Items to Complete Prior to Orientation

MOST IMPORTANTLY, please activate your Gmail@Brown account by Monday, May 22; that will be the only email address we use to communicate with your class. Please follow these instructions to activate your Gmail@Brown account:

1. Go to
2. Select Log in and Manage Account
3. Type in your username and password (same one you had for your secondary application)
4. A profile page appears with all your information. Scroll to the bottom to see your Brown ID number. You will need this number to setup your email account.
5. Scroll back up the profile page and on the left side is a list of options; select Activate your Google Account
6. Follow the steps


Advice: See this helpful "Getting Your House in Order" document for some time-saving tips for incoming medical students.

Biography:  Each year we put together a biography of the matriculating students to give to your course leaders, advisors, etc. so they will know a little about you before classes start.  All students are required to please submit a brief bio (3-5 sentences) via this google form by July 7.

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. A unique survey link was sent to the email address associated with your AMCAS account. Students who have problems logging in should contact the AAMC directly at 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 update regarding how many students have completed the questionnaire.

 brown IDbrown IDBrown ID Card:  All students in the MD Class of 2021 must visit the Brown Card Office prior to Orientation to pick up their new Brown ID card.

  • Students Who Already Have a Brown ID:  You do NOT need to submit a new photo to the Brown Card Office for your new ID.  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 Who Don't Already Have a Brown ID:  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.  To submit your photo, please log in to the secure area of Banner, go to the 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. 

Student Health Insurance

It is important that Brown University students have access to comprehensive medical care while enrolled with us. All students are automatically enrolled in the University's Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). Participation in SHIP is mandatory unless you are enrolled in another comparable health insurance plan. The effective dates of coverage are August 1, 2017 through August 14, 2018. Each student's account will be charged the $3,752 Health Insurance Fee (assessed entirely in the Fall semester), as well as a Health Services Fee, which covers the cost of basic medical care at Health Services and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). If you choose to waive SHIP, you will need to provide proof of comparable coverage by logging on and submitting the online waiver form by July 31, 2017. If you waive SHIP, you can still receive treatment at Brown Health Services.


Please see the Brown Health Services welcome letter, which details the items that you need to complete in terms of immunizations. Submission deadline is June 1, 2017.