MD Program

New Student Orientation

First-year orientation is an introduction to IU School of Medicine. It is held the week prior to the start of classes in August. Optional activities are available all week leading up to the required Orientation program on Thursday and Friday of Orientation Week.

Orientation Week

A full week of activities is planned for first-year medical students to welcome them to IU School of Medicine and encourage them to meet their classmates before the academic year begins. Activities include the annual student-sponsored Field Day and a service project sponsored by the IU School of Medicine Medical Student Service Learning Group; all students are invited to attend.

For the Class of 2021, Welcome Week will be held July 31–August 4, 2017. The mandatory Statewide First-Year Orientation program will be held the final two days of Welcome Week, on August 3 and 4, 2017.

Complete information about Orientation (including the agenda, required paperwork, optional activities and campus-specific details) will be available on Canvas, which is available to new students beginning in July. Note: In order to access the Canvas site, students need an IUPUI email account and password. Find information about the IU Account Management System.

The highlight and culmination of orientation week is the White Coat Ceremony, when each member of the new class of medical students officially matriculates and becomes part of the IU School of Medicine community.

Equipment Requirements for First-Year Medical Students

The amount of required supplies that first-year medical students must purchase in preparation for their first semester are minimal, as dissection kits and clean lab gowns are provided, and students can rent microscopes for coursework.