I have just completed one week of my medical school orientation, and I could not be more excited to start medical school! Although every school does orientation a little differently, I thought it would be helpful to explain some of the events that are consistent across most medical schools.
- Curriculum Overview: This will contain mostly information about how the curriculum is structured and the way it is. You will not get specific details on classes, but you will get a general idea of the classes you will be taking. During this time you will also learn about the 3rd year rotations and possible clinical spots.
- Student Handbook of Policies: Simply stated, the handbook is a list of expectations, both academically and socially. It lists out exactly what you shouldn’t do so that you don’t end up in front of the Promotion and Matriculation Committee. If your school does not go too deep into this in detail, you should definitely take the time to read through the fine print.
- Meet and Greets: There are a TON of social activities with fellow peers, upperclassmen, and faculty. Take the time to step outside your comfort zone to meet new friends.
- Drug Screening and Background Checks: This section is self-explanatory. Every school does drug screening differently, but most do will do a urine test before school starts. The background check is online using a separate portal. Check with your school to see exactly how they want you to do it.
- ID Cards and Class Pictures: Make sure you look your best during orientation because most likely there will be pictures taken!
Most importantly, enjoy yourself during orientation week. It’s the fun before classes start!