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.
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.