Office of Organization Effectiveness

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

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For more information please contact us by phone 215-573-0682 or email:


The Perelman School of Medicine is a large, complex organization that can be challenging to understand for new staff. We have designed several resources for individuals and departments to use to ensure new staff make a smooth and efficient transition into the operations of the Perelman SOM as well as their specific position.

Before and after

Prospective employee? New hire? Veteran employee? For all of those we have created SOM Central - a one-stop online resource with information essential to life as an employee of the University and Perelman SOM. It gives new employees what they need to know right from the start, such as maps, transportation, and benefits information. It is helpful for prospective candidates and veteran staff as well.

New Staff Orientation (New program to launch end of October 2018)

New staff orientation will be a blended program consisting of online modules and in-person networking events. Our new program will provide an overview of the Perelman SOM as well as useful information about key functions and resources that are important to Perelman SOM staff. Specifically, the program will help new staff:

  • feel welcome
  • understand the Perelman School of Medicine's past, mission, and vision for the future
  • understand the Perelman School of Medicine's organizational and reporting structure
  • learn relevant functional departments contacts and numbers
  • identify resources that are available to support you as a Perelman School of Medicine employee
  • encourage new hires and transfers to network with one another

It is expected that all new employees and transfers to the Perelman School of Medicine will participate in the orientation as soon after their start date as possible. The online portion of orientation will automatically be assigned on KnowledgeLink as soon as they are present in the system. The in-person networking sessions are scheduled quarterly. New hires and transfers will have the option to register in Knowledgelink.

Questions? Call our office at 215-573-0682 or Email


Departmental Orientation

Orienting new staff to a job can be an overwhelming task when added to all your other duties. The questions are endless: how do they set up an email account?  Where can they park so they don’t have to keep feeding the meter?  And where do they get that black key?

The Department of Organization Effectiveness, in collaboration with a group of experienced Perelman SOM managers, has created templates for you to use to orient staff and temporary workers to their jobs. You can use them as-is, or download them to your computer and alter them to suit the needs of your department. 

Three versions of the checklist are available in MS Word format: