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

First-year medical students write the Dis-Orientation Guide for the next incoming class, making it 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 School of Medicine and the Dean of Admissions.

Why WashU

This year, 123 students choose Washington University School of Medicine. Read the stories of our class to see why we chose WashU Med.

The Gateway 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.

Life in St. Louis

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 (COVID-friendly style).

Health and Resources

Being in a new place while socially distant can be tough. Find out how our class takes care of themselves, both physically and mentally.


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.  


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

Meet the Guide Editors


Section Editors

Visual/Media Editors

Thank you to everyone involved in editing, curating, and writing!

Special thanks to Jonathan T. and Mimi G. for helping design the cover!