Pre-Biomedical Sciences Requirements


Biomedical Sciences (BMS) is your first course as a medical student, a part of the Foundations of Medicine block. There are a number of requirements you need to be aware of prior to the start of BMS. 

Summary of Pre-BMS Requirements: COMING SOON

CITI Training

Prior to beginning your first M1 course, Biomedical Sciences, RWJMS requires you to complete an online training course before you may access sensitive patient information or participate in clinical research.

The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) online training will prepare you for the in-class session on Ethical Issues in Human Research. In addition to acquiring the important concepts included in this educational resource, completion of CITI allows you to participate in clinical research while you are a student and "hit the ground running" for your Independent Project, which you will hear about during orientation. Step-by-step registration instructions and the modules you are required to complete can be found here. PLEASE NOTE: Instructions have been updated for the Class of 2024. If you have previously completed CITI training at another institution, please provide the appropriate completion reports in lieu of repeating the course. Just be sure to cross-check the reports to ensure that you've completed all of the modules required by RWJMS, which may differ from the requirements of your previous position.

*Note that this training will take you approximately 4-6 hours to complete, but it does not need to be completed in one sitting.* We recommend that you complete it prior to orientation week.

Biochemistry Prep Modules

You are expected to have a good foundation in fundamental biochemistry concepts before coming to medical school. It is important to review these concepts between now and August 6, the first day of the Biomedical Sciences course. Reviewing this material will enable you to “hit the ground running” once school starts. We are recommending the “Get Up to Speed” or GUTS modules as an optional biochemistry review tool for you. These modules were developed at the University of North Carolina Medical School at Chapel Hill, and we have obtained permission to use them.

Each module has a short pre-lecture quiz for each lecture to determine whether a review of the GUTS lecture might be helpful. If you score 80% or better, you probably do not need to view the lecture.  If you score lower than 80%, you will likely benefit from the GUTS lecture.  You can assess your learning after watching the video by taking the Post-lecture quiz that is included with each lecture set.  In addition, for those of you who prefer reading to watching videos, there is a lecture syllabus that accompanies each video.

Here is the link to the GUTS modules:


We will use Piazza, a free online platform that facilitates interaction among students and instructors. Some of you may have already used Piazza in previous courses. It provides a platform for quick and easy interactions among students and faculty. As the course moves along, we would encourage you to post your questions there.  This way the whole class will benefit from the answer. You can download the Piazza App on your phone/iPad or use the following link to sign up using your laptop:

We would suggest that you to sign up for Piazza with your RWJMS e-mail ID (if you have it).  If you sign up now, you will have access to the Methods of Protein Analysis Objectives and Ebook prepared by Dr. Ann Stock, which is already posted under resources in Piazza. This review material is important for BMS and will help you with Dr. Stock's biochemistry lecture.


You will be learning about our web-based Academic Management Platform (AMP) during orientation week. Through AMP, you will receive all of your course schedules and materials to prep for your courses. Please be aware that you will need to review the material on Amino Acids and Proteins. This review material will help you with Dr. Stock's biochemistry lecture material. The review material will be posted on AMP.