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 Wednesday through Friday of 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 wellness activities, the Common Read experience and a service project sponsored by the Medical Student Service-Learning Group; all students are invited to attend.
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 required supplies for the first year of medical school include medical instruments, a laptop computer, textbooks and some other basic medical supplies. Students learn about equipment requirements and other orientation tasks in the Orientation Checklist newsletter and the Orientation Portal on Canvas.