In July, each Foundations Site conducts an Orientation program for incoming students. Orientation sessions are designed to familiarize you with the School of Medicine’s resources and services to help you onboard into medical school. All incoming students are required to be at their Foundations site, ready to participate in Orientation before classes begin. A detailed schedule of Orientation will be sent to you over the summer as well as a link to your site specific Orientation Canvas page. Foundation Phase classes will begin on July 20, 2023.

Orientation Start Dates & Contacts

Foundations SiteStart DateContactEmailOrientation Page
Washington/SeattleTo Be AnnouncedEdmel Ronquilloredmel@uw.eduAvailable in June 2023
Washington/SpokaneTo Be AnnouncedCarol Weigand
Deborah Greene
Available in June 2023
WyomingTo Be AnnouncedNatalia Brown
John Willford
Available in June 2023
AlaskaTo Be AnnouncedNancy Hallnjhall@alaska.eduAvailable in June 2023
To Be AnnouncedKayla Ouertkayla.ouert@montana.eduAvailable in June 2023
IdahoTo Be AnnouncedMarlane Martonick
Whitney Vincent
Available in June 2023


Clinical Immersion

In early September, the school will hold a Clinical Immersion week to prepare you for the Foundations Phase of the curriculum, focusing on clinical skills practice. The clinical skills training will begin after you have completed your first Foundations course.

Required Forms

Please complete the following forms prior to the start of your Foundation site’s Orientation –

Pre Orientation Check List 

Prior to the start of your respective Orientation at your Foundations site, there are a series of required items you will need to complete. Please review the checklist items here: 2022 Pre-Orientation Check List