To mark the start of the academic year and to orient students to the major tasks ahead of them, the Dean's Office sponsors orientations for first, second, and third year students.

First Year

During the week prior to the start of school, the second year class sponsors MOO trips (Medical Outdoor Orientation) for incoming first year students. Students may choose to go camping, rafting or spelunking as they informally meet the people who will become their lifelong friends.

Formal orientation is a three-day event that begins with an introduction to the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, faculty and students. On Monday evening, there is an informal picnic reception at the Dean's home. There is a Student Life Fair, showcasing student organizations at VUSM, and a Curriculum Fair, showcasing the many elective offerings of the first two years. And all throughout there is food, food, food! The culmination to orientation is the White Coat Ceremony and Convocation late Wednesday afternoon and classes begin on Thursday morning. During orientation students are paired with second year student advisors, and receive both faculty and student views on the ins and outs of medical school.

MAG - Meet and Greet

A casual, not so serious day where you can get to know your classmates and VUSM.

Second Year

Second year orientation coincides with the first two days of first year orientation. On Monday, students are introduced to the unique challenges that lie immediately ahead as they begin to explore human disease processes. Much of the second day is spent assisting with first year orientation as they are called on to become student advisors. Second year students are encouraged to help plan and participate in all aspects of the orientation process, so incoming students may benefit from their experience.

Third Year

After two long years in the classroom, third year students go to the wards to begin intensive clinical training. There are many new lessons to be learned during the third year. These include: how to interact with patients, housestaff and attendings; how to write notes and orders; how to present patients on rounds; how to search the medical literature for answers to clinical problems; and how to cope with the difficult ethical and moral questions that arise in our complex medical care settings. Utilizing a variety of workshops and seminars during this two day orientation, we hope to address all of these issues.