Getting Started for Graduate Students

Getting Started Checklist | Spring Admits | Fall Admits

Let us be among the many to congratulate and welcome you to graduate school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry!

We’re planning an informative and entertaining orientation program that will introduce you to life as a University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry graduate student. 

Throughout the fall, you will be faced with many new challenges and decisions. We hope to make your transition to graduate school a smooth one and prepare you for the wealth of exciting opportunities that will come before you.

Please be sure to review our Trainee Handbook for information about your transition to the University of Rochester and to Rochester, New York. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us at 585.275.4522 or email us. We are here to help!

We look forward to your arrival!


Edith M. Lord, PhD
Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education
and the Office for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs Staff

Getting Started Checklist

For Students Starting in the Spring of 2015

A formal orientation program is not held for students starting in the spring semester. Students may reference the Getting Started Checklist above and also work with the SMD Registrar and the Graduate Program Administrator to get started during the spring semester.

For Students Starting in the Fall of 2015

International Student Orientation Program

Wednesday | August 19, 2015

School of Medicine and Dentistry Graduate Student Orientation

Monday | August 24, 2015

Program-Specific Orientation Schedules

  • Student Services Overview Schedule
  • Marriage and Family Therapy Orientation Schedule