Class of 2025 Medical Student Orientation  


students at orientationWe are so excited that you'll soon be joining us here at the Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. We want to congratulate you on your admission to the Class of 2025 and wish you a happy and successful four years here. This is a wonderful medical school with excellent faculty, staff, and students. We all welcome you as colleagues.

We know getting ready to go to medical school can seem like a daunting endeavor, so we created this website to assist you as you prepare to join us in Burlington, VT.

Starting medical school is a very exciting time and we strive to provide a quality orientation program that helps you become familiar with our campus and our community. The Office of Medical Student Education coordinates a week-long Orientation course which begins on Monday, August 9 and runs through August 13. Orientation is an essential part of your successful transition to medical school and is a credit-bearing course; therefore, participation during the entire orientation is required.

To allow for social distancing, check-in will be staggered at 8:00 and 8:15 AM at the two main entrances of the medical school. More information will be sent directly via email. The Orientation course begins with registration and computer distribution. In order to pick up your computer and ID, please be sure to have completed your VOSHA training, Green and Gold Promise, and appropriate quarantine and testing. Please be sure to check your Larner College of Medicine email for updates!

Through your participation in Orientation you will be able to:

  • Describe the teamwork model within the curriculum and the medical profession through curricular and social interactions with fellow students, staff, and faculty, while getting to know the Larner community
  • Understand curriculum structure, delivery methods, and academic expectations
  • Understand the LCOM’s commitment to professionalism, especially the importance of cultural humility to ensure equity and inclusion in our community and in the practice of medicine
  • Describe a local community need and contribute to addressing that need via community service
  • Understand how to locate and utilize services and resources provided by the Office of Medical Student Education, the College of Medicine, UVM and the community
  • Understand evidence-based pedagogy and the science of learning
  • Use computer and software tools to enable access and utilization of the curriculum content
  • Identify financial planning services available through OMSE

Student dress should be business casual for Orientation. You can read more about what entails business casual attire in the Medical Student Handbook.  You will be instructed on more casual clothing for select activities.

We know you will have many questions! Please review the information on this site and do not hesitate to contact the Office of Medical Student Education with any questions. Please review the following as they become available:   


Course Administration

Course Director

Karen LounsburyKaren Lounsbury, PhD
Director of Foundations
Professor of Pharmacology 


Acting Course Director

Prema Menon, M.D., Ph.DPrema Menon, MD, PhD
Interim Assistant Dean for Students
Assistant Professor, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine


Message from the Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education

Christa ZehleCongratulations and welcome to the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont! I am delighted that you have chosen our program for your medical education. We are a college dedicated to serving patients, the medical profession, and the local community. We strive to provide a positive learning environment and a culture of respect, dignity, and compassion for one another and for our patients.

As a UVM College of Medicine ’99 alum, I have fond memories of my first day of medical school...

Dr. Christa Zehle
Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education
Associate Dean for Students