MD Student Orientation Events & Schedule

MD Student Orientation MD Student Orientation Events & Schedule
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MD Student Orientation Events & Schedule

NYU School of Medicine is looking forward to welcoming you and your family to campus for Orientation Week, tentatively scheduled for August 13–18, 2017. During this series of programs and events, you learn about the traditions and community that make our school unique.

During orientation, you register for classes, participate in interactive classroom scenarios, become familiar with academic and career resources, and meet faculty and advisors.

But Orientation Week isn’t only about business. We have social activities planned so you can explore New York City and get to know your classmates.

Please know that all scheduled events and activities are subject to change.

Orientation Week Events

The following is the schedule for this year’s Orientation Week.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

7:00PM–8:00PM, Farkas Breezeway
Meet and Greet: Take a break from unpacking and join us for snacks. This is a casual event. Stop by and meet your future classmates.

Monday, August 14, 2017

12:00PM–1:30PM, Farkas Breezeway
Taking Care of Basics: Pick up your class T-shirt, NYU School of Medicine ID card, and White Coat Ceremony tickets, and tour our classroom facilities.

1:30PM–2:30PM, Alumni Hall B
Welcome Address from the Office of Student Affairs

2:30 PM–3:00PM, Alumni Hall B 
Student Council Information Session

3:00PM–4:30PM, 334 East 25th Street, Suite 103
Scheduled student health appointments

6:00pm–11:00pm, Pier 61 at Chelsea Piers
Manhattan Harbor Cruise: Dine, dance, and mingle with classmates while cruising past the Statue of Liberty and under the Brooklyn Bridge. This is an optional, ticketed event.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

8:30AM–9:15AM, Alumni Hall Breezeway
Check-in and Breakfast: Check-in and grab a bite to eat from our continental breakfast.

9:30AM–10:15AM, Alumni Hall B
Welcome Address: Our deans and directors welcome you and offer words of wisdom on starting your medical career.

10:15am–11:45am, Alumni Hall B
Violet Society Program Overview: Learn about our Violet Society Program and opportunities for career and professional development.

Lunch on your own

1:45PM–2:30PM, Schwartz E. Lobby
iPad distribution

2:30PM–3:00PM, Schwartz E Lecture Hall
Library Resources and Brightspace: Become familiar with student resources available from the Sid and Ruth Lapidus Health Sciences Library and online learning tools from our Institute for Innovations in Medical Education.

3:00PM–3:30PM, Schwartz E Lecture Hall
Information Session from Student Health Services

3:30PM–4:30PM, Schwartz E Lecture Hall
Professional Identity Development: Hear about the joys and challenges of developing an identity as a physician and our Portfolio Based Assessment of Professional Identity Development program.

6:00PM–9:00PM, 208 West 23rd Street
Gotham Comedy Club: Enjoy dinner and laughs with your new classmates. This is an optional, ticketed event. Food and nonalcoholic drinks are included.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

8:00AM–9:00AM, Schwartz E Lobby
Check-in and Breakfast: Start your day with a continental breakfast.

9:00AM–12:30PM, Schwartz E Lecture Hall
Curriculum Overview: Become familiar with the goals and objectives of our innovative Curriculum for the 21st Century. Bring your laptop to participate in an interactive classroom experience.

Lunch on your own

2:00PM–3:30PM, Schwartz E Lecture Hall
Wellness in Medical School: Learn tips and strategies to remain mentally and physically healthy during medical school. 

3:30PM–5:00PM, Schwartz E Lecture Hall
Common Ground Diversity Activity: Engage with your classmates and reflect on the similarities and differences between you and others in the medical school community in this interactive session.

Wild Card Night: Members of our Orientation Committee lead optional excursions around New York City. Learn about events happening in the city and discover some of our students’ favorite spots.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

9:00AM–12:00PM, 334 East 25th Street, Suite 103
Scheduled student health appointments

10:00AM–11:00AM, Farkas Auditorium
Parent and Family Welcome: Our deans and directors welcome your family with information about how you will spend your time at NYU School of Medicine. 

Lunch on your own

1:15PM–2:00PM, Alumni Hall B
White Coat Ceremony Prep

2:00PM–4:00PM, Farkas Auditorium
White Coat Ceremony: Mark the start of your medical career by taking the stage to be cloaked in your first white coat in the presence of friends, family, and colleagues, followed by a light reception.

Friday, August 18, 2017

NYU Washington Square Campus
Diagnostic Equipment and NYU ID Card: Pick up your diagnostic equipment and your NYUCard from the NYU Bookstore.

7:00PM, Citi Field, Section 105
New York Mets game: Join your classmates and attend a New York Mets baseball game at Citi Field. This is an optional, ticketed event.

Contact Us

The Office of Student Affairs oversees new student orientation and organizes Orientation Week events. For orientation-related questions or for assistance with adjusting to life at NYU School of Medicine, contact Rebecca Novick, student services coordinator, at 212-263-3930 or

Meet Our Student Orientation Committee

Current students are available to provide guidance and assistance throughout Orientation Week.

Medical Students Chatting at the White Coat Ceremony

White Coat Ceremony

Participate in an annual tradition that marks the beginning of your medical career.

Medical Students Smiling with Bouquet at White Coat Ceremony