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Pre-Orientation Checklist

We are excited about your arrival! Leading up to Orientation Week (click to learn more), there will be items that need to be completed to facilitate a smooth transition to classwork and life at Chapel Hill.

If you have questions regarding the following Pre-Orientation Checklist items – please email Dr. Valerie Glassman, Senior Director for Student Affairs, at (

Create Your ONYEN

Due: June 1, 2023

ONYEN = “Only Name You’ll Ever Need”
You will need this for items due later in the summer and to access information about financial aid and billing.

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Items To Complete in Slate

Due: June 15, 2023

Slate URL:

  • Summer Information
  • Attendance Policy
  • Exam and Quiz Policy
  • Technical Standards
  • Lecture Capture
  • Clinical Week Questionnaire


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Apply for your UNC OneCard

Due: July 14, 2023

You will take your SOM ID badge photo during the week of orientation, but you must submit a OneCard photo online. Click on the following link, review the photo requirements, and follow the steps to submit: Note that your OneCard may be used as a Voter ID card, so please make sure to upload a recent photo (no more than three years old). Please upload your photo AND sign the terms and conditions no later than Friday, July 14. If you do NOT sign the terms and conditions, your OneCard will NOT be printed. Please reach out to the OneCard office directly with any questions:

  • All incoming students, including those who were enrolled in other academic programs at UNC, should submit a photo and complete the form for a new OneCard. The OneCard will be used for attendance purposes and those older than three years will not scan appropriately.
  • Students should NOT pick up their OneCards from the OneCard Office; the cards will be distributed during Orientation to students.
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Pre-Orientation Modules

Due: July 15, 2023

Foundation Phase Textbooks

Due: August 7, 2023

Review the Foundation Phase textbook lists and obtain the necessary texts either through the Health Sciences Library, the UNC Bookstore, or other retailers.

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Lab Equipment Info

Due: By Orientation Week

All students are required to purchase a long-sleeved, mid-calf to knee-length laboratory coat to wear in Anatomy and Microbiology lab settings. These can be purchased through the Student Stores or a vendor of your choice. For questions on whether a specific model is appropriate, please email Dr. Glassman (

Students must also purchase and wear a pair of goggles for both labs. Dr. Gina Donato, Director of the Microbiology Teaching Laboratories, has recommended this model in the past (, but any similar goggles will do. Students are required to wear goggles even if they wear glasses.

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Summer Reading Info

Due: By Orientation Week

The Office of Academic Excellence has also chosen Make it Stick as an additional summer reading book. The text can be found here: (the book can be downloaded or read online). Please use your UNC ONYEN/password to access these books through the Health Sciences Library at UNC-Chapel Hill. If you are having trouble accessing these books, please contact Sarah Wright, Health Sciences Library, School of Medicine Librarian, at

More information about summer reading and discussion assignment groups will be posted on the orientation website later this summer.

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Review Technical information

Due: By Orientation Week

All incoming First-Year Medical Students will receive an iPad during Orientation Week – Please note that you will still need a computer that meets the minimum requirements.

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Review 2023-2024 Academic Calendar

Due: By Orientation Week

Academic Calendars can be found on the MD Program’s Curriculum website:

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Review Community Health Information

Due: By Orientation Week

The MD program updates COVID information here:

The University information about COVID and COVID 19 vaccination may be found here:

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Other Community Items

Due: N/A

Here are some additional items that we feel could bring value to your transition to the UNC School of Medicine community. All are optional and provided with no expectation of completion.

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