In July, each Foundations Site conducts an in-person orientation program for incoming students. All incoming students are required to be at their Foundations site and participate in orientation before classes begin. Orientation sessions are designed to familiarize you with the School of Medicine’s resources and services to help you onboard into medical school. A detailed schedule of orientation and a link to your site-specific orientation Canvas page will be available in late June.

Foundation Phase classes will begin on July 18, 2024. In September, students will complete a clinical immersion program that focuses on clinical skills practice following their first Foundations course.

Orientation Start Dates & Contacts

Foundations SiteProgram DatesContactEmailOrientation Page
Washington/SeattleJuly 9-17, 2024Laura Ortizsomstudentaffairs@uw.eduAvailable in late June
Washington/SpokaneJuly 11-17, 2024Sean Collins
Deborah Greene
Available in late June
WyomingJuly 8-17, 2024Natalia Brown
April French
John Willford
Available in late June
AlaskaJuly 15-17, 2024Nancy Hallnjhall@alaska.eduAvailable in late June
July 11-17, 2024Kayla Ouertkayla.ouert@montana.eduAvailable in late June
IdahoJuly 11-17, 2024Marlane Martonick
Whitney Vincent
Available in late June


Pre-Orientation Check List 

Please review the Pre-Orientation Checklist and complete all required items prior to the start of Orientation at your respective Foundations site. Additional requirements will be added to the checklist over the course of the spring.