Incoming Students Orientation


July 15, 2018

We hope this mailing finds you relaxing poolside with a tropical drink in hand. Things here in Chicago have been great as of late as we have all settled into our summer schedules!

Since we last wrote you, we’ve all been diving deep into our summer research projects while enjoying the Chicago summer! Jamila has enjoyed her first summer actually biking in Chicago, despite having been here for several years. She is also a new cat-sitter of a cat that talks “more than most people.” Ijezie has enjoyed having his daughter here for the past month and just threw a birthday party for her at Maggie Daley Park downtown. Ryan has developed a new love for the game “Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes” (google it.. you won’t regret it) and also just completed “Loveland’s Amazing Charity Race” with his dad (also check it out online).

Another favorite pastime of ours has been counting down the days until you all will be here to join us in all of the aforementioned pursuits and more, and by our count we are currently only a few short days away from the official start of Orientation 2018! You may have noticed from the general schedule included with the last mailing that the first few days of Orientation are going to be pretty well packed with a multitude of fun and informative activities. With that in mind, we encourage you to take some time towards the end of this month to take care of any last minute errands (internet connections, housing, banking, health insurance, financial aid, etc.) and to lounge around as much as possible. During Orientation, you will have the chance to get to know your classmates and the other current students here. Orientation will officially begin with breakfast at 8 AM on Thursday, August 2nd in the BSLC lobby (924 E. 57th Street, Chicago, IL 60637).

You should have received information about creating your UChicago CNET ID ( As a reminder, this ID will serve as your University of Chicago email address and will also be the username that you will use to log into UChicago websites including (billing and administrative information) as well as the on-campus Wi-Fi network and more. Once you set up your CNET ID, you will have access to these websites and will also be able to go about setting up your University of Chicago email address.

Last but not least, in this third and final mailing is the following:

  • Bios from our 2018-2019 Pritzker Chiefs
  • A letter from Dr. James Woodruff, Dean of Students, introducing you to the medical school’s Guiding Principles of Professionalism
  • A letter from Dr. Vineet Arora and Dr. Jeanne Farnan about the VISTA longitudinal experiential program
  • A letter from Dr. Callum Ross, Director of the Human Body course
  • A letter from the second-year Academic Co-Chairs about success in anatomy and general tips
  • A preview schedule of your Summer Quarter Schedule
  • A letter from the Trauma Surgery Interest Group about the Stop the Bleed training on the Saturday of Orientation
  • A letter from our Basic Life Support (BLS) group leaders about your BLS training
  • A flier to introduce you to Pritzker’s Identity and Inclusion (i2i) Initative
  • Information about an afternoon of Wellness activities
  • “Save the Date” Society Field Day Flier (get hyped)
  • A letter from the Free Clinic Committee
  • A letter introducing the library resources available at the University of Chicago
  • A description of the medical equipment package that you will need during your time at Pritzker, and an example order/upgrade/opt-out form
  • Information on student disability insurance
  • A page on setting up Two-Factor Authentication, a University security system
  • “Save the Date” for some fun and adventure filled post-orientation activities

I’m sure you are all terribly sad to hear that this is the final Orientation mailing and, as such, you will no longer be able to look forward to exciting, fat envelopes from us in your mailboxes. That said, you will soon have our real live faces to take the place of the many beautiful pictures of us (that you almost certainly have been cutting out to put in your medical school scrapbook), and we hope that you are as excited about this as we are. We would just like to wish you one final congratulations and hope that the final few weeks of your summer are truly splendid. Feel free to reach out should you have any questions, comments or concerns. Looking forward to seeing you in Hyde Park soon!

With thrilled anticipation for your arrival,
The Orientation Trio,

Ijezie Ikwuezunma
Ryan Judd
Jamila Picart