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Orientation/White Coat Ceremonies

logoWelcome and What's New

Updated: January 31, 2020; Added updated session II program schedule.

Congratulations on your acceptance to Upstate Medical University and welcome to the New Student Orientation page! This will be your "go to site" for all information about the New Student Orientation programs for students entering in 2020!

Additional information will be added to this page leading up to your NSO program.  Please visit this page and your MY UPSTATE page regularly to keep up on required orientation modules, invitations for the COM and CHP White Coat Ceremony, additional Welcome Programs and exciting optional social events.

A Facebook group for networking with other accepted students is also live.  Make sure to join the group and enjoy meeting some of your new colleagues!  Please note that you will be required to answer a couple group questions to gain access to the group as many individuals do not use a "legal" name for Facebook.  Please answer the group questions so we can approve you!  If you have questions, please let us know.  This is just our way to keep the group to just incoming/new Upstate students!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me and I will be sure to get back to you! I look forward to meeting you.

Chuck Simpson
Director of Campus Activities and Special Projects
Coordinator of New Student Orientation Programs

Ryan Green
Assistant Director of Campus Activities

Della LaVeck
Administrative Assistant/Office Manager


Orientation Program Schedules and Important Dates to Remember

There are three in-person new student orientation sessions for incoming students at Upstate Medical University.  You are assigned to a NSO session based on your program of study.  The following are the three session dates and the academic programs which attend each session.  In the next block are the tentative program schedules for each session.  Please make sure to have your NSO session dates on your personal calendar and take a few minutes to review the tentative program schedules.

New Student Orientation Session I - June 4 & 5, 2020:
For all students in the College of Health Professions Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) and Physician Assistant (PA) programs. 

New Student Orientation Session II - August 6 & 7, 2020: For all students in the College of Medicine MD, MD/PhD and MD/MPH programs.  

New Student Orientation Session III - August 20 & 21, 2020: For all students in the College of Graduate Studies; students in the College of Health Professions Behavioral Analysis Studies, Clinical Perfusion, Medical Imaging Sciences, Medical Prep, Medical Scholars, Medical Technology, Medical Biotechnology, Radiation Therapy and Respiratory Therapy programs; and students in the College of Medicine Master of Public Health program.  

College of Nursing Students: CON students will have an online virtual new student orientation program in Blackboard that will go live in early August 2020.  When the program is available an email will be sent to all incoming CON students.  If you have any academic questions, please contact the College of Nursing at (315) 464-4276.  For information on the online virtual new student orientation, please feel free to contact us in the Campus Activities Office at (315) 464-5618 or via email at: campact@upstate.edu.

Orientation Program Information:

The following are the tentative program schedules for the three in-person NSO sessions.  Please review your tentative schedule. Please note that the schedules are tentative, you will receive the confirmed and final schedule upon arrival on campus at New Student Orientation Check-In.

NSO Session I (June 4 & 5, 2020) Program Schedule
NSO Session II (August 6 & 7, 2020) Program Schedule
NSO Session III (August 20 & 21, 2020) Program Schedule

White Coat Ceremony and Welcome Program Information

The White Coat Ceremonies for the College of Health Professions (CHP) and College of Medicine (COM) will be held on Saturday, August 22 in the Ballroom at the Oncenter Convention Center.  Tentatively, the College of Health Professions Ceremony will begin at 10am and the College of Medicine Ceremony will begin at 1:30pm.  A light reception will follow each ceremony.  Tickets are required for the ceremony and additional information regarding ticket distribution will be available in early Summer 2020. 

Planning for Welcome Programs for students in the College of Nursing (CON) and College of Graduate Studies (COGS) is also currently underway. 

As details are finalized for all white coat/welcome programs, they will be added to this page. 

If you have any questions about White Coat Ceremonies or other Welcome Programs, please feel free to contact the staff in the Office of Campus Activities.