Incoming Students Orientation

July 15, 2016

Hello my dear MS20ers,

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 finals ended, Palmila has eaten her way through all of Seattle and can now be found wandering the aisles at the newly opened Whole Foods in Hyde Park, looking for things on sale. Nic has been busy settling into his new apartment in South Loop and just recently returned from France, where he enlisted his family in taking artistic photos of him staring pensively into the distance.

Another favorite pastime of ours has become 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 20 short days away from the official start of orientation 2016! 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 opportunity to meet faculty and administrators who will play an integral part in your experience here at Pritzker and will also have the chance to get to know your classmates and the other current students here. Orientation will officially begin at 8:00 AM on Thursday, August 4th in the BSLC lobby (924 E. 57th Street, Chicago, IL 60637).

Recently, 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 Canvas (notes and information for classes), (billing information, administration information and grade access), 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 you can find the following:
Bios from our 2016-2017 Pritzker Chiefs
A letter from Dr. James Woodruff, Associate Dean of Students, introducing you to the medical school’s Guiding Principles of Professionalism
A letter from Dr. Wei Wei Lee about wellness at Pritzker
A letter from Dr. Vineet Arora and Dr. Jeanne Farnan about the VISTA longitudinal experiental program
A description of the medical equipment package that you will need during your time at Pritzker, and an example order/upgrade/opt-out form
A letter introducing the library resources available at the University of Chicago
A  letter from the community engagement committee about the community engagement events they are planning for everyone on Saturday
A letter from our Basic Life Support (BLS) group leaders about your BLS training
A letter from the free clinic committee
A flyer about the student organization fair
Information on student disability insurance
A flyer to save the date for the All Society Field Day
A flyer to save the date for other fun post-orientation events
A flyer about the book club event that will take place during pre-orientation
Information about University training opportunities to address VAWA (Violence Against Women Act)

As we have emailed about, per Pritzker tradition, we are putting together an old fashioned Facebook named “Faces of Pritzker.” This is a tool to help you learn about your new classmates as well as the Class of 2019. Please help us out by filling out the SURVEY at and by submitting a PICTURE of yourself to Please ensure that the picture is at least 400 x 400 pixels (for people who don’t think in pixels, an iPhone or a larger photo is fine! Just don’t send a tiny cropped mini photo of your head because it will be blurry!) Make sure to submit your Faces of Pritzker profile and photo by Friday, July 29th.

We also wanted to remind you about the Pritzker Book Catalog ( Our academic co-chairs have been hard at work updating it with all the free books available (in the Mitchell Student Lounge and BSLC Student Computer Lab). They’ve also created a third tab where upperclassmen can post their old books for sale!

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!

On Pins and Needles for your arrival,
Pamila & Nic