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Transitioning to Medical School Week for New MD Students

During NYU Long Island School of Medicine’s Transitioning to Medical School Week, students learn about our innovative three-year curriculum, participate in dynamic learning activities, and learn about academic and career resources. You have a chance to meet leadership, course directors, faculty, advisors, and staff; review school policies and procedures; and tour our medical school and hospital campus. You can also explore the local community and get to know your classmates and senior medical students during planned social activities.

New Student Checklist

All students must complete the following tasks to prepare for life on campus at NYU Long Island School of Medicine. Our Office of Students and Diversity will contact you and provide detailed instructions and tips to help you begin working on your checklist.

Set Up Your Email Account

Your NYU Long Island School of Medicine email account is your primary line of communication for all official school correspondence. Once you receive the instructions and your account is set up, please check it daily for important information about Transitioning to Medical School Week events and your upcoming classes.

Pick Up Your ID Cards

Students are required to have an NYU Long Island School of Medicine photo ID card to access many locations on campus. During Transitioning to Medical School Week, you report to NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island’s Security Office at 222 Station Plaza North, Floor 2 to have your photo taken and pick up your ID card.

The Security Office is open Monday through Friday, 7:00AM to 4:00PM.

Students also need an NYU-specific photo ID card, called the NYUCard, to access other student services, which you also receive during this week.

Participate in Compliance Training

At NYU Long Island School of Medicine, you have access to real patient data as part of your training, which is permitted by federal regulations for educational purposes. All students must complete compliance training in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA, to protect patient privacy. You must also complete a Code of Conduct training module to ensure that you understand the obligations that are part of working for Medicaid and Medicare healthcare providers.

Compliance training is completed online. The FOCUS System on tab, the intranet for NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island employees, is available 24 hours a day (a Kerberos ID and password are required). Instructions on accessing these training modules are sent to your NYU Long Island School of Medicine email address.

Choose Your Health Benefits

NYU Long Island School of Medicine provides comprehensive health benefits to students. Detailed instructions on selecting or waiving health insurance are sent to your NYU Long Island School of Medicine email address. You may enroll in the plan or waive coverage during our open enrollment period (a Kerberos ID and password are required).

Students who do not make any selections during open enrollment are automatically enrolled in the student health insurance plan. If you do not select vision and dental benefits, you may not opt in to these services until the next open enrollment period.

The NYU Langone Benefits Services Department processes all student health insurance information. If you need assistance or have questions, email Benefits Services at or call 212-404-3787.

Fill out the Matriculating Student Questionnaire

All incoming medical students must complete the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) online Matriculating Student Questionnaire (MSQ). Topics include premedical school experiences, medical school selection, career interests, and educational financing.

The AAMC reports data back to participating medical schools, which use them to adjust educational programs to better meet students’ needs.

You receive an invitation to complete the questionnaire at the email address you provided upon registration with the American Medical College Application Service.

Participate in White Coat Ceremony

An essential part of transitioning to medical school is participation in our annual White Coat Ceremony. Although medical students traditionally take the Hippocratic Oath at the end of medical school, they treat patients throughout their training. The Arnold P. Gold Foundation established the White Coat Ceremony in 1993 as a rite of passage for incoming medical students to affirm their professional commitment and acknowledge their primary role as caregivers. This ceremony or similar symbolic rites of passage take place each year at more than 93 percent of U.S. medical schools.

The white coat is a symbol of professionalism, compassion, and honor in medicine. Through this ceremony, our deans and faculty are setting standards for you to uphold on your journey to becoming a physician. In the presence of family, friends, and colleagues, you appear onstage to be “cloaked” in your first white coat.

Contact Us

NYU Long Island School of Medicine’s Office of Students helps you adjust to life on campus. For questions or assistance, contact us at 516-240-7200 and select option 2 or at We are located at 101 Mineola Boulevard, Floor 2, Suite 2-084.