity to purchase your pass during the Orientation program later in the day when the parking office joins us for their special visit to the College of Medicine. 

The closest parking structure to the College of Medicine is the Eden Avenue garage.  There are two permit options that you may choose from that pertain to this garage.  The two options are listed below.  For a full list of parking rates please visit

  • Eden Top: $258 for Fall Semester. *Note: this option will likely sell out prior to the start of class.  If you plan to park on-campus, it would be wise to secure this pass as soon as possible anytime after July 2nd.
  • Eden Ave. Garage (Levels 1-7): $378 for Fall Semester.

To purchase your pass:

  1. Visit
  2. Click on “Purchase a Permit” located on the left side of the screen in the big, red box.
  3. Enter the username and password that you use to enter into MedOneStop (the portal that you used to check your application status).
  4. Select the pass that you wish to choose.
  5. There will be a notification that states “parking access will be assigned to your Bearcat Card within 2 hours of purchase.”  The Bearcat Card is your student ID that you will obtain at the College of Medicine on the first day at Orientation.  Therefore, you will be able to use this validated parking pass to exit the garage at the end of the day on day one.
  6. There is an additional note that states “Students parking in Eden Garage 1-6 must pick up a hangtag in the parking office.”  Since the parking office is coming to the COM Orientation program, they will have the hangtags available for pick-up at the COM in the afternoon.  So again, there is no need to visit the parking office in person.

Parking Services will also have the Fast Pass available for you to purchase at Orientation. The Fast Pass gives you hands-free access to your facility. For more information, see the Parking Services website at Parking Services will offer the Fast Pass at a special one-time rate of $15 (50% off the normal cost!) while they visit us on Orientation Day. Cash, check and credit card are all acceptable forms of payment for the Fast Pass and the parking permit.


Over 60 active student organizations are eager to talk with you during Orientation week!  Be sure to check out the annual student organization fair to be held on Thursday, August 9th.  The fair is sponsored by your Medical Student Association (MSA), the governing body of UCCOM's student organizations.  Below is a list of the organizations that will be in attendance.



Individual specialty interest groups expose students to the specialty or area of interest through shadowing, mentoring, community service opportunities, research options, lunch talks, skills workshops, and more!

  • American Geriatrics Society (AGS)
  • Anesthesia Student Interest Group (ASIG)
  • Cardiology & Cardiothoracic Surgery Interest Group (CCTSIG)
  • Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG)
  • ENT Interest Group (ENTIG)
  • Genetics in Medicine (GIM)
  • Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG)
  • Med-Peds Interest Group (MPIG)
  • Neurosurgery Interest Group (NSIG)
  • OBGYN Interest Group (OGIG)
  • Oncology Interest Group (OIG)
  • Ophthalmology Interest Group (OPIG)
  • Orthopedic Surgery Interest Group (OSIG)
  • Peds Club
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Interest Group (PMRIG)
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Interest Group (PRSIG)
  • Psychiatry Student Interest Group (PSIG)
  • Radiology Interest Group (RIG)
  • Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN)
  • Surgery Interest Group (SIG)
  • Urology Student Interest Group (USIG)
  • Vascular Surgery Interest Group (VSIG)
  • Wilderness Medicine Interest Group (WMIG)


  • Academic Medicine Interest Group (AMIG) exposes students to the triad of research, writing, and clinical practice and promotes proper patient care while developing the next generation of physician-scientists.
  • Global Health Interest Group (GHIG) cultivates interest in global health, informs students of global health opportunities, and aids in preparing those students for experiences abroad.
  • Integrative Medicine Student Interest Group (IMSIG) inspires students to use all available scientifically-proven methods, empowering patients and physicians and transforming the way medicine is practiced and health is promoted.
  • MedTechi provides students with opportunities to hone their skills in scientific discourse, self-guided learning, and seminar speaking in the topic of medical technology and innovations.
  • Rural Health Interest Group (RHIG) exposes students to medical and educational experiences specific to rural healthcare.


Our interdisciplinary, student-run clinics provide free, dignifying, and empowering primary care and health education services to underserved and minority populations in the Greater Cincinnati area.

