Why should I attend Orientation?
You will not only receive valuable information, but you will begin networking with your classmates, faculty, staff,and administrators which will be very helpful.
Am I required to attend Orientation?
Yes. Tools and resources will be provided to help you hit the ground running.
What should I bring to Orientation?
Be prepared to take notes, and a laptop is also periodically needed. Click here for technical requirements.
What should I wear?
Wear business Casual Dress. Refer to the Student Handbook for additional details. For the Service Project on Wednesday (7/18), casual attire is appropriate and must wear close-toed shoes.
What time should I arrive?
Check-in starts at 8:00 am on the first day. Orientation begins promptly at 8:30 am
Can other family members attend?
No. Families are invited to the RVU Community Social at Sand Hollow Aquatic Center on Thursday (7/19) from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
Will there be time to get to know the other students?
In addition to the break-out sessions, you will also be attending a Student Government sponsored evening social on Monday (7/17) from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Why isn’t the White Coat ceremony during Orientation?
Due to the hot temperatures in Southern Utah in July, the White Coat ceremony is taking place on September 22nd when the weather is more accommodating.
When will I receive my White Coat?
You will receive your White Coat as you check in for Orientation.
When will I get my ID badge?
ID badges will be distributed on the first day of class, July 23rd.
Are there any activities for my family members?
Yes. We are inviting all family members, including the Class of 2021, to the RVU Community Potluck Social on Thursday evening, July 19th, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Each student should bring a side dish or dessert.
When will I meet my Peer Mentor?
All of the peer mentors are encouraged to attend Orientation. If your mentor is unable to attend, then they will contact you for an in-person meeting during the first week of classes.
Do I need to take any pre-assessments before Orientation?
Yes. You are required to take the LASSI (Learning & Study Strategies Inventory), VARK Questionnaire, Study Skills Inventory, and Learning Style Inventory. These assessments will help you better understand yourself and how you study, and will aid your advisor in providing you with useful feedback, especially if you have any academic difficulties.
What should I know before I start classes?
In addition to the information shared by Dr. Mason regarding the MSK course, you should review all of the pre-orientation information available on this website. You will also have the opportunity to ask our 2nd year students questions during a Q&A, and should reach out to your assigned Peer Mentor for any questions you may have. Also Google “What should I know before starting medical school.”
Where should I park?
Parking lot north of the COM (closest to the Red Mountain), between the COM and Veterans Center.
Will food be provided?
Yes. Lunch will be provided each day.