The official student-produced guide to our school, city, and life in medical school.

Written by first-year medical students for the next incoming class, the Dis-Orientation Guide is the definitive source for how to happily survive and thrive at Washington University School of Medicine.


Take in some words of wisdom from the Dean of the Medical School, the Dean of Admissions, and the medical student editors of the Guide.

Why WashU

Every year, about 124 students choose Washington University School of Medicine. Read the stories of our class to see why we chose WUSM.

The Experience

You likely have thousands of questions about what it is like to be a medical student. We have answers from the people who know best — actual medical students.


Delve into the unique perspectives of our diverse student body, including cultural backgrounds, relationships, and religion, and see how they impact our studies.


Our tips to help you make the most of your time in St. Louis. We have tips on how to stay fit, find the best places to eat, travel the world, and get around St. Louis.


Whether your idea of fun is cheering on the Cardinals, dancing the night away, or catching a musical at the theatre, we have first-hand reviews of some of the best of St. Louis.


Moving can be scary. Here, we have valuable information that can help make your transition a little bit easier, including information on our favorite apartments.  


Service is a mindset here at WUSM. Here are some of the many ways we are involved at school and in the community.                                                                                                                                 


Adjusting to medical school can be difficult. Here, graduating M4s and some of our M1 class’s most popular WUSM faculty share words of wisdom for your time in St. Louis.

Meet the Guide Editors

Thank you to Joanna Kim for copy editing.

*Section editors are listed in their respective sections.