  • MedVoUC – Esther Marie Hatton Center for Women and David and Rebecca Barron Center for Men
  • Student-Run Free Clinic (SRFC) – The Healing Center
  • UC Open School (UCOS) – St. Vincent de Paul


  • American Medical Association (AMA) is the leading policy body that advocates for bettering the health care system and helps students to author healthcare policy and network with other legislators (in addition to hosting Casino Night and offering study material discounts!).
  • American Medical Student Association (AMSA) works to improve health care and health care delivery to all people, promote active improvement in medical education, contribute to the welfare of medical students, premedical students, interns, residents and post-MD/DO trainees, and advance the profession.
  • American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) is a national organization of doctors, residents, and medical students focused on empowering women in medicine and learning about women's health.
  • Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA) addresses the unique health challenges of Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) communities.
  • Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) is dedicated to empowering female students and surgeons throughout their career with professional development and mentorship.
  • Catholic Medical Association (CMA) links faith and medicine by building community among Catholic students at UCCOM and fostering mentoring relationships with physicians.
  • Christian Medical Association (CMA) explores questions about God and the integration of faith and medicine in the context of a supportive and welcoming community (including weekly Bible studies, dinners with doctors, lunch talks, on-campus prayer gatherings, and service opportunities).
  • Jewish Medical Student Association (JMSA) brings together the Jewish student community at UCCOM and provides them and others with opportunities to practice and be involved with the larger Cincinnati Jewish community.
  • Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) focuses on furthering representation and involvement in the Hispanic/Latino community in healthcare.
  • LGBTQA+ Advocacy Group educates students on LGBTQA health, equips students with skills to best serve the LGBTQA population, and encourages alliance between patients and healthcare providers alike.
  • Medical Students for Choice (MSFC) promotes reproductive healthcare justice through legislative and curriculum advocacy, hands-on skill workshops, and community partnerships.
  • Men's Health Club raises money and awareness for issues relating to men’s health, including prostate and testicular cancer.
  • Student National Medical Association (SNMA) supports current/future underrepresented minority medical students, addresses the needs of underserved communities, and works to create culturally competent and socially conscious physicians.
  • Students for a National Health Program (SNAP) works within a national network of organizations to promote understanding and support of various measures to increase access and affordability of healthcare in the United States.



These programs allow students to engage in preceptor-supervised educational experiences within a circumscribed area of interest, participating in clinical and didactic activities that go above and beyond the typical medical school curriculum.

  • Child and Adolescent Health
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Geriatric Health
  • Neuroscience
  • Women’s Health


  • Bearcat Mentors pairs medical students with 2-3 Medical Sciences undergraduate students to share their experiences and advice and guide them on their pre-medical journey.
  • Initiative on Poverty, Justice, and Health (IPJH) is a broad-reaching group dedicated to community service across multiple domains that focuses on the intersection of poverty, justice, and health.
  • Med Mentors delivers high-quality mentorship to the youth of Cincinnati by creating friendships through fun activities, educational experiences, and social gatherings.
  • Urban Health Project (UHP) is an 8-week paid summer internship for rising M2s at local community non-profits.
  • Women Leading Healthy Change (WLHC) creates partnership between female medical students and women healing from lives of prostitution, addiction, and mental illness by leading classes at First Step Home and Off the Streets, two shelters that provide support to women in recovery.



  • Bearcat Barbell runs the R&R weight room and offers opportunities for UCCOM to learn and practice new and exciting workout techniques.
  • Culinary Club encourages creating delicious meals in an open setting with “Cooking with Dr. Giffin” sessions and a teaching kitchen/cooking classes for students and the community.
  • Groovernaculum is UCCOM’s one and only dance team with weekly classes taught by fellow UCCOM students that are friendly to all levels and vary in style. Their talents are showcased in the annual IvaDean Benefit Concert and Talent Show.
  • Medical School Chorus gets together once a week for low-stress singing to get their minds off studying. No auditions, and a couple times a year they perform for UCCOM!
  • Mentis is a unique forum for professional health students to share ideas, experiences, and opinions using the creative arts.
  • Student Wellness Committee (SWC) offers a system of academic, social, emotional and psychological support to the students of UCCOM through exam stress relief, informal social hours, and more.
  • UCCOM Golfers Association brings together golfers of all skill levels to have fun and organizes events to raise money for a good cause.


In addition, please remember that Orientation Week concludes with the White Coat Ceremony on Friday, 8/10/18. For more information on the White Coat Ceremony please click here.

Graduation Ceremony