A - Z Information

AAMC Matriculating Student Questionnaire (MSQ):  All incoming first-year medical students are asked to complete the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Matriculating Student Questionnaire.  The MSQ is one of the two main sources for learning about the needs, plans, and opinions of medical students.  This questionnaire can be completed online at: https://www.aamc.org/data/msq.  Students will need their AAMC 8-digit number to log in.  An ID look-up feature is available at the log-in site.  Students who have problems logging in should contact the AAMC directly at msq@aamc.org and include their full name, medical school, AAMC ID number, and email address.  The questionnaire takes about 20 minutes to complete, and students will have the ability to save their responses and return to complete the survey at a later time.  The AAMC will provide us with a weekly listing of all students who have completed the questionnaire.

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Basic Life Support Training:  As a component of Doctoring, it is mandatory that all students participate in the Basic Life Support (BLS) course.  It is a four-hour course that will be held during day one of orientation—Wednesday, August 6.  A booklet entitled “Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers”, published by the American Heart Association will be made available to you on the day of the course.  No review prior to the course is necessary.  If you have already been certified for BLS, please provide the Student Affairs Office with proof of your certification prior to August 1.  Please note that BLS certification is only valid for two years, and your training must be from Healthcare Providers, not Heart Saver.

Bloodborne Pathogen/Universal Precautions Training:  It is mandatory for all medical students to receive bloodborne pathogen training on an annual basis.  This training will take place during orientation.  For further information on the OSHA regulations, please follow this link:  http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/bloodbornepathogens/index.html

Brown Adventure Day:  Brown Adventure Day is a great way to learn about yourself and your classmates, as you tackle challenging, fun tasks.  The adventure games focus on team-work, collaboration, problem solving, and group development in fun and creative ways.  The event is held at the Wheeler School Farm in Seekonk, MA.  If you are interested in participating in this fun and adventurous program on day three of orientation, you will need to complete the two-page participation agreement form and return it directly to:  Donna Arruda, Alpert Medical School of Brown University, 222 Richmond Street, Box G-M262, Providence, RI 02912, or by email (Donna_Arruda@Brown.EDU), prior to orientation.

Brown ID Cards and Photo Identification Badges:  All students in the MD Class of 2018 must visit the Brown Card Office prior to orientation on August 6 to pick up their new Brown ID card and Photo Identification Badge.

  • Returning Students:  You do NOT need to submit a new photo to the Brown Card Office for your new ID and photo identification badge.  Your old photo is still in their system. If you would like a new photo, you must visit the Brown Card Office in person during normal business hours to have a photo taken. 
  • Students New to Brown:  You need to submit a photo to the Brown Card Office on or before August 1 which will be used to create your ID card and photo identification badge.  To submit your photo, please log into the secure area of Banner (https://selfservice.brown.edu), Applicant and Student section, and use the link for Brown ID Online Photo Submission.  If you fail to upload your photo prior to August 1, you will need to stop by the Brown Card Office upon your arrival to Providence (J. Walter Wilson, 69 Brown Street, 5th Floor, Room 511) between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm (summer hours) to have your photo taken.  These cards will give you access to the Medical School Building, University libraries, Athletic Facility, and Arnold Lab.   If you experience any problems with your ID/access card, please contact Patricia Martins at 863-2483 or Patricia_Martins@Brown.EDU.

It is mandatory that all medical students who will be attending Brown University’s affiliated hospitals wear a photo identification badge.  Since you will be enrolled in the Doctoring course during your first semester, you must obtain your photo identification badge and wear it at all times in the hospital.  Your instructors will also expect you to wear it in class while they are getting to know you. 

CANVAS Course Web Site:  The first day of classes will be Tuesday, August 12.  You will be notified once you can access the course web site in CANVAS.  The site includes resources such as textbook lists, grading policies and links to your class calendar.

Community Mentor:  As part of the Doctoring course, you will spend a half day each week with a community-based physician practicing the clinical skills you learn in class.  You will work with one physician mentor or, in some cases, a clinical team, for your first year of medical school.  Mentor site placements in Year 1 are random assignments and non-negotiable.  In your second year, you will work with a different mentor or clinical team.  You will also have the opportunity in Year 2 to have some amount of say in your placement (i.e. geographic location, clinical setting, or mentor specialty).  Year 1 placements will be assigned in late August.  If you have any questions regarding the mentoring program, please contact Julia Noguchi at 401-863-9717 or Julia_Noguchi@brown.edu.

Diagnostic Equipment for Doctoring I:  It is required that each student have their own diagnostic equipment for the Doctoring course by September 9 for vital signs practice.  For your convenience, the Doctoring administrators will give a “Diagnostic Equipment Overview/Demonstration" during Doctoring Orientation on August 19.  Click here for the list of required equipment.

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HIPAA Training:  Completion of two online training modules is mandatory for all students and must be completed before August 8th.  You will receive instructions on how to access these modules prior to the start of Orientation.

iPad Training:  Tech Support Open Hours, as well as IPAD Workshops will be held during first-year Orientation.

Lockers and Mailboxes:  Students will receive their combined locker/mailbox 4-digit number on day 1 of orientation.  The lockers/mailboxes are located on the second floor of the Medical School Building, in the academy suites.  Students will need to provide their own combination locks.  Your address will be:  Medical Student Name, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Box G-(4 digit number), Providence, RI 02912.   However, since UPS and other package carriers require a signature for delivery, please use the following address for express mail (UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc.):  The Warren Alpert Medical School, Box G-M(4-digit number), 70 Ship Street, Providence, RI 02903.

Medical Forms and Immunization Requirements

N95 Respirator Training and Fitting:  All medical students working in the hospitals are now required to be N95 respirator qualified on an annual basis.  This mandatory qualification process requires annual training, annual fit testing and completion of a medical questionnaire.  The training and fit testing will take place during first-year orientation.  For compliance with OSHA regulations, all students receiving a fit test must be clean shaven during the test.  All medical students must be in compliance, and will not be allowed to work in the Brown affiliated hospitals without it.  Please follow this link (osh.brown.edu) to complete the mandatory "Medical Evaluation Questionnaire" prior to August 1.  The form can only be completed online.  Please do not forward it to the Student Affairs Office since it contains confidential health information.  For further information on the OSHA regulations, please click on this link:  http://www.osha.gov/Publications/osha3079.pdf.

Parking and Shuttle Information:  The Alpert Medical School of Brown University has a five-story parking structure that hosts 350 parking spaces.  If you wish to acquire a University parking space in the garage, you will need to first register your student and vehicle information on the Transportation Office's webpage.  Once completed, you can visit the University's Transportation Office, located on the fifth floor of the J. Walter Wilson Building (60 Brown Street, Suite 511).  Please bring your Brown ID, along with a valid vehicle registration and insurance card, and inform the staff that you are a student at the Alpert Medical School and that you are there to get your parking assignment for the garage.  You will be issued a University sticker for your vehicle and an access card that will be required for you to get in and out of the garage.  By registering for University parking, you will be charged an annual fee of $605 and be responsible for compliance with all University parking regulations, which may be found on their webpage.

There is ample bike storage and shuttle service running to and from the Medical School from various locations on campus and the hospitals (http://www.brown.edu/transportation).

Transitioning to Medical School

Wellness Center Access Form:  To receive access to the 4th floor Wellness Center and adjacent fitness room at 222 Richmond Street, students must complete the online release form at the following link:  https://docs.google.com/a/brown.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFBpNE1....   Students will need their Brown ID number to complete the form, and it will take 48 hours to process.

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