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Medical Student Admissions

Class of 2021 Orientation Information

Congratulations and welcome to Cincinnati Medicine’s Class of 2021! 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 detailed information will be posted here as the schedule is finalized. Until then, here is some general information:

  • Before classes start, you’re expected to complete many pre-enrollment requirements (ex: immunizations, online modules, pre-orientation assignments). An email containing these requirements will arrive sometime in late April. These requirements will have deadlines ranging from May 1st through July 30th.
  • If you’re interested in connecting with your future classmates between now and the beginning of classes, check-out the UCCOM Class of 2021 Facebook page.
  • Mandatory Orientation is held from Monday, August 7th through Friday, August 11th 2017.
    • During this entire week, you should plan to be on-site every day from 8 AM through 5 PM.
    • All activities are required unless denoted otherwise in the table below.
    Monday August 7th
    8:00-8:15 Check-in
    8:15-9:00 Dean's welcome
    9:00-10:00 Opening Plenary
    10:00-11:30 Class Oath
    11:30-12:30 Lunch (Sponsored by your MSA)
    12:30-1:00 Dress Code Fashion Show
    1:00-3:00 Parking/ ID Badges
    3:00-4:00 Your UCCOM Curriculum
    4:00-4:30 Flex Sessions
    4:30-5:00 Wrap up with your Student Orientation Leader
    5:00-5:30 UCIT/ Wireless Internet (Optional)
    6:00-8:00 Opening Barbecue (Optional)
    Tuesday, August 8th
    8:15-8:30 Classmate Mixer
    8:30-8:45 Who is in the Class of 2021?
    8:45-9:15 Student Affairs and Diversity Services
    9:15-10:25 Overview of Student Financial Aid
    10:25-11:30 Developing Your Physician Identity
    11:30-12:00 Flex Sessions
    12:00-1:00 Lunch (Sponsored by the Office of Medical Education)
    1:00-2:00 Tours / Learning Community Orientation
    2:00-2:45 University Health Services
    2:45-3:15 Flex Sessions
    3:15-3:45 Wrap-Up with your Student Orientation Leader
    4:00-4:30 Residency Reclassification (non-Ohio residents only)
    4:00-5:30 Oath Committee (Committee members only)
    6:30-8:30 Dinner with Faculty/Alumni*
    Wednesday, August 9th
    8:00-8:30 Student Health Insurance (optional)
    8:30-10:00 Introduction to UCCOM Student Online Systems
    10:00-10:30 Flex Sessions
    10:30-11:00 Medical School Professionalism
    11:00-11:30 UCCOM Student Handbook
    11:30-1:00 Food Truck Lunch
    1:00-3:45 University of Cincinnati Campus Safety
    1:30-3:45 Meet your First Patient
    3:45-4:00 Wrap up with your Student Orientation Leader
    4:00-5:45 Oath Committee (Student Delegates only)
    6:30-8:30 Dinner with Alumni* OR Spouse/Partner Mixer
    Thursday, August 10th
    8:30-8:45 Learning Inventory
    8:45-9:30 Closing Plenary
    9:30-10:30 Student Panel on Success Strategies
    10:30-11:15 Taking Care of yourself as a Medical Student
    11:15-12:15 Student Organization Fair
    12:15-1:15 Closing Cookout (Sponsored by Student Affairs)
    1:15-3:30 Scavenger Hunt (Optional)
    Friday, August 11th
    9:00-12:00 White Coat Ceremony @the Aronoff Center
    *assignment will be communicated to you via email prior to Orientation

    Notes about PARKING and Orientation

    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 7th 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.

    You may choose to use the online system to purchase an on-campus parking pass. To do so, follow the steps below. Fall passes may be purchased now through August and will become active beginning Sunday, August 6th. Please be aware that UC Parking Services will be a part of your Orientation day (Monday, August 7th!) to sell on-campus parking passes for the year.

    If you choose to purchase a pass in advance (you will pick-up during [NOT before] Orientation, you will follow these steps:

    • 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: $252 for Fall Semester. The Eden Top permit requires you to park on the top level of the parking garage.

      *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.

    • Eden Ave. Garage (Levels 1-7): $369 for Fall Semester. This permit gives you full access to all levels of the garage.

