COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
|WELCOME TO THE COLLEGE OF MEDICINE|
Dear Class of 2017,
Congratulations on your acceptance to MUSC’s College of Medicine! We welcome you to Charleston and to our campus.This letter is intended to guide you through the summer up to orientation. It contains important information pertaining to the organization of your class, as well as things that need to be completed before orientation.
Although this letter is rather lengthy, please read it in its entirety.
What is a COM TEAM?
First, we would like to let you know how your class will be structured into College of Medicine (COM) Teams, also known as small groups, beginning at orientation.
COM Teams give incoming students an opportunity to get to know a small group of their classmates right away outside of the many large group activities planned for orientation. As a member of a COM Team, you will work together with your peers throughout the year to help make the transition to medical school and excel as you advance your career in medicine.
Your class of around 180 students will be broken up into four large groups: A, B, C, and D. The large group to which you are assigned will determine which day of the week you will have certain classes or workshops, e.g. anatomy lab. Each of these large groups are then divided into 5 smaller groups called COM Teams (A5, B2, C3, etc) consisting of around 9 to 10 students.
Who are the leaders?
Coordinating the COM Team Leaders and orientation events are 5 COM Team Co-Chairs. We as Co-Chairs are here to serve you over the summer and be your reference for ANY questions you may have until you meet your Leaders at orientation.
Your attendance at all orientation events is mandatory. It is a time for you to meet your professors, fellow students, COM Team Leaders, and the Dean’s Office faculty and staff. Be on the lookout via email for more specific information about orientation schedule and location.
*Hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. In addition, please bring money for parking. Spouses and significant others are welcome.
**More information will be given at a later day.Resources
Throughout the summer, be sure to regularly check the MUSC College of Medicine website.
Below, to help you complete your requirements, we have included an informal list of tasks to be completed and where to find information about them.
Feel free to contact any of us this summer if you have questions or concerns. We wish you the best of luck during your medical school career and look forward to meeting you!
The 2013-2014 COM TEAM Co-Chairs
Things to know before starting the school year:
Just do it. It doesn't take long, and you have to do it every year.
STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE
Please refer to the following page, and make SURE you complete every part of it correctly, or it will be sent back to your right before school starts and will be a hassle.
*Keep checking the webpage and your email for updates on required reading.
If you do not live in downtown Charleston (i.e. you live in James Island, West Ashley, Mt. Pleasant) and don’t plan on taking the bus to school, you NEED to register your car and secure a parking spot at one of the MUSC parking garages or lots. This will save you lots of time (and $$ on parking tickets)! To register your car, and for more information about parking at MUSC, visit: parking/studentservices/
|WHITE COAT CEREMONY|
You will receive more specific information closer to the time and during orientation. However, here are some tips:
|SPOUSES AND SIGNIFICANT OTHERS|
During orientation, there will be a session for spouses and significant others of incoming first year medical students. You will receive more information about the date and time of this session later in the summer. We think that this will be a great experience, as spouses and significant others will be a big part in helping you transition through medical school and into a career in medicine.