Getting Started


Welcome Program

Orientation is a timely opportunity for all new Faculty and Staff to explore life and resources at Columbia, as well as to learn about the benefits that suit your personal needs.  This program is a helpful way to start employment on the right informational track.

It is strongly recommended that new hires attend within the first 30 days of being hired, as close to their first day of work as possible.

Please be advised that seating is limited.  To be assured of a seat, you must arrive by the scheduled start time.  Refreshments are served.  Managers can register their new hires for one of our upcoming sessions by clicking on the Welcome Program Registration Form link below. 


Medical Surveillance

Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), in its commitment to the health and safety of its personnel and visitors, has established a medical surveillance program to address work place hazards including exposure to biological, chemical and physical agents. The medical surveillance program includes healthcare workers who are at risk of acquiring and/or transmitting communicable diseases to patients, visitors and colleagues because of their exposure in the workplace. The program provides for an assessment of health risks associated with certain positions and a determination of appropriate medical testing and recommended vaccines. Medical surveillance will be required of certain positions, and additionally in certain cases, mandatory testing, immunization or other preventive procedures may be required. Medical surveillance will be performed in the Workforce Health & Safety (WHS) at the time of hire or transfer into a position with such hazards and periodically as required. Medical Surveillance clearance is a requirement for all those working in NYP space and fall under the Joint Commission requirement prior to their start date. There is no cost to the employee for this service.

If your position requires medical surveillance, your manager will notify and schedule you for an appointment.  For the full policy, please click here.


For Managers

The Welcome Program and Medical Surveillance Registration forms close every Friday at noon. Please check back on Monday to submit your form. Thank you.