Frequently Asked Questions

If there are any additional questions you have, please contact that Orientation Team at

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!

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. We will inform you of the dress code for each day when we post the orientation schedule. If you have any questions, you can consult our What to Wear page as well.

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.

What should I expect of orientation week?

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 M-2'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. There will be additional activities in the evenings as well! Expect orientation to be both informative and enjoyable! Be sure to come well rested; we'll be keeping you busy!

What's the deal with housing?

Please visit our Housing Information page! If you still have questions, email us at and ask for the Housing Coordinators!

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]!

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!

Am I required to buy an iPad?

Nope. You will be given a brand new iPad. The Class of 2025 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 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.

What are all those acronyms under "involvement at RWJMS"? 

If you visited our Faces of Orientation page, you may have noticed all the acronyms listed under "Involvement at RWJMS" for each orientation team member and peer mentor. These are all different clubs, interest groups, student organizations, and distinctions our students have had the opportunity to participate in. You can find our more about our student groups through our RWJMS Student Groups page.