Other Information

Accommodations: Information about academic accommodations can be found here, and the form to request accommodations can be found here.

Al’s Pals

Basic Life Support Training:  As a component of Doctoring, it is mandatory that all students be certified in Basic Life Support (BLS).  The four-hour BLS course will be held during Orientation on Wednesday, August 10.  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 Eileen Palenchar at eileen_palenchar@brown.edu with proof of your certification prior to Friday, July 29.  Please note that we can only accept certification from a classroom-based, American Heart Association-approved BLS for Healthcare Providers course, and certification is only valid for two years.  We encourage students to take the course offered during Orientation, even if already certified, in order to remain on the same training cycle as the rest of your class; otherwise, you will ultimately end up being responsible for the cost of the off-cycle training.

Canvas Course Web Site:  Classes will begin during Orientation week. Canvas is the course management system used by Brown. Resources such as textbook lists and grading policies will be posted here. You will be notified once you can access the Canvas site for the MD20 class.

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 largely 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. 

Computer Requirement: All exams are administered electronically on ExamSoft; therefore, students are required to have an iPad or other device (e.g., laptop, tablet, etc.). You can view ExamSoft's minimum system requirements for iPads, Macs, and PCs here.

Optional individual tech support from the Office of Medical Education will be available to students on August 1, the day before Orientation officially begins. It's perfectly acceptable to bring what you have and then wait until Orientation (or later!) to make a decision on what works best for you. Discounts at the Brown Bookstore are available to you as a medical student (with your Brown ID).   Click here for the AMS IT Guide.

Diagnostic Equipment for Doctoring I:  It is required that each student have their own diagnostic equipment for the Doctoring course by September 13 for vital signs practice.  For your convenience, the Doctoring administrators will give a “Diagnostic Equipment Overview/Demonstration" during Doctoring Orientation on August 23.  Click here for the list of required equipment. More information on the Doctoring course can be found here.

Lockers: 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:  Your Name, Brown University, The Warren Alpert Medical School, Box G-XXXX (insert your 4 digit box number), Providence, RI 02912.

MD20 Calendar: Here is the link to the MD20 Google Calendar.  Please add it to your favorites.  Note, this is a live calendar and subject to change!

Parking and Shuttle Information:  The Alpert Medical School of Brown University has a five-story parking structure that hosts 362 parking spaces. Parking spaces can be purchased once you have your Brown ID Card.  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 $615 and be responsible for compliance with all University parking regulations, which may be found on their webpage. Please note that the garage has a maximum number of available reserved spaces, so parking may not be available.

There is ample bike storage and shuttle service running to and from the Medical School from various locations on campus and the hospitals. More information is on the Transportation Office site.

Protest and Demonstration Guidelines

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 here.  Students will need their Brown ID number to complete the form, and it will take 48 hours to process.