Class of 2024 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 2024 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 program which begins on Monday, August 10 and runs through August 14. Orientation is an essential part of your successful transition to medical school and is a credit-bearing course; therefore, attendance for the entire orientation is essential and mandatory.

Check-in will begin at 8:00 AM in the Given Courtyard, and the Orientation program immediately launches in the Sullivan Classroom. Please be sure to check this web page for any updates!

By participating in Orientation we hope you will:

  • Interact with fellow students to introduce and become familiar with the teamwork model within the curriculum and medical profession
  • Meet and interact with faculty and staff involved in their medical education
  • 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
  • Develop an understanding of the curriculum structure and academic expectations
  • Obtain technology and undergo training in software tools that will enable access and utilization of the curriculum content
  • Recognize the importance of learning and practicing professionalism and cultural humility to ensure equity and inclusion in our community and medicine
  • Gain an awareness of the importance of being integrated into an effective healthcare team
  • Engage in Community Service activities to learn about system resources in the local community

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

Helpful Links

White Coat Ceremony

Prepare now!

The White Coat Ceremony for your class will take place on Friday, October 2, 2020.

This year, White Coat Ceremony is taking place on the same weekend as UVM Parents Weekend, UVM Alumni Weekend, and UVM Medical Alumni Weekend. As such, area hotels, bed and breakfasts, AirBnBs, etc. will fill up quickly. We strongly encourage your family who plan on attending to book accommodations ASAP. Visit the alumni page for hotel block codes. Learn more about White Coat Ceremony...

Getting Settled in VT

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