Past Emails

Past Emails


Good Afternoon!

Congrats on being admitted to UofL School of Medicine!

My name is Tony Simms, and I serve as the Assistant Director for Medical Student Affairs at the School of Medicine.  Over the next several months, you will receive quite a bit of information from me regarding living in Louisville, White Coat Ceremony, and Orientation.  I am the point person in those areas, so if you have questions please feel free to contact me.



This first email is to let you know that the committee planning your orientation week is managing a Facebook group for the ULSOM Class of 2019.  The direct link is .  As social media becomes more popular in terms of communicating with others, many classes have resorted to a Facebook group.

** Please note that only members of the Class of 2019 (aside from the second year student administrators) will be granted access to this Facebook page.  In order to join, you must request to be added to the group.

My caveat: please remember that what you put online is public information.  As a medical student, you are creating your "reputation" and we expect you to present yourself in a professional manner.


Another great resource for you is the UofL School of Medicine Medical Student Affairs Facebook page.  We use this for all announcement, upcoming events, posting images and videos, etc.  That direct link is .

Again, congrats on being admitted!  If you have any immediate questions from me, please do not hesitate to ask.  Please expect another email from me next week.





Dear Incoming Medical Student:

Congratulations on your acceptance to the University of Louisville’s School of Medicine!  The upcoming year will be exciting, and we would like to begin the year by officially welcoming you at the White Coat Ceremony.  This event will begin a week of orientation activities, followed by your first week of classes.  The White Coat Ceremony is an excellent opportunity to celebrate the beginning of your medical career, meet your classmates, and receive your white coat!

The White Coat Ceremony will be Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 3:00PM.  Please be sure to arrive no later than 2:15PM so that you can obtain your coat and form an alphabetical line for the processional.  The ceremony will take place at the Louisville Marriott Downtown (280 West Jefferson Street) in the Marriott Ballroom.  Parking will be available in the Marriott parking garage.  Each student is allowed to bring four guests to the ceremony.  Men should wear a dress shirt and tie; women should wear a dress or dress slacks and a blouse.  WCC Website: .

To assure your coat size will be available at the ceremony, you must provide your coat size (as well as other information) by July 1, 2015 by filling out the White Coat Ceremony / Orientation Google document located on the Admissions Office Blackboard site or by clicking the following link ( ).  Women, your white coat size is usually the same as your dress size.  Men, your white coat size usually the same as your suit coat size.  It is never a bad idea to visit a local medical uniform store and try on a white coat just to be sure!

Your orientation will begin the morning after White Coat Ceremony.  Registration will be at 8:00AM on Monday, July 27, 2015 at the HSC Courtyard (500 S. Preston Street).  During orientation you may park in the 620 Garage on the corner of Muhammad Ali Blvd. and Clay Street without a parking permit (please enter in the Muhammad Ali entrance).  Please park on level three or higher in the garage to avoid being ticketed.  You will be given the opportunity to purchase a parking permit during orientation.

Orientation will offer you an opportunity to become acquainted with your classmates, as well as faculty members and second year medical students who have volunteered their time to welcome you and offer special support.  The morning and afternoon sessions will consist of ULSOM faculty and staff touching on various topics to help with your transition.  Evening social events are also scheduled.  Once a schedule is ready for you to view, we will make that available on the Student Affairs website.  Orientation Website: .

If you have questions or need additional information, please email Tony Simms at

We look forward to seeing you soon!





*Each year we compile a list of current and incoming medical students who are looking for roommates for the upcoming academic year.  If you fall in this category and want your name and contact information to be included in the list, please go to this site ( ) and fill in the appropriate information.

***Your submissions will be open all current and incoming medical students.  To view all of the submitted responses, please visit .  Students will only be able to view this form - not edit.  If you fill your vacancy or need to be removed from this list, please contact me and I will remove you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


Tony Simms