    To use the online system to purchase your pass (and receive it during Orientation):

    1. Gather your vehicle information (make, model and license plate number).
    2. Visit
    3. Click on “Purchase a Permit” located on the left side of the screen in the big, red box.
    4. Enter the username and password that you use to enter into MedOneStop (the portal that you used to check your application status).
    5. Select the pass that you wish to purchase.
    6. 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.
    7. There is an additional note that states “Students parking in Eden Garage 1-7 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 $25 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 50 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 10th.  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.

Academic Medicine Interest Group: AMIG exposes students to the triad of research, writing, and clinical practice. This is important in medicine, allowing us to provide the best patient care while developing the next generation of physician-scientists.

American Medical Association: AMA/OSMA is the leading policy body that advocates for bettering the health care system. In AMA/OMSA, students can author healthcare policy and have numerous networking opportunities. Look out for our upcoming social Casino Night and numerous discounts on study materials!

American Medical Student Association: AMSA is committed to improving health care and health care delivery to all people; promoting active improvement in medical education; contributing to the welfare of medical students, premedical students, interns, residents and post-MD/DO trainees; and advancing the profession of medicine.

American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) is a national organization of doctors, residents, and medical students focused on empowering women in medicine and learning more about women's health. Come join us!

Anesthesia Student Interest Group (ASIG) aims to increase the amount of exposure to anesthesiology. We host lunch talks, workshops, and provide shadowing opportunity to build awareness and skills needed in anesthesia.

Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA) is Committed to addressing the unique health challenges of Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) communities

Bearcat Barbell is the student interest group charged with running the R&R weight room and offering opportunities for UCCOM to learn and practice new and exciting workout techniques.

Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery Interest Group (CCTSIG) aims to promote awareness and provide opportunities within the cardiac specialties.  Shadowing sessions, informational talks, and skills sessions will be offered in both cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery.

Catholic Medical Association aims to link faith and medicine by building community among Catholic students at UCCOM and fostering mentoring relationships with practicing physicians.

Christian Medical Association:  In CMA, we explore questions about God and the integration of faith and medicine in the context of a supportive and welcoming community. Get involved through weekly Bible studies, dinners with doctors, lunch talks, on-campus prayer gatherings, and service opportunities.

Culinary Club:  Students passionate about creating delicious meals in an open setting. In addition to our highly coveted bi-annual cooking with Dr. Giffin sessions, we have been tirelessly working on setting up a brand new teaching kitchen/cooking class to begin this upcoming year.

Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG) provides medical students insight on career opportunities within emergency medicine through various lecture series, clinical skills workshops, and resident mentoring. 

ENT Interest Group (ENT IG) is dedicated to exposing students to otolaryngology and sub-specialties of the field. Throughout the year we host lunch talks and commence the year with a meet-and-greet with attendings and residents in the department.

Family Medicine Interest Group:  FMIG is a student-run group for those interested in Family Medicine. FMIG hosts many physician led talks, events and workshops throughout the year including the Secrets of the Match Dinner.

Genetics in Medicine:  We are an interest group that combines the field of genetics with the testing, diagnosis, and treatment of patients with genetic abnormalities. We are also interested in the future of personalized medicine.      

Global Health Interest Group:  This group aims to cultivate interest in global health, inform students of global health opportunities, and aid in preparing those students for their experiences abroad.

Groovernaculum:  Groovenaculum is UCCOM’s one and only dance team! Weekly classes taught by fellow UCCOM students are friendly to both novices and dancing pros and vary in style. We showcase our talents in the annual Iva-Dean benefit concert and talent show. 

Health Transformation Interest Group:  HTIG serves to connect medical students with the knowledge to understand healthcare transformation and integrate technological innovation for improved delivery and access to patient care.

Integrative Medicine Student Interest Group aims to inspire ourselves and our fellow students to use all available scientifically-proven methods to empower patients and physicians, transforming the way medicine is practiced and health is promoted.

Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG) focuses on promoting the field of Internal Medicine within the UCCOM student body by hosting engaging and informative events that provide students an opportunity to cultivate and explore their interest in Internal Medicine.

IPJH:  A Student Group dedicated to Community Service with a focus on the connection between poverty, justice, and health.

Jewish Medical Student Association (JMSA) serves to bring together the Jewish student community at UCCOM and provide them and others with opportunities to practice and be involved with the larger Cincinnati Jewish community.

LGBTQA advocacy group aims to educate students on LGBTQA health, to equip students with skills to best serve the LGBTQA population, and to encourage allyship between patients and healthcare providers alike.

Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) is interested in furthering representation and involvement in the Hispanic/Latino community in healthcare.

Med Mentors:  We, over 150 of your fellow MedCats, deliver high-quality mentorship to the youth of Cincinnati by creating friendships through fun activities, educational experiences, and social gatherings.  For much more information, check us out on Facebook!

Med-Peds Interest Group provides students with a direct connection to the exciting dual Internal Medicine/Pediatrics specialty. In partnership with the UC/CCHMC Med-Peds Residency Program, MPIG offers medical students the opportunity to shadow residents, to attend lecture series, and to attend clinical workshops.

Medical Student Scholars Program: Students are engaged in preceptor-supervised educational experiences within a circumscribed area of interest. They participate in clinical and didactic activities that go above and beyond the required components of the medical school curriculum

MedVoUC: A student-run volunteer organization providing basic primary care and health education to the underserved community at a Men’s and Women’s Shelter in Greater Cincinnati while building medical students’ clinical skills. 

Men's Health Club:  We raise money and awareness for issues and diseases relating to mens health, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, etc.

Neurosurgery Interest Group:  The UC Neurosurgery interest group aims to assist medical students in gaining exposure to the rapidly advancing field of Neurosurgery through offering and assisting in acquiring shadowing and research opportunities, lectures in the field of Neurosurgery, and surgical skills workshops.

OBGYN Interest Group:  OGIG is your student interest group devoted to bringing opportunities to explore the world of obstetrics/gynecology and the world of women's health to UCCOM.

Ophthalmology Interest Group:  We work with students and faculty to help promote and educate the student body about the field of ophthalmology.

Orthopedic Surgery Student Interest Group (OSIG):  The purpose of OSIG is to introduce students to the field of Orthopedic Surgery and connect interested students with upperclassmen.

Peds Club:  Peds Club at UCCOM provides incredible opportunities for medical students with an interest in Pediatrics. We work to offer a variety of shadowing experiences in collaboration with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, volunteering throughout the Cincinnati/NKY, and exciting lunch talks with some of the best physicians.

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Interest Group):  This group provides a platform for access to this exciting surgical field, including general information as well as guidance on the career, the match, and research opportunities.

PM&R Interest Group (PMRIG):  PMRIG is dedicated to helping others explore Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as a specialty.

Psychiatry Student Interest Group:  PSIG organizes activities to introduce and discuss various topics in psychiatry. We aim to heighten awareness about mental health while providing informal opportunities to engage with peers, residents, and faculty.

Radiology Interest Group:  RIG organizes lunch talks and special events to promote the field of radiology and its subspecialties.

Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is committed to supporting current/future underrepresented minority medical students, addressing the needs of underserved communities, and creating culturally competent and socially conscious physicians.

Surgery Interest Group:  We provide great lunch talks, suturing workshops, and shadowing opportunities to anyone interested in General Surgery and its subspecialties.

Student-Run Free Clinic (SRFC): A student-led initiative to open a free clinic in Springdale, Ohio aimed to serve the underserved in Northern Cincinnati with emphasis to the Latino population.

Student Wellness Center  The mission of the SWC is to offer a system of academic, social, emotional and psychological support to the students of UCCOM. The SWC yearly wellness activities include exam stress relief and quarterly, informal social hours.

UCCOM Chorus Club:  Join us for low-stress singing! Once a week we get our minds off studying by making music. A couple times a year we perform for the UCCOM community. (No auditions!)

UCCOM Med-Sci Mentors:  Med student mentors are paired with 2-3 Medical Sciences undergraduate students, and share their experiences and advice to guide them on their pre-medical journey.

UC Open School:  Our organization is an interdisciplinary health professional run clinic on Saturdays at St. Vincent De Paul.

Urban Health Project:  8 week paid summer internship for rising M2s at community non-profits.

Wilderness Medicine Interest Group:  The Wilderness Medicine Interest Group serves to educate medical students on implementation of practical skills outside of the hospital/clinic setting while fostering an appreciation of nature.

Women Leading Healthy Change:  WLHG created a partnership between female medical students and women healing from lives of prostitution, addiction, and mental illness. Medical students help co-lead classes at First Step Home and Off the Streets, two shelters that provide support

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