Frequently Asked Questions
If there are any additional questions you have, please contact the Orientation Team (Natalia and Lucy) at RWJMSOrientationTeam@gmail.com
When will the Exam Schedule and White Coat Ceremony information be released?
We do not have a finalized M1 exam schedule available, but we will provide you that information as soon as the Course Directors release it. For now, you can view your holiday break schedule and the Introduction to Physicianship (your first course) exam dates here!
The White Coat Ceremony will be held on July 22nd at 2:00 pm following your Orientation activities. More detailed information about the ceremony can be found under the "White Coat Ceremony" page.
What if my NetID is not working?
Please contact Dr. Copeland with RWJMS Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org so she can assist you ASAP. Do not contact the Registrar. This problem occurs sometimes with affiliations with previous Rutgers programming.
No worries - We will help you with your account and you can still complete many your requirements without a NetID! Please refer to the instructions on the Mandatory Summer Assignment page and the Important Requirements page for more information!
Do I need to do anything prior to orientation?
There are some forms, training sessions, a few readings, and other tasks you will need to complete prior to Orientation and the start of medical school. You can find the pre-orientation checklist on the website! And make sure you keep a close on any emails from us, especially if they are marked [ACTION REQUIRED]!
What should I expect of orientation week? Where is the schedule of events?
The Orientation Schedule can be found here. Please continue to check this page, it will be regularly updated as details are finalized.
On the first day of Orientation, you will be split into groups of 10-13 students. Every group will be led by 2 Peer Mentors, who are rising M2's who will be your guides and mentors! You will spend time as a class in the lecture hall as well as time in your Orientation groups. Expect Orientation to be both informative and enjoyable!
What kind of clothing will I need for Orientation and for medical school?
During Orientation, expect some days to be casual and others to be business casual. A detailed day-by-day break down can ne found on the Orientation schedule. If you have any questions, you can consult our What to Wear page.
During school (attending lectures, studying on campus), casual, appropriate clothing is fine. For Introduction to Physicianship, you may be required to dress business casual with your white coat. Any time you have a patient interaction (ie. clinical off-site visits, standardized patient sessions), you will be required to wear business casual with your white coat.
Am I required to buy an iPad?
Nope. You will be given a brand new iPad. The Class of 2026 will be getting the iPad Pro 11 inch, 256 GB, Model MHQU3LL/A and Apple Pencil 2nd Generation during orientation! Your iPads will come pre-loaded with many expensive apps, so hold off on buying apps until orientation week! If you want, you can start looking at iPad cases and screen protectors.
Do I need to purchase "doctoring" equipment like a white coat, stethoscope, otoscope, etc.?
White coats will be provided to you during Orientation week at no charge! White coats come embroidered with our school name and your name, so we don't recommend getting your own.
You will be required to have certain medical equipment for Introduction to Physicianship- please check the required medical equipment page!
Do I really need to come to Orientation?
Yes - Orientation is required! Not only will it be an incredibly informative week, it was also be fun and memorable! You will get to know your fellow classmates, upperclassmen, as well as professors during orientation. There is also a wealth of information that you will be given during this week. We guarantee that you will have lots of fun!
Where can I find the required list of textbooks?
We strongly recommend waiting until Orientation Week to buy any textbooks. Your Orientation Team and Peer Mentors will give you invaluable advice about textbooks. Additionally, most textbooks that are required are available for free online through the Rutgers library!
Do I need any back-to-school supplies?
We do recommend that you buy an iPad case (many students buy a case with a built-in keyboard). Otherwise, we think it is best to wait until school starts to buy any other school supplies. During the first few weeks of school, you may try various note-taking or study techniques that involve paper, your iPad, and/or your computer. Many students use their iPads to take notes in class and to study, so hold off on buying anything expensive.