Past Emails

Past Emails

March 20, 2017

Good Morning!

Congrats on being admitted to UofL School of Medicine! 

My name is Tony Simms, and I serve as the Director of Student Life & Student Wellness at UofL’s School of Medicine.  Over the next few months, you will receive quite a bit of information from me regarding White Coat Ceremony, Orientation, and things to plan for as you begin medical school.  If you have questions at all please feel free to contact me.


This first email is to let you know that there is a Facebook group for the ULSOM Class of 2021.  The direct link is .  As social media becomes more popular in terms of communicating with others, many classes have created Facebook pages. 

My caveat: please remember that what you post 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 .  Follow us on Facebook!

We also have a Twitter account - @ULSOMmedstuaf.  Follow us on Twitter too!

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.

Have a good weekend!


March 24, 2017

Good Morning,

As you begin thinking about your living arrangements for next year, please consider a few of the below items…

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 and occasionally other healthcare professionals.  To view all of the submitted responses, please visit  You 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.



April 3, 2017

Good Afternoon SOM Class of 2021:

Again, 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 during Orientation Week and at the White Coat Ceremony.  


Your orientation will begin the morning of Monday, July 24, 2017 in 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 (I will send a reminder about this over the summer).  You will be given the opportunity to purchase a parking permit during orientation.  

Orientation will offer you an opportunity to meet 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 into medical school.  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.  For more information about orientation week, please visit: .


The White Coat Ceremony will be Sunday, July 30, 2017 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 Crowne Plaza (830 Phillips Lane).  Surface parking will be available at the hotel.  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.  You can learn more about the White Coat Ceremony by visiting: .

***To ensure the correct coat will be available at the ceremony, you must provide your coat size (as well as other information) by July 1, 2017 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!   


I look forward to meeting you all soon! If you have questions or need additional information, please feel free to email or call.


July 10, 2017

Students –

Each year, the Medical School Student Council puts together a M.U.S.H. Book for incoming students.  This is an unofficial guide to medical school written by students – for students.  This gives you ins and outs of medical school, what supplies to and not to buy, etc.

Please take a look at this when you some time.  You can view it by visiting this link: .

Please be on the lookout for more email from me this week!

July 17, 2017

Students –

Orientation week is next week! 

The Class of 2021 orientation schedule is finished.  The final version can be viewed at:


 A couple of things to highlight:

  •  Orientation week is mandatory.  Registration will begin in the courtyard at 8:00am.  Panera will be bringing pastries, bagels, and coffee.  The first session will begin at 8:45am.  Be sure to wear your nametag (you will get it at registration). 
  • We do provide lunches Monday-Thursday.  These are usually boxed lunches or pizza.  If you have a dietary restriction, we will do our best to meet those, but you may want to bring a lunch just in case. We do have refrigerators to keep food cold. 
  • Dress code for orientation week is casual.  I tend to see students “dress to impress” early in the week and get more casual towards the end of the week. 
  • You will have your composite photo taken on Monday of orientation week.  Keep this in mind when deciding what to wear that day.  Note:  your composite photo will also be the photo on your student ID. 
  • Regarding parking, students will need to park in the 620 Garage during orientation week (See attached map – building 55h).  Please enter on the Muhammad Ali entrance (NOT THE CLAY STREET).  Students will be able to park on floor 3 and above.  Please note: The parking office will be selling 620 Garage parking passes tomorrow.  Those cost $379 I believe. 
  • Please wear your name badge at all UofL sponsored events/sessions – including the Belle of Louisville cruise.  You will receive this nametag at orientation registration. 
  • There are evening events as well during orientation week.  For one of them (Belle of Louisville) you can bring a guest.  More information about these will be given later. 
  • On Wednesday of orientation week we have BLS Certification as well as the Academic Technology session.  For those who will sign up for BLS in the morning, we ask that you participate in the technology session in the afternoon (and vice versa).  If you are currently certified in BLS, we will let you know how to opt out of the training. 

You will receive several emails from me this week.  Stay tuned!