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 SiteStart DateContactEmailOrientation Page
Washington/SeattleTBDLaura Ortizsomstudentaffairs@uw.eduAvailable in late June
Washington/SpokaneTBDEmily Drake
Deborah Greene
Available in late June
WyomingTBDNatalia Brown
John Willford
Available in late June
AlaskaTBDNancy Hallnjhall@alaska.eduAvailable in late June
TBDKayla Ouertkayla.ouert@montana.eduAvailable in late June
IdahoTBDMarlane Martonick
Whitney Vincent
Available in late June


Pre-Orientation Check List 

Please review the 2023 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.