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 number of requirements you need to be aware of prior to the start of BMS on August 5th. Here is a introductory letter from Dr. Kaul and Dr. Pintar. If you have any questions please contact either Dr. Kaul or Dr. Pintar 


Summary of Pre-BMS Requirements:

  • CITI Training due September 3rd

  • Sign up for Piazza

  • Review Biochemistry Prep modules (not mandatory)

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) on-line 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 2023 (updated 06/12/2019). 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.

CITI training certificates must be submitted by September 3rd.

You will learn how to use ExamSoft during Orientation so please save your certificates in a secure place until then.

If you have any questions, please email Ms. Wa'deeah Terry (


Biochemistry Prep Modules

Because of the changes in MCAT which include more biochemistry content, you are expected to have a good foundation in fundamental 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. For this reason, we are using the “Get Up to Speed” or GUTS modules. We are using these modules with the permission of the University of North Carolina Medical School at Chapel Hill. Each module has a short Pre-lecture quiz for each lecture to determine whether 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:


Finally, we will be using Piazza, an online platform that facilitates interaction among started as a way to help students who were stuck on homework problems get unstuck with the help of their classmates, TAs and professors. This site is a safe and secure site in which we can share resources, ask questions to your teachers and peers, submit projects, take quizzes, and receive feedback. This is a free platform. Please sign up for Piazza and create an account. You can download the App to your iPad or iPhone or use the following link to sign up using your laptop:


You can either sign up now with their personal e-mails, or wait until they have set up their e-mail to sign up with your school e-mail.  However, please note that the Orientation Week will be very busy and you may not have enough time to review the Methods of Protein Analysis objectives and the eBook prepared by Dr. Ann Stock. This review material will help you with Dr. Stock's biochemistry lecture material. These materials are posted under Resources on Piazza. In addition, you will find the draft schedule of the Biomedical Sciences course under Resources. Please note that the schedule is subject to change.


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 for both sessions will be posted on AMP. 

Created by your 2019 Orientation